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Become a Governor

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving public health, increasing the public’s understanding and awareness of the ambulance service, and want a challenging role that can make a difference, then becoming a SECAmb governor may be for you. You do not need to be a health specialist but you will need to be a member of our Trust.

We hold elections in our public and staff constituencies on a rolling basis every second and third year, but elections can be held in the interim if there are resignations from the Council. We will inform all our members in the constituencies where an election is to be held. 

See our Governor elections page for information about any current elections and previous ones. SECAmb does not choose its public or staff Governors – they are elected by our members – but we do have an idea of what we’d like our Council and Governors to be like.

To help you understand more about the role, we have developed a Governors handbook. In general, we are looking for an active, engaged and challenging Council of Governors; one that ensures members' interests and the interests of patients and the wider public are taken into account in the development of services. We are keen for our Governors to be adept at reviewing meeting papers and asking questions off the back of this in a public forum to enable the Council to fully discharge it's duties effectively. We will provide training in support of this.

You must become a member in order to stand for election as a Governor.

Governors in a Foundation Trust represent the voice of the people in their constituencies (covering areas: Kent, Medway, East Sussex, West Sussex , Surrey & North East Hampshire and parts of London), protect and promote their interests, and will scrutinise decisions to ensure they are in the best interests of our patients and our people.


The role of the Governor continues to develop over time as we work with our Governors to ensure their skills and commitment are effectively channelled for the benefit of our patients and our people. If you would like to find out more about the role of Governors, please contact the membership office or view the further information detailed on the 'What Governors do' page.

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