SECAmb seeks members of the public to stand for election to Council of Governors
02 January 2013
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
is holding elections for public governors to represent East Sussex,
Kent, Surrey and West Sussex on our Council of Governors.
As a Foundation Trust, SECAmb has a Council of Governors which
works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the Trust is
accountable to the public it serves.
The vacancies are due to the term of office of several current
governors coming to an end, though most are standing for
re-election and hope to remain part of the Council.
The Council of Governors is made up of members of the public,
SECAmb staff and stakeholders from organisations that work closely
with SECAmb, such as the police and other NHS Trusts.
Public governors are elected from among SECAmb’s public
Foundation Trust members. The Trust has 5900 public members across
the South East Coast area, and public members who are resident in
Sussex, Surrey and Kent (excluding Medway and Brighton and Hove)
are asked to nominate themselves before 17 January 2013 if they
wish to stand for election. Those who are not yet members of the
Trust are very welcome to stand but will need to become members
Tony Thorne, Chair of the Board and Council, said: “The Council
represents the interests of and is accountable to the membership of
the Trust. It also has a broader duty to represent the general
public in the areas served by the Trust. Governors have the
opportunity to participate in a variety of committees and groups if
“It performs various statutory duties as well as an important
role in holding the Board to account on behalf of members and the
public. In the past 12 months our governors have played a key role
in the recruitment of two new Non-Executive Directors to the Board,
provided input to the development of our annual plan and helped
formulate objectives for quality improvements.
“I would encourage anyone who cares about their local ambulance
service and can spare one day a month, to become a member as soon
as possible, if they’re not already and nominate themselves in this
Governors are not expected to bring in-depth knowledge of
healthcare or the ambulance service: they simply need to care about
patients and wish to represent the interests of their
Anyone aged 16 or over can become a public member and stand for
election, and the Trust welcomes nominations from all sections of
the community. The membership form can be filled in online:
or requested from the Membership Office (01273 484821). Governors
are not paid, but out of pocket expenses for travel and any other
assistance needed to ensure people can fully participate are
covered by the Trust.
Members of the public who would like to learn more about the
role or request a nomination form should contact Izzy Allen on
07770 685772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the ‘Governors’ section of the Trust’s website: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/get_involved.aspx