Governor elections 2021

Calling all members – it’s time for you to vote for your future governors

Our governor nominations closed at 5pm on 30 June, and all eligible members  will have an opportunity to vote for the nominated members within their constituency in the upcoming elections. 

The voting opens on 22 July and all eligible members in the following constituencies will receive a direct notification of the voting process:


Number of seats available

Maximum number of nominated members you can vote for










Birmingham and the wider West Midlands



Nomimations are now closed

Click here to view the Statement of Nominated Candidates.

Why become a governor?

The governor role gives you the opportunity to:

  • Make a difference and have a positive contribution to the work of our Trust
  • Help us shape the future of our services and ensure that our patients and carers get the best possible care
  • Support and help continually achieve the Trust’s vision of: ‘Together with you to achieve healthier, happier lives'
  • Represent your own views and experiences that will have a positive impact on our Trust
  • Be an advocate for what matters the most to our communities, and share these with our Board of Directors
  • Be updated on the Trust’s performance and developments, as well as seek performance assurance from our Board of Directors
  • Act as an ambassador for your area of expertise or interest group
  • Attend and support the planning of member engagement events
  • Help build our membership community to ensure that it is representative of the communities we serve

You will receive on-going support and training to ensure that you have the confidence and skills to carry out the role.

Who can become a governor?

Anyone who is a member of the Trust and aged 16 or over can be a Governor. If you are not already a public member, you can sign up free using our online application form here. 

Staff employed by our Trust are automatically members unless they choose to opt out. All eligible staff will be informed directly on how to apply. 

Available seats

If you live in either Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton or Birmingham and the wider West Midlands and have a passion for making a difference in mental health, learning disability and children’s services in the Black Country, why not nominate yourself to become a governor of our Trust.

We have the following seats available:

  • Staff - 1 seat
  • Sandwell – 1 seat
  • Dudley – 2 seats
  • Wolverhampton – 4 seats
  • Birmingham and the Wider West Midlands – 1 seat

Timetable for our elections


Nominations open Nomination forms are available on request from Civica Election Services (CES) on Wednesday 2 June
Deadline for receipt of nominations All nomination forms must be received at CES by 5pm on Wednesday 30 June
Candidate withdrawal Should any nominees wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to CES by 5pm on Monday 5 July
Voting in elections Ballot papers will be distributed to all qualifying Members on Thursday 22 July
Voting closes Completed ballot papers must be received at CES by Monday 16 August
Results announced Results of the elections will be announced on Tuesday 17 August

How to apply

If you would like to stand you can submit your form online here.

If you require any assistance please contact Ciara Hutchinson by:

How to find out more?

To find out more, contact Erica Pearce in our membership office on:

Why not come along to one of our virtual drop in sessions, which will take place on Zoom: 

Date  Time  Joining details for Zoom 
Thursday 27 May 11.00am - 12.00pm 

Meeting ID: 984 0507 8792

Passcode: G4Vuh1

Tuesday 8 June 

2.00pm - 3.00pm 

Meeting ID: 923 0774 7603

Passcode: mqB8Px
Monday 14 June  5.30pm - 6.30pm 

Meeting ID: 935 6089 3500

Passcode: 8nTDRa


Useful links

Notice of Poll 

Statement of Nominated Candidates

Notice of Election

Being a Governor of our Trust

Statutory duties of governors

Information for prospective governors