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Your Governors

The Council of Governors is comprised of 28 governors. These are 20 public governors, elected by members in the six constituencies which make up the Trust`s catchment area, 4 staff governors and 4 nominated governors representing various stakeholders.  

Click here to see who your governors are and how you can get in touch with them.

Our membership is split into constituencies:


  • Bramhall & Cheadle
  • Tame Valley & Werneth
  • Heatons & Stockport West
  • Marple & Hazel Grove
  • High Peak & Dales 
  • Outer Region


  • Staff


  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Stockport Healthwatch
  • Age UK Stockport (Charity)
  • Greater Manchester University 
The role of the governor

The Council of Governors are the voice of the community, ensuring that local people have a say in the running of their hospital.

The statutory responsibilities of the Council of Governors are set out in the Trust’s Constitution and are summarised as follows:

  • To hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • To represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • To appoint and/or remove the Chairman and other Non-Executive Directors
  • To appoint the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • To approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • To decide the remuneration, allowances and other terms and conditions of office of the Chairman and the other Non-Executive Directors
  • To appoint or remove the Trust’s auditor
  • To receive at a general meeting of the Council of Governors; the annual accounts, any report of the auditor on the annual accounts and the annual report
  • To approve amendments to the Trust’s Constitution
  • To approve applications for a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution of the Trust
  • To approve the Trust entering into a significant transaction.

In relation to the statutory responsibility to represent the interests of members and the public, governors will be expected to:

  • Proactively engage with their members and the public through their own personal connections, and those identified through the Trust
  • Lead on development of the Trusts’ membership strategy
  • Share information about important decisions with other members or, in the case of appointed members, the organisations that appointed them. Likewise to feedback information from members and the public, and the appointing organisations regarding key matters that may impact the Trust.
  • Promote membership of the Foundation Trust
  • Act as “ambassadors” for the Trust – helping it to raise awareness of developments and service improvements
  • Support the Trust’s corporate objectives and public engagement activities.

Who can be a governor?

You must be a member of the Trust.  You must be 16 years or over and you must live in the public area you wish to represent or be a staff member of the staff constituency.  If you move out of the public area you are serving, or are no longer a member of staff, during your term of office you will have to step down.

Please register to become a member of the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

See here for details on Governors` Meetings.

For information on elections to the Council of Governors see here.

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