Only a member of The Trust’s public constituency or the patients’ constituency is eligible for appointment as Chair. To be eligible to become a public member of the Trust candidates must live in one of the public constitutional areas outlined in Annex 1 of the Trust’s constitution (link below). To be a member of the patients’ constituency you must be a current or recent patient of the Trust.
Criteria for disqualification
A person may not become or continue as a member of the Board of Directors if:
- S/he is a member of the Council of Governors, or a Governor or Director of another NHS Foundation Trust or any other NHS body (other than as a statutory appointment by Monitor, independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts);
- S/he has been removed from office as a Governor of the Trust; in accordance with the provisions set out in Annex 6 paragraph 8 of the section titled “Termination of office and removal of Governors”.
- S/he is a spouse, partner, parent or child of a member of the Council of Governors or Board of Directors;
- S/he is a member of a local authority’s scrutiny committee covering health matters;
- S/he has been adjudged bankrupt or his/her estate has been sequestrated and (in either case) has not been discharged;
- S/he has made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, his/her creditors and has not been discharged in respect of it;
- S/he has, within the preceding five years, been convicted in the British Isles or elsewhere of any offence and a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) was imposed on him/her;
- On the basis of disclosures obtained through an application to the Criminal Records Bureau, s/he is not considered suitable by the Trust's Director responsible for Human Resources;
- S/he is or has been the subject of a sex offender order;
- S/he is the subject of a disqualification order made under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
- S/he is incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing or administering his/her property and affairs;
- In the case of a Non-Executive Director, s/he is no longer a member of the Public Constituency or the parent and carer class of the Patients’ Constituency;
- S/he has within the preceding two years been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, from any paid employment with a health service body;
- S/he is a person whose tenure of office as the Chair or as a member or Director of a health service body has been terminated on the grounds that his/her appointment is not in the interests of the health service, for non-attendance at meetings, or for non-disclosure of a pecuniary interest;
- S/he has had his/her name removed from any list prepared under Part II of the NHS Act 1977 and, due to the reason(s) for such removal, s/he is not considered suitable by the Trust's Director responsible for Human Resources;
- In the case of a Non-Executive Director, s/he has refused without reasonable cause to fulfil any training requirements established by the Board of Directors;
- S/he has refused to sign and deliver to the Secretary a statement in the form specified by the Board of Directors confirming acceptance of the Trusts’ Code of Conduct for Directors.