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The RD&E Council of Governors


Want a real say in the future of the RD&E? Then consider becoming a Governor!
Summer is fast approaching and with it the next round of Governor Elections. This is an opportunity for RD&E members interested in the future of the Trust to have a real say in its future. Governors provide a vital connection between the RD&E and its patients, the community it serves and its partners. The Council of Governors (CoG) - made up of 19 publically elected persons, 5 elected staff and 2 appointed individuals from key organisations - has a real say in the RD&E’s future priorities, who fills key posts on the Board and holding the Board to account.

CoG has two key functions:

This means discussing things like major new service developments, the annual report and accounts, and how members are being recruited and kept informed. They are also responsible for the appointment and remuneration of the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors of the Trust. Governors meet with people in their local community or staff group, to help report back on what happens at Council of Governor meetings, and to listen to ideas and opinions from members of the public and staff. This role has never been more important, with significant changes to care underway.

Elections to the Council of Governors Update
Nominations for this year’s elections closed on Friday 27 July 2018.
All nominated candidates can be seen on the Statement of Candidates.


We now move to a vote in one of our public constituencies: East Devon, Dorset, Somerset & Rest of England, and also in our Staff Constituency. Ballot packs will be sent to members in these constituencies on 16 August 2018.


If we have an email address for you, you will receive your ballot by email from Electoral Reform Services (ERS), so please keep an eye out for this in your inbox (and check your spam box!).  Where we do not have an email address for a member, the ballot papers will be sent by post.  


The ballot packs will provide all the details on the candidates and how to cast your vote, which must be received by ERS, by 5pm on 6 September 2017.  Results will be declared on 7 September.


In Mid, North, West Devon and Cornwall and Exeter and South Devon there will not be elections.You can download the uncontested report.

To find more about the elections process visit the Governor Page on our members’ website. Download the notice of election.

If you have any queries about the elections process, then email us at or call the Engagement Office on 01392 4039.   

Last Updated 07 August 2018


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