Governors - elections

If you are interested in health provision in Dorset, would like your voice to be heard, and the interests of your local area to be represented, stand for election in August 2021.

This year, 2021, we have the following vacancies for governors:

  • Bournemouth constituency                             one vacancy
  • Poole constituency                                         one vacancy
  • Dorset (Rest of England & Wales)                 three vacancies
  • staff constituency                                           three vacancies.        

The election process for Trust members to become a governor at Dorset HealthCare will begin in August. Information about the process will be published here on this page in July.

For further information about what being a governor entails please read our becoming a public governor pack.  Any staff member who would like to stand for election to become a staff governor should contact our current staff governors.

Governor election results 2020

The results of this year’s elections to our Council of Governors have been announced.

Complaints and PALS Co-ordinator Stephen Churchill retains his place as a staff governor, and is joined by Hattie Taylor, District Nurse Lead for Purbeck.

They have formally taken up their seats on the Council following the Annual Members' Meeting on 21 October, and will serve for a term of three years.

Congratulations to Stephen and Hattie, and a big thank-you to Pete Kelsall for his work as staff governor in recent times. Thanks also to everyone who voted.

Polling also took place for public members to join the Council. Lewis Cosky and Karen Currie were elected to represent the Bournemouth constituency; Nigel Rodgers was elected for Poole, and Dr Bruce Grant-Braham, Maureen, Maureen Hamer and Pauline Stockley for Dorset and the Rest of England and Wales.

To find out more about the election process or the role of a Governor, contact Membership Manager Jacqueline Stratford at or on 01202 277004.

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