Council of Governors' Elections 2020/21

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Our elections have now been completed and a new Council of Governors, who will represent our members and the constituencies they come from, has been chosen. Official appointments will commence on Monday 1st March 2021.

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Elections 2020/2021

Voting in the elections is now closed and a new Council has been selected.

The election timetable took place from November 2020 to February 2021.

Stage Date
Trust to send nomination material to election provider Friday 30 Oct 2020
Notice of Election / nomination open Tuesday 10 Nov 2020
Nominations deadline/Close Tuesday 08 Dec 2020
Summary of valid nominated candidates published Wednesday 09 Dec 2020
Final date for candidate withdrawal Friday 11 Dec 2020
Electoral data to be provided by Trust Monday 14 Dec 2020
Notice of Poll published Monday 4 Jan 2021
Voting packs dispatched/Elections Open Tuesday 12 Jan 2021
Close of election Tuesday 2 Feb 2021
Declaration of results Thursday 4 Feb 2021

We held a 'So you want to be a Governor’ session on zoom for those considering putting themselves up for nomination. This was an opportunity for people to hear from some of our Governors, ask questions and find out what it means to be GOSH Governor. If you were unable to attend the session but would like to watch back, watch below.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to

Future changes to constituencies

During this election, we will introduce changes to the Patient and Parent/Carer constituency and Public constituency so that the classes they cover match the electoral areas. Please note that you do not need to do anything - we will automatically move you to your new constituency before the election process starts.

The new changes are outlined in the diagram below:

You can view the map reflecting the changes in our 2019/20 Annual Membership Report here.

This means that the number of Governors elected to some of our constituencies will also be changing and instead of the current structure where we have of 26 Governors, this number will be increased to 27 in 2021. In February 2021, the current three-year Governor electoral term will conclude and Foundation Trust members will vote for their Governor representatives on the Council of Governors. Members will be kept fully informed about the elections through a comprehensive communications plan. Following these changes, the Council will change from the left to the right from the 2021 term onwards:

Phasing of elections

On 24 July 2018, the Council of Governors at GOSH agreed to amend the classes of Governor constituencies and implement the phasing of elections. This was to ensure there is a gradual turnover of Governors, retaining experience, providing for succession planning going forward and ensuring good corporate governance.

At the November 2020 to February 2021 election only, Governors’ terms will be amended to either one, two or three years, based on the number of votes received during that election. Subsequent elections will then be for full three-year terms, with elections held annually. This phasing of elections will reduce the risk that the Council loses its organisational memory at each three-yearly election. The diagram below shows this.

Get in touch

You can contact the Stakeholder Engagement Manager directly if you have any questions or would like more information about the elections.

Please email:

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