Council of Governors


Every Foundation Trust has a Council of Governors whose main purpose is to represent the views and opinions of the organisation’s members.

Governors stand for a term of up to three years and can stand for re-election on two more occasions. Governors are made up of those elected by members and those appointed by our partner organisations including Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. 

 Governors work with the Board of Directors (which is legally responsible for our day-to-day running and strategic development) and agree what needs to be done to meet the needs of the community.

 The Council of Governors link the Board of Directors to the membership and community.

 The Chairman of the Board of Directors is also the Chairman of the Council of Governors.

Get Involved 

The Trust values the involvement of people who use our services, their friends and relatives, carers and local people. We recognise that to create good working partnerships we need your help and involvement to enable us to learn from peoples experiences and develop our services to best support those who use them.

There is a range of ways that you can become involved in the work of the Trust. You can

  • become a member of the Trust. This will give you access to more information about the Trust, our plans and how we work and an opportunity to influence directly how we provide our services. For more information and an application form, go to our Membership section
  • be elected as a public governor of our Foundation Trust
  • join the Carers Participation Group
  • talk to our PALS service about your experiences and the opportunities you have to share your views and experiences of any of our services
  • become a volunteer in one of our hospitals or community mental health sites
  • train staff or other service users and carers
  • be a member of recruitment panels

Voluntary sector representation on Council of Governors

Somerset Partnership is a community and mental health Trust and serves the people of Somerset. The Trust is one of the largest health service providers in the county.

The Trust provides health services including district nursing, health visiting, adult mental health inpatient and assessment, children and young people’s services, talking therapies and learning disabilities. The Trust also runs the 13 community hospitals in Somerset and the seven minor injury units (MIUs).

The Trust actively looks to continue to work with the voluntary sector to help us shape our services and strategy for the population of Somerset.  As part of this, our constitution includes a provision for voluntary sector organisations with an interest in mental health, community health or learning disabilities services to have a seat on the Council of Governors so that they can have a direct influence on our planning and priorities.  Following the 2017 nomination process, one seat has remained vacant and if your organisation is interested in representing the voluntary sector on the Council of Governors, could you please email, including in which services your organisation has an interest.

We are therefore seeking interest now from across third sector organisations to join our Council of Governors and put your organisation forward to represent the voluntary sector on the Council of Governors.  If you are interested, could you please email, including in which services your organisation has an interest.  

Attached is some information about the statutory duties of Governors and the time commitment to assist you in deciding whether this is something you would wish to participate in.