Nominations for candidates to stand for election in a number of our Council of Governor constituencies opened today (September 1).

If you’re a Foundation Trust member and interested in standing for election to become a governor, you have until Monday 2 October to submit your entry.

Anyone who is not currently a member is also able to stand in this round of elections after joining as a member.

Our governors play a vital role in representing the public and working with our Trust Board. Our Council of Governors plays an important role in the governance of the Trust. It appoints the Chair and Non-Executive Directors, as well as the Trust’s external auditor. In addition, it is kept informed about the Trust’s plans and the structure is designed to provide patients and the public with assurance that the Trust is putting the patient at the heart of all we do.

The Council is made up of 24 people; 13 publicly elected governors, four staff-elected governors and seven governors appointed from organisations we work closely with.

For more information please visit: Council of Governors – NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (

This year, elections will be taking place in the following constituencies:

  • x2 Lower East (East Sussex & Brighton)
  • x2 Upper West (Surrey, Hants & West London)
  • x1 Lower West (West Sussex)
  • x1 Staff Operational

Following the nomination process, polls will open on 17 October and close on 9 November.

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 they are standing for election to become a Governor, and what experience they will bring to the role.

Nomination forms are available online here: South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Governor Election | UK Engage (

If you require a hard copy of the form, please email

If you need any support, contact the Returning Officer on 0345 209 3770.

The deadline for completed nomination forms is 5pm Monday 02 October 2023.  If you are returning your form by post, please ensure you allow sufficient time for it to arrive before the deadline.

For information on how to become a member of SECAmb please visit: Become a member – NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (