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 2024 Governor elections which will open on 1 September 2023

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


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


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.

Nomination Forms are now available.

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.