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Reminder for nominations to Board of Governors of Mental Health Trust

Nominations for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s board of governors will close on Monday 5 March.

Foundation Trust governors are elected from the 15,000 existing Trust members and are a vital part of any NHS foundation trust. Their role is to ensure that the views of the local people are represented at the highest level of the organisation.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust are especially keen for nominations from female service users in Norfolk and Suffolk and carers in Suffolk.

Governors make key non-executive director appointments, approve the appointment of the chief executive, appoint the Trust auditors, are consulted on Trust plans and help shape the strategic direction of the organisation. They also represent the Trust to local people – acting as ambassadors for mental wellbeing.

Anyone interested in becoming a governor will need to make a commitment to participate in board meetings and attend other events, however governors aren’t involved in the day-to-day running of the Trust’s services.

Trust chair Maggie Wheeler said “We see our members as a supporters club of sorts and hope they are as excited about the future of mental health care in Norfolk and Suffolk as we are. If you are a member of the Trust and want to help us make a difference then you should consider standing for election as a governor.”

Obligation-free nomination packs are available by contacting Caroline Hinchcliffe at Electoral Reform Services Ltd.

Please note that nomination packs are not available from the Trust: you must contact the Electoral Reform Services Ltd.

Closing date for nomination period on midday Monday 5 March 2012.

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