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Following its governor elections, which ended on Thursday 28 March, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has announced who will sit on its council of governors.

Trust members have been voting for who they would most like to be represented by, and the successful candidates are David Pearson for Craven; Nicky Green for Keighley; and Surji Cair for Shipley. The Rest of England constituency will be represented by Safeen Rehman, who resides in Wakefield, where the Trust provides school nursing and health visiting services.

The new governors will have their induction next month where they will meet some of the Trust’s Board, and will officially take up their posts on 1 May 2019, when they will join the existing public, staff and appointed governors currently in post.

Their role will be to represent the views of local people about the Trust’s services and contribute to plans at Council of Governor meetings. A further election for two governor places to represent our Bradford South constituency will take place in the summer.

Governors have a number of statutory duties, including the appointment of external auditors, appointment of non-executive directors, including the chair, and agreeing their levels of remuneration, the new governors’ terms of office will be for three years.

Paul Hogg, the Trust’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who showed an interest in becoming a governor of our Trust, and everyone who voted. Our Council of Governors has a crucial role in connecting with our communities, as they represent the views of local people and give them a voice, providing us with a vital link to the people we serve. I’d like to congratulate the successful candidates who will be joining the Trust; they all possess valuable experience and knowledge that will be useful to the Trust, and the Board and senior leadership team look forward to working closely with them.”

Members of the public who wish to share their thoughts about Trust services can contact their local governor by emailing ft@bdct.nhs.uk.