Harrogate Hospital

Your help needed to influence NHS services in the Harrogate and Knaresborough areas

2 October 2015

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is asking local people to help shape its future by becoming a Governor.

The Trust is holding an election to the Council of Governors with vacancies for Governors to represent the interests of the people living in Harrogate and surrounding villages and Knaresborough and east district.


Sandra Dodson, Chairman and Chair of the Council of Governors, said:

Our Governors are an integral part of the Trust and ensure that we are accountable to the local community we serve. The Council of Governors has key responsibilities such as the appointment of the Non-Executive Directors on the Board of Directors, the appointment of the Trust’s external auditor and development of an active membership.  There are opportunities to work on specific projects and to represent the Trust locally and nationally too.

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, we are extremely lucky to have an active and engaged Council of Governors, who lead the way on initiatives such as our award winning Education Liaison programme. Now we are looking for people to join our Council of Governors and help to shape the Trust as we move forward.


In order to stand or vote in the elections, you have to be a member of the Foundation Trust. It is free to join and an application form is available on the Trust’s website at www.hdft.nhs.uk or available from the Foundation Trust Office on (01423) 554489 or by emailing HDFT.membership@hdft.nhs.uk

If you are interested in finding out more about being a Governor and would like to register your interest, please contact the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554489 or via email to Angie Colvin, Corporate Affairs and Membership Manager, at angie.colvin@hdft.nhs.uk  You can also find helpful information and details on how to stand for election on the Trust’s website: http://www.hdft.nhs.uk/foundation-trust/govenors-elections/

Nominations open on Monday 5 October and the deadline for election nominations is Monday 2 November 2015.

Members are welcome to attend one of the following information sessions for Prospective Governors:

  • Monday 12 October, 3-4pm, Classroom, Strayside Education Centre, 3rd Floor, Harrogate District Hospital
  • Tuesday 13 October, 6-7pm, Classroom, Strayside Education Centre, 3rd Floor, Harrogate District Hospital
  • Monday 19 October, 6-7pm, Eastgate Surgery, 31b York Place. Knaresborough, HG5 0AD

Members will have the opportunity to meet with the Chairman and current Governors and learn more about the role of a Governor and the election process at the information session.

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