The Council of Governors

Governors are central to the local accountability of our Foundation Trust and helps ensure the Trust Board takes account of members and stakeholders views when making important decisions. The Board must consult the Council when it is preparing the Trust’s annual plan.

Council of Governors' meetings are held quarterly, in public unless confidential business is being discussed.

What is the role of the Foundation Trust governors?

The governors are central to the local accountability of a Foundation Trust and have an important role in ensuring that the Trust Board takes account of the views of the members and stakeholders when making major decisions.

The Council of Governors:

  • Appoint, and if appropriate, remove the Trust Chairman;
  • Appoint, and if appropriate, remove the Non-Executive Directors;
  • Decide the remuneration and terms and conditions of office of the Chairman and the Non-Executive Directors;
  • Approve the appointment (by the Non-Executive Directors) of the Chief Executive;
  • Appoint, and if appropriate, remove the Foundation Trust’s external auditor;
  • Receive the Foundation Trust’s annual accounts, any report of the auditor on them, and the annual report; and
  • Approve ‘significant’ transactions that the Trust is seeking to undertake.

In addition, the Board must consult the Council of Governors when it is preparing the Foundation Trust’s annual plan. The Board must present its proposals for generating income from non-NHS activities to the Governors and the Council of Governors vote each year on whether these activities are at the detriment of the core NHS activities. The Council of Governors must approve increases in such income above a certain level.

What are the governors not there to do?

The governors have a strategic role and should not get involved in:

  • Individual complaints;
  • Staff grievances or appeals;
  • The day to day running of the Foundation Trust;
  • Ensuring that the Trust meets healthcare standards and targets.

Governors should hold the Board to account for the performance of the Foundation Trust, but should not try to veto the decisions of the Board, as the Board is accountable for the success (or failure) of the Foundation Trust.

When does the Council of Governors meet?

Meetings are held quarterly (February, May, July, November). Details of upcoming meetings, and papers and minutes from past meetings are available on the governors' meetings page. Meetings are held in public and there is an opportunity to ask questions about the Trust.

Who sits on the Council of Governors?

There are 25 members of the Council of Governors:

13 public governors »

Public Constituency – North

Graham Bartram Ian Bendall Robin Launder  Tony Ellis
Graham Bartram Ian Bendall Robin Launder Tony Ellis

Public Constituency – Central

rosemary Jenkins Ian Burnell Mohan Sharma  Kamran Qureshi
Rosemary Jenkins    Ian Burnell Mohan Sharma    Kamran Qureshi

Public Constituency – South

 No image available Rekha Wadwani  Ahmet Moustafa Keith Saunders
Marion Thompson Rekha Wadhwani  Ahmet Moustafa Des Brown

Public Constituency – Rest of England

Mandy O'Brien
Mandy O'Brien

7 staff governors »

Ari Basu  No image available Shela Kehoe
Gillian Pearce
Dr Ari Basu Liz Bunker Sheila Kehoe Gillian Pearce
Doctors and dentists Nurses & midwives (including Healthcare Assistants)
Dee Fisher Stephen Ihuanne Lubna Hussain  
Ftr John Creagh Stephen Ihuanne Lubna Hussain  
Support staff Allied Health

5 appointed governors »

Mary O'Connor  No image available Angela Joseph  Lynn Hill  No image available
Mary O’Connor
Hillingdon Council
Vacant position
Joint Negotiating &
Consultative Committee
Angela Joseph
Hillingdon CCG
Lynn Hill
Natasha Wills

How do I contact a governor?

If you would like to contact a governor or would like to find out more about the Foundation Trust then contact the Foundation Trust Office on:
Telephone number: 0800 8766953 Email:
Write to: Foundation Trust Membership Office, The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3NN.

Can I join the Council of Governors?

Public Governors are voluntary, unpaid and elected for three years. To join the Council of Governors, you will first need to become a member of the Foundation Trust. Elections are run independently of the Trust according to rules set out in the Foundation Trust’s constitution.

Council of Governors code of conduct

Governors must abide by a code of conduct (pdf, 44KB) and there are some restrictions (pdf, 27KB) on who can become a governor. The current governors’ term of office expires on 31 March 2020.

Become a member FT Office Tel: 0800 8766953
FT Membership Office
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, UB8 3NN