Help us shape mental health services by standing as a Governor

Do you want to make a difference to the way local mental health services are delivered across your area? Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding elections for 13 new Governors. 

The Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to all ages in Sussex, as well as children and young people in Hampshire.

Its Council of Governors is representative of its patients, staff and local communities and as such, plays a vital role in ensuring the decisions made by the Trust are reflective of the views of these key stakeholders.

Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership and Chair of the Council of Governors, said: “Our governors play a vital role in helping to shape future services for our communities. The Council supports the Board to ensure that that our services are shaped to meet the needs of those who access the services and our local communities.

“They tell us it’s incredibly rewarding and I hope others are inspired to look at joining them.

“You don’t need any previous experience. We offer training and support so that people clearly understand the roles we are asking them to perform and have the skills and knowledge to fulfil them. Where service users or carers are standing, we will work closely with them to ensure they are supported throughout the process.”

Amy Herring, Lead Governor for Sussex Partnership, said: “There's no better time to become involved in mental health in the NHS than now. The NHS is considered to be a complex organisation, but we need the strong accountable voice from Governors to help us and our partners move forward in providing the high standards of compassionate care to our local community.

“If this sounds like you and you are interested in being a time-committed volunteer in shaping the local community of mental health of today, please consider standing as a Governor”.

Anyone can stand as a governor, providing that they are a member of the Trust. The role is voluntary and governors receive reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred, such as travelling costs whilst undertaking their duties. Governors will sit on the Council for a three year term of office.

Their duties will include:

  • Ensuring there is robust challenge about the strategic direction of the Trust, its vision and how it is performing
  • Sharing with the Board and Council the views of the local people they represent
  • Actively seeking out what they think about the services provided by Sussex Partnership
  • Participating in meetings of the Council of Governors, its Committees, Governor Training Days and Joint Council of Governors/Board of Directors, to represent the views of their constituencies and undertake the statutory duties of a Governor.  

The following positions are being recruited to this year: 

  • Service User, Brighton and Hove – 1 position
  • Service User, East Sussex – 2 positions
  • Public, Brighton and Hove – 1 position
  • Public, East Sussex – 2 positions
  • Public, West Sussex – 2 position
  • Public, Outside of Sussex – 1 position
  • Carer – 3 positions
  • Staff – 1 position

Nominations must be received by the Electoral Reform Service no later than Thursday 6 June 2019. 

Are you interested in finding out more? Visit or contact Natalie Hennings, Corporate Governance Manager, on 0300 304 2066 or by email at