Ambulance Trust Seeking Governor From Scilly

ambulance 4Our region’s ambulance service is looking for new governors to help shape the future of the organisation.

The South Western Ambulance Service covers an area stretching from Gloucestershire in the north and Wiltshire in the east, down to the Isles of Scilly.

It was the first in the country to become a Foundation Trust back in March 2011.

As part of that change, they had to set up a Board of Governors and those seats are now up for re-election for the first time.

Nineteen governors will be selected by Trust members including a ring-fenced seat for the islands. That’s currently held by Dr Chris Mills who lives on St Mary’s.

A further nine governors are nominated by organisations like local authorities, police and fire services.

The trust says they’re keen to hear from people who have good communication skills and some experience of committees or large meetings.

Governors don’t get paid for their work, although travel expenses are reimbursed.

The Trust are running a series of workshops on the mainland for prospective governors over the next few weeks.

Nominations start on the 19th November and run until 17th December with a postal ballot following in the New Year if more than one candidate stands.

Only trust members can vote for a governor although anyone over 16 years old can join.

For more information about the process go to the SWASFT website at www.swast.nhs.uk/ft.