Governor elections

We hold elections in our public and staff constituencies on a rolling basis every few years and our members are notified when elections are to be held.

Governors’ strength lies in working together as a Council with the Trust to make things better for our people and our patients. Read on for how to vote or stand in our local elections.


Upcoming Elections

We have elections in the following constituencies for our upcoming 2023 Governor elections which will open on 2 September 2022.

We have started the election process earlier this year to allow time for shared learning between existing and newly appointed Governors. This also provides time for newly appointed Governors to observe the December Council meeting and Board meetings and some Council committee meetings before starting their term of office in March 2023.


An induction, initial training and other learning opportunities will be provided.

Read our Notice of Election

Read our Notice of Poll – to be provided 21 October 2022


Terms of office for 7 positions in total are split as follows. The person with the most votes would be allocated the longest term and then working back where multiple vacancies are in one area.

3-year term of office: 1st March 2023 – 28th February 2026  

  • 1 Lower East Public Governor (East Sussex including Brighton & Hove)
  • 1 Lower West Public Governor (West Sussex)
  • 3 Upper East Public Governor (Medway/ Kent/ East London)
  • 1 Lower West Public Governor (West Sussex)
  • 1 Upper West Public Governor (Surrey/ NE Hants/ West London)
  • 1 Operational Staff Governor


Details of how to vote in Governor elections will be sent to you if you are a member of our Trust. This may be by email or post depending on if we have an email address for you. If you have been receiving our correspondence by post and would prefer to receive it electronically to save the NHS money, please email


Notice of Election / nomination openFriday, 2 Sep 2022
Nominations deadlineFriday, 30 Sep 2022
Summary of valid nominated candidates publishedMonday, 3 Oct 2022
Notice of Poll publishedFriday, 21 Oct 2022
Voting packs despatchedMonday, 24 Oct 2022
Close of electionWednesday, 16 Nov 2022
Declaration of results Thursday, 17 Nov 2022


How to stand in the Governor elections

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.

Complete a nomination form at

If you require a hard copy of the form, contact the Returning Officer on 020 8889 9203 or email

If you need any help, contact the Membership Office on 0300 123 9180 /

The deadline for completed nomination forms is Friday 30 September 2022.