Council of Governors

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On this page you will find:

  • Role of the Council of Governors
  • Who sits on the Council of Governors
  • Important Publications 
  • Information on becoming a Member
  • Information on becoming a Governor

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Council of Governors

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we have established a Council of Governors which ensures that the views of our members, as well those of the wider community, are represented and to help the Trust shape its plans for the future.

The Council of Governors is made up of a number of elected and appointed governors and is chaired by the Trust’s Chairman. The Council is made up has 35 governors, each representing a constituency or group.

The role of the Council of Governors is set out in the NHS Act 2006 and as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It includes:

  • appointing and, if appropriate, removing the Trust chairman and other non-executive directors and holding them to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • deciding the remuneration and allowances and other terms and conditions of office of the chairman and the other non-executive directors
  • approving (or not) any new appointment of a chief executive
  • appointing and, if appropriate, removing the Trust’s auditor
  • receiving the Trust’s Annual Report, including Annual Accounts, at a general meeting of the Council of Governors
  • providing views on the Trust’s forward plan
  • holding the non-executive directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the board of directors
  • representing the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • approving significant transactions (example Acquisitions and Mergers)
  • approving an application by the Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • deciding whether the Trust’s non-NHS work would significantly interfere with its principal purpose, which is to provide goods and services for the health service in England, or performing its other functions
  • approving amendments to the Trust’s constitution

Our Board of Directors have a duty to consult and listen to the views of the Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors is made up of:

  • Appointed members from organisations that the Trust works with
  • People who use the Trust’s services elected by our membership
  • Carers of people who use the Trust’s services elected by our membership
  • Members of the public elected by our membership
  • Members of staff elected by our membership

 How can I contact the Governors?

If you would like to contact one of the Governors, please email and clearly state the name of the Governor you wish to contact.

Alternatively, if you have any feedback, comments or concerns, you can contact your governor by emailing the relevant constituency as follows:

Service Users and Carers -
Mersey Care staff -
Members of the public -

The elected Lead Governor is Hilary Tetlow.

Hilary can be contacted by emailing

Please clearly state that you wish to contact the Lead Governor/Hilary Tetlow

Council of Governors Meetings

Council of Governors meetings are open to the public and anyone can attend.  For more information about the meetings, please contact  the Corporate Governance Team via the following email address:

Agendas and papers for Council of Governors Meetings can be accessed by clicking here.

The Council of Governors meeting schedule can be accessed by clicking here.

If you are unable to open any PDF documents, you can download Adobe Reader by clicking here.

 Important Publications

Publications can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

If you are unable to open any PDF documents, you can download Adobe Reader by clicking here.

Would you like to become a member?

As an NHS foundation trust we’d like you to join us and become a member. A membership enables the Trust to be an outward facing, locally ‘owned’ organisation and enable our members to become involved and have a say in how our services are planned and developed.

We need our service users, carers, local communities and members of staff to become members of our trust to help us to ensure we meet the needs of those we serve. 
By becoming a member of the trust you will be able to ‘have your say’ on decisions that will impact on the development of the trust's services. Members (aged 16 and over) will also be eligible to elect and stand for election to the Council of Governors, and help to shape the future of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

You can choose your level of membership and therefore be either an informed member, an involved member or an active member. These distinct levels of membership help us manage our membership effectively and ensure appropriate communication with members based on informed choice.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member. 


I’m interested in becoming a Governor, what do I do next?

Our 2017 Council of Governor elections concluded in September 2017.

To ensure you are kept up to date on our elections to the Council of Governors please make sure you are a member. All members will automatically receive election details.

The Council of Governor Elections 2017 outcomes can be found here.


Contact us:

If you have any questions or would like any further information about the Council of Governors or becoming a member or governor, please contact the Corporate Governance Team by emailing: