We need YOU to make a difference

As a registered member of our Trust you will already be interested in your local community and inpatient services, the quality of mental and community health care provided and future plans for improvement. One of the most active ways you can become involved is to stand for election to the Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors and ELFT Strategy 

What is the Council of Governors?

Members of the Trust are elected by their fellow Members to sit on the Council of Governors. A Governor is someone who plays a very important strategic role in the Trust, particularly by helping it be responsive and accountable to local people, staff and partners. Governors use their knowledge, networks and experience to inform the Trust’s priorities and strategic decisions.

The Council of Governors provides an important link between the Board of Directors and Members. Chaired by the Chair of the Board, it meets in public at least six times a year.

There are 45 Governors altogether and together they form the Council of Governors which has specific powers.

26 Public Governors who live in and who are elected by Members in our local communities. These communities are Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, City of London, Hackney, Luton, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and the Rest of England (this covers all other areas within England).


9 Staff Governors who are elected by the people who we employ. They bring knowledge of widely held staff views to Council debates and can bring first-hand experience to strategic discussions about quality.


10 Appointed Governors who are nominated by our partner organisations, (local authorities, commissioners, academic and voluntary sector). They bring expert insights which have been invaluable, particularly when considering integrated care.

View the Council of Governors Structure 

Council of Governors Impact Report 2020/21


Please use the links below to find out more about the Council of Governors and Membership

Governor Elections

What does a Governor do?

Meet the Council of Governors

What does it mean to be a member of the Trust?

Become a member of the Trust

Are you interested in standing for election?

If you think you might be interested in standing for election, please visit our Governor Election page or contact the Membership Office on Freephone: 0800 032 7297 or email: elft.membership@nhs.net  


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