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Governor elections


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 or visit the 'What Governors do' page.

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. You must be a member of our Trust to stand or vote in elections.

2019 Governor Elections
Our elections next year will be for Governors in East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey & Kent constituency areas. We will also be holding elections for three Staff Governors in 2019 as detailed below. We will provide training, support and guidance for carrying out this important voluntary role within the Trust. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with your fellow Governors and the Board and learn more than you ever thought you needed to know about your local NHS ambulance service! If you are up for reading formal papers and asking questions in public meetings to make sure we are putting our patients and people at the heart of our decision making - then this could be the role for you!

We have upcoming elections for a three-year term of office (01 March 2019 - 28 February 2022) on the Council of Governors as follows:

1 Non Operational Staff Governor
2 Operational Staff Governors
1 East Sussex Public Governor
1 West Sussex Public Governor
3 Surrey & North East Hampshire Public Governors
1 Kent Public Governor

How to apply
In order to stand for election we ask you to request a nomination form, or complete one online. Prospective Governors should write a statement (of no more than 250 words) about why you are standing for election to become a Governor, and what experience you can bring to the role. It helps bring your nomination to life if you are also able to submit a passport-sized photograph of yourself. A nomination form to stand for election can be obtained in the following ways from the 3rd December 2018 when nominations are open:

Complete the form online:
Telephone: 0208 889 9203
Text: Text 2FT SE and your name and address to 88802
Post: Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW.

The timeline for the election process is as follows:
Monday, 3 Dec 2018: notice of Election / nomination open
Monday, 14 Jan 2019: 5pm deadline for submitting a nomination
Friday, 1 Feb 2019: voting packs are despatched to our members
Thursday, 21 Feb 2019: close of election
Friday, 22 Feb 2019: declaration of results

Time commitment
Our current Governors have said that the more you can put in to the role time wise, the more you will get out of it as it can be a steep but rewarding learning curve. On average, our Governors give between 2 – 4 days per month. Staff Governors have up to 22.5 hours per month to undertake the role as part of their work schedule.

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 is not yet a member, they still have time to sign up online on our website or by requesting a paper form from the membership office (must have signed up by the 13th January).

We will be holding information sessions on the Governor role as follows, please let the membership office know if you plan to attend so we can send further details.
13th Dec West Sussex - Crawley HQ 11am -1pm
17th Dec Surrey – Banstead Offices 10am - 12pm
17th Dec East Sussex - Polegate Make Ready Centre 2.30 - 4.30pm
18th Dec Kent - Coxheath offices 1.30 - 3.30pmIf you are unable to attend in person you can always contact the Membership Office on 0300 123 9180 for a chat about the role.

Not ready to volunteer for the role? Remember you can vote for someone who has stood to represent you. Why not register your interest with the Membership Office and we can keep you in the loop regarding any future elections should your interest change: email

Further information 

What do Governors do?

Represent the interests of our members and the public, sharing views and concerns with the Board at our Council meetings.

Act as ambassadors for the Trust in their local community by taking part in membership engagement activities and getting to know local stakeholders. 

Recruit/appoint Non-Executives including the Chair.

Work closely with our Non-Executives to hold them to account for the performance of the Board.

Contribute to our annual plans.

Plan our membership events and much more!

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.

Why stand as a Public Governor?
“I will soon have served 8 years as a Governor for the Trust. With so many ups and downs over this period, the best thing has been the wonderful, friendly, enthusiastic and professional support I have received from the Corporate Governance Team who look after the Council. I continue in this role for the satisfaction of having real influence into a service we or our families and communities may all have to use at some point in our lives”. - Brian Rockell Public Governor for East Sussex

If you have any questions about the role of our Governors, please contact the Membership Office  email

Previous election results:

Results of 2018 Governor Election

Public (Brighton & Hove) - Marianne Phillips

Read the formal results of voting in the 2018 election.

You can find out more on existing and newly elected Governor's by visiting the 'About us' page on our website.

Results of the 2017 Governor Elections

Public (West Sussex) – Matt Alsbury-Morris
Public (East Sussex) – Brian Rockell (re-elected)
Public (Surrey and North East Hampshire) – Felicity Dennis
Public (Surrey and North East Hampshire) – Gary Lavan
Public (Kent) – Dr Terry Collingwood
Public (Kent) – Marguerite Beard-Gould (re-elected)
Public (Kent) –  David Escudier
Public (Medway) – Stuart Dane
Staff (Operational) – Nick Harrison

Read the formal results of voting in the 2017 elections

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.


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.


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

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


Brighton and Hove constituency:

Formal report of voting: Brighton and Hove 2012


Kent constituency:

View the official Notice of Poll (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 election results (2010)

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