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Our public governors are elected by our members.

Governors hold office for three years. Standing for election is a simple process and all our members will be notified in advance of any election - see below for information about any current election and previous elections. For more information about the role, you may wish to download our Handbook about being a Governor.

If you might be interested in standing in the future or would simply like more information about the role of a governor, please contact the Membership Office.

 

Stand for election as a SECAmb 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 voluntary role that can make a difference, then becoming a SECAmb Governor may be for you. You do not need to have a background in health services, just an interest in your local ambulance service. We hold elections in our public and staff constituencies on a rolling basis every second and third year. 

2017 Elections

Nominations are now closed and voting will commence on 8th February 2017. Thank you to all of our members who put themselves forward for nomination in the elections.

You can find the '2017 Statement of Candidates' here, and also on the Electoral Reform Services website, scroll down and click on 'Statement of Candidates': www.ersvotes.com/secamb2017

Click here for the notice of poll for the elections.

Full candidate statements and details of how to vote will be issued to members in the constituencies where elections are taking place on the 8th February 2017. You have until the 28th February to cast your vote. If you have not received these details on or shortly after the 8th Feb and believe you should have, please contact the Membership Office on 01273 484821 or email ftmembership@secamb.nhs.uk

Upcoming elections are as follows:
Public (West Sussex) – 1 to elect (from a vacant position in the 2016 elections)
Public (East Sussex) – 1 to elect
Public (Surrey and North East Hampshire) – 2 to elect
Public (Kent) – 3 to elect
Public (Medway) – 1 to elect
Staff (Operational) – 1 to elect

SECAmb does not choose its public or staff Governors – they are elected by our members. Governors in a Foundation Trust represent the voice of the people in their constituencies, protect and promote their interests, and will receive information about the Trust’s plans to ensure they are always in the best interests of patients.

The timeline for the election process is as follows:

Wednesday, 8 Feb 2017 Voting packs are despatched to our members     
Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 Close of election
Wednesday, 1 Mar 2017 Declaration of results

Notice of Election


Further information 

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. You must be a member in order to stand for election as a Governor – if you know someone who is interested in standing for election but isn’t yet a member, they still have time to join (up to 19 January).

The following Governor responsibilities are set out in more detail in the Governor Handbook: · Attendance at six Council of Governors meetings per year. ·
Undertaking statutory duties, such as appointing and setting pay and conditions for the Chair and Non-Executive Directors.
Representing members and ensuring their voice is heard.
Acting in an advisory role, bringing the public and patient perspective to the Council of Governors.
Being an ambassador and guardian for SECAmb, including reaching out to new members, and ensuring SECAmb puts the needs of patients at the heart of everything we do.

Governors are also expected to sign a confidentiality agreement and abide by the Trust’s Code of Conduct for Governors, details of which can be found in the Governor Handbook. In order to comply with safeguarding requirements, newly elected Governors will be expected to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (which replaces the Criminal Records Bureau CRB). The cost of the check is paid for by the Trust. The disclosure is returned to the individual, who will then be expected to send a copy of the disclosure to the Trust.

If you have any questions about the role of our Governors, please contact the Membership Office on 01273 484821 or email ftmembership@secamb.nhs.uk

Results of the 2016 Governor elections

The results of the 2016 elections are as follows:

Staff – Operational: Charlie Adler
Staff – Operational: Nigel Coles
Staff – Non-Operational: Alison Stebbings 

Public - East Sussex – Peter Gwilliam (re-elected)
Public - Surrey – Mike Hill (re-elected)
Public - Surrey - Peter Beaumont
Public - Kent - James Crawley
Public - West Sussex – Geoff Lovell (elected uncontested)

Read the formal results of voting


Brighton and Hove public constituency - April-June 2015
The results of the election were announced on 19 June and Jean Gaston-Parry has been re-elected for a second three year term of office from 21 June 2015 until 20 June 2018. Thank you to all members who voted and especially to the other candidate for the position.

Read the result of the election.

Read the official notice of poll.

Read the official notice of election.

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Previous election results:

2014

Elections to the Council in five constituencies concluded on 27 February 2014.

Read the formal Results of Voting

Please note that due to their only being one candidate for the vacancy in Medway, Mr Paul Chaplin has been elected unopposed and will begin his role on the Council in March.

Read the Official Notice of Election

Read the Official Statement of Candidates

2013 

We held elections in several constituencies between January and March 2013.

Read the formal notice of election results

Read the Notice of Poll: which confirms candidates' names and the constituenices in which they are standing for election.

2012

Brighton and Hove constituency:

Formal report of voting: Brighton and Hove 2012

Formal notice of election: Brighton and Hove 2012

2011

Kent constituency:

View the official Notice of Poll (Kent 2011)

View the official election results for Kent 2011

Please note that while Michael Whitcombe won the election, he was subsequently appointed as a member of SECAmb staff and was therefore ineligible to be a public governor. As set out in our constitution, we then approached the candidate with the next highest number of votes and Margaret Bridges was appointed as a public governor for Kent.

Inaugural elections 2010

Our first elections for staff and public governors were held in November and December 2010. The results were announced on 14 December 2010.

We'd like to thank all our members who took the time to vote.

Find out who your public governor(s) are

View the official Notice of Poll (2010)

View the official election results (2010)

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