Voting now open for our Council of Governors

2nd July 2024

Foundation Trust members living in and around Gateshead, Sunderland and South Shields are being asked to vote for their next governors to represent their views.

Whilst not involved in the day-to-day running of our service, our governors play a vital role in reviewing the performance of our Board and the contribution our service makes to the wider health and care system, providing an essential link to the communities we serve.

Nominations opened for our next Council of Governors in May and closed in June. Several constituencies have now been filled by candidates who were unopposed, leaving an election to be held in just one constituency, South of Tyne.

There are nine candidates for five places and members will either receive their ballot paper by post or email. Voting can be done online or by post.

The election opens in the South of Tyne constituency at 10am on 2 July and will close at 5pm on Thursday, 25 July.

All members who live in the South of Tyne constituency are eligible to vote.

It’s easy to become a member, so if you’re not already registered, you can do so here:

Our governors have the following duties:

  • Appoint or remove the Trust’s chair of the Board, non-executive directors and external auditor
  • Contribute to the strategic thinking and forward planning for the Trust’s services and priorities, led by the directors
  • Receive and discuss the annual report and accounts at the Annual General Meeting
  • Develop the Trust’s membership, representing the interests of members
  • Approve the renumeration, allowances and other terms and conditions of office and non-executive directors
  • Approve (or not) an application to enter into a merger or acquisition
  • Approve (or not) increases of more than five per cent a year to the Trust’s non-NHS income
  • Approve the appointment of the Trust’s chief executive, as recommended by the non-executive directors

The following members have been declared having been unopposed:


Public – Teesside

David Bindle

Craig Jaques (incumbent)

Olalekan Odedeyi (incumbent)

Patrica Scott

James Ruddock


Public – Durham

Stephen Dunn

Andrew Eales


Public – North of Tyne

Alan Malthouse

Anthony Laker

Mark Glencorse

Simon Walford (incumbent and lead governor)


Staff – Emergency care 

Andy Martin-Harper


Staff – Emergency Operations Centre

Frazer Gregory