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Council of Governors

What is the Council of Governors

The Council of Governors (CoG) represents the views of local communities, staff and stakeholders. The Council ensures that the Trust is compliant with its licence as an NHS Foundation Trust and meets regularly to advise the Board of Directors on the Trust's development and strategies.

The majority of governors are elected into their role by the Trust's public and staff membership. The remaining governors are appointed by partner organisations such as Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities, to ensure that their views are represented.

The Council of Governors has 32 members.

Public Governors (19)

Location Number of Governors
Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset 2
Cornwall 2
Devon 4
Dorset 2
Gloucestershire 3
Isles of Scilly 1
Somerset and North Somerset 3
Wiltshire and Swindon 2

Staff Governors (6)

Location Number of Governors
Accident and Emergency (Devon and Cornwall) 1
Accident and Emergency (Dorset and Somerset) 1
Accident and Emergency (Bristol, B&NES, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Swindon, North Somerset 1
Administration and Support Services 1
Urgent Care Services 1
Volunteers 1

Appointed Governors (7)

Location Number of Governors
Clinical Commissioning Groups 2
Fire and Rescue Services 1
Air ambulance charities 1
Local authorities 1
NHS Mental Health Partnerships 1
NHS Acute Trusts 1

What is the role of governors?

Governors do not undertake operational management of NHS Foundation Trusts; they challenge the Board of Directors and collectively hold them to account for the Trust's performance and advise on its future development.

It is the responsibility of Governors to represent their members’ interests, in particular with regards to the strategic direction of the Trust. Legislation provides governors with statutory responsibilities and more details about their roles can be found here.

Who are the Trust's governors?

  • The current membership and area each governor represents is available to view here.
  • The interests declared by members of the Council of Governors can be viewed here.

The governors can be contacted by email at governors@swast.nhs.uk

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC.