Interested in becoming a Governor?

24 Nov 2021, 12:41 p.m.

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Our Governors make a valuable impact to how GOSH is run and the way care is given. Could you be our next Governor?

We sat down with Hannah, one of our young Governors to share with you what it's like to be a GOSH Governor.

Read on for Hannah's interview. You can also join our 'So you want to be a Governor’ session on Zoom on Thursday 25th November 2021 at 1pm. Hear from our Governors, ask questions, and find out what it means to be GOSH Governor. Email foundation@gosh.nhs.uk to access the Zoom link.

How can you make an impact as a Governor?

Being a Governor provides constant development opportunities to understand the challenges the hospital faces, alongside ensuring you gain the knowledge, whilst bringing your expertise and skills. Your enthusiasm and commitment will make an impact.

What contributions do you make to help improve the GOSH council? How do you ensure everyone's voice is being heard?

I ensure the right questions are being asked to our non-executive directors, who, in turn, make sure the senior management of the Trust is focussing on the right topics. It's a great opportunity to get insight into how a world-leading children's NHS Trust is run and make an impact in the strategic future of the Trust so that it can transform the lives of the patients we see and their families as well as the staff who work here.

Asking questions is a crucial part of being a Governor. Every member of the Council has the opportunity to expand their duties by observing committees and contributing to different groups. I sit on the Constitution Working Group and observe the People and Education Assurance Committee. This allows me to gain a greater insight into certain areas of the hospital and my contributions. 

What prompted you to become a governor?

Having been a sibling of a patient for over 10 years, I have always felt passionately about GOSH and its future. I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of and help to shape.

What makes you proud to be a public governor?

I am proud to be a Governor at GOSH because I work with such inspirational people, who prioritise innovation in order to benefit all stakeholders. It is a privilege for me to be able to act as a critical friend to the hospital in an interesting and rewarding role. I particularly enjoy being involved in strategic decisions.

What do you wish other people knew about the role of a governor?

It is an important role and it is great to have a diverse council.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of joining as a Member or standing as a Governor?

If you want to be a part of the future of GOSH, I encourage you to join and/or stand.

Join our So You Want to be a Governor session

Apply to be a GOSH Governor

Nominations are now open for members to apply for a seat on the GOSH Council of Governors, many of whom have first-hand experience of the hospital's services and offer valuable insight that helps improve the hospital services.

Visit our elections page Council of Governors’ Elections 2021/22 to find out how you can get involved and put yourself forward.

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