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Governors for all our public and staff constituencies are filled through formal elections.

How the elections are handled is explained in detail in the Constitution.

Governors are elected for three year terms and are able to stand again. When we were set up in 2010, a number of the Governors were only elected for an initial two year term- we did this to ensure that in 2013 not everyone was due for re-election at the same time! Hence you can see on the Who’s Who of Governors that they do have variable terms of office.


Notice of Elections

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, Ciara Norris (details in the document linked above), by 5pm on Friday 4th October 2019.


An election is to be held for eleven Public Governors in the following constituencies:

  • Elmbridge
  • Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Spelthorne
  • Woking and Guildford


An election is to be held for two Staff Governors for each of the following constituencies:

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Nursing and Midwifery


Council of Governors' Elections

Have you got what it takes to be a Governor?

Enthusiasm and support for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are the requirements for any would-be Governor. Would you like to have more of a say in how Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust develops it services? If so, would you be interested in standing for election as a Governor of the Trust?

Our Council of Governors is made up of 25 Governors and its main purpose is to hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting. Governors represent the interests of the Trust’s membership (which includes staff, patients and local residents) and the wider public. Becoming a Governor is a good way to build your knowledge about what is going on in the Trust and the wider NHS.


We are holding elections this autumn for:

Public Constituencies

  • Elmbridge (3 positions)
  • Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames (2 positions)
  • Spelthorne (3 positions)
  • Woking and Guildford (3 positions)


Staff Constituencies

  • Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare scientists, Healthcare Assistants (1 position)
  • Nursing and Midwifery (1 position)


You are welcome to nominate yourself to be a member of the Council of Governors as long as you live in or belong to one of the constituencies above. No special skills or knowledge about healthcare are required and support will be provided through the Membership Office to make sure any Governor can carry out his/her role.


How to apply

This summer we will be arranging an Open Evening (7th August) when you can learn more about the role of Governor and talk with existing Governors. Further information on the Open Evening and how to apply will follow over the next couple of months.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards,

Anu Sehdev
Membership and Engagement Manager


Election to the Council of Governors 2018


Results of the Election to the Council of Governors 2016


Results of the Election and Bye Election to the Council of Governors 2015


Results of Runnymede Bye Election 2014


Results of the Election to the Council of Governors 2013


Results of the Election to the Council of Governors 2012


Spelthorne Bye Election 2012


Resources for Governors

A fact sheet on the role is available below together with our rules on canvassing.

You can find more documentation by clicking here.