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​Council of Governors

NHS Foundation Trusts are required to have a Council of Governors (CoG). CoGs have specific statutory duties as follows:

• Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Chair.
• Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the other NEDs.
• Decide the remuneration and allowances and the other terms and conditions of office of the Chair and the other NEDs.
• Approve the appointment of the Chief Executive.
• Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Trust’s external auditors.
• Receive the Trust’s annual accounts, any report of the auditor on them, and the annual report.
• Give views on the Trust’s forward plans.
• Approve (or not) any increase by 5% or more the proportion of the Trust’s total income in any financial year attributable to activities other than the provision of goods and services for the purposes of the health service in England.
• Hold the NEDs to account, individually and collectively, for the performance of the Board.
• Approve (or not) any proposal for merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution.
• Approve (or not) any significant transaction (as defined in the Trust’s Constitution).
• To represent the interests of FT members and the public as a whole. 
• Approve (jointly with the Board of Directors) any amendments to the Trust’s Constitution.

Further key functions for Governors are to:

• Act in the best interests of the Trust and adhere to its values and code of conduct.
• Feedback information about the Trust, its vision and its performance, to the members or stakeholder organisations that either elected or appointed them.
• Communicate with members and understand members’ views.
• Develop and review the FT Membership Strategy, ensuring representation and engagement levels are maintained and developed in line with strategy.  

Meet the Governors

You can contact some Governors directly (details below). Alternatively please contact the Foundation Trust office on 01305 255419 or email foundation@dchft.nhs.uk and your request and details will be forwarded on.

Elected Public Governors​

West Dorset

Sarah Carney
West Dorset
Contact via Membership Office​​

David Cove
West Dorset
dhcove@btinternet.com

 

Gavin Maxwell
West Dorset
01308 456398

 

Naomi Patterson
West Dorset
Contact via Membership Office

David Tett
West Dorset
01308 425070

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​Weymouth and Portland

Margaret Alsop
Weymouth & Portland
Contact via Membership Office

 

Stephen Mason
Weymouth & Portland
Contact via Membership Office

Jean Spain
Weymouth & Portland
Contact via Membership Office

Dave Stebbing
Weymouth & Portland
daves.dchftgov@gmail.com​ 

 

Sharon Waight
Weymouth & Portland
Contact via Membership Office

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North Dorset

Christine McGee
North Dorset
Contact via Membership Office

 

Maurice Perks
North Dorset
Contact via Membership Office

East Dorset

Simon Bishop
Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch,
Bournemouth & Poole
Sjhbishop@aol.com​​

 

Elected Staff Governors

Tracy Glen
tracy.glen@dchft.nhs.uk 



Lee Armstrong
lee.armstrong@dchft.nhs.uk​


Tony James
tony.james@dchft.nhs.uk ​


Appointed Governors:

Peter Wood
Age UK, Dorchester

Annette Kent and Barbara Purnell
Friends of Dorset County Hospital

Dr Jenny Bubb
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Kevin Brookes
Dorset County Council

Davina Smith
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust​

Paul Bithell (interim)
Dorset Kidney Fund