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Being a Governor

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The RD&E's Council of Governors


Governors provide a vital connection between the RD&E and its patients, the community it serves and its partners. The Council of Governors (CoG) has a real say in the Trust's priorities and who fills key posts on the Board.


The CoG has two key functions:

The Council meets four times a year, where governors discuss topics like major new service developments, the annual report and accounts, and how members are being recruited and kept informed.Governors can also participate in informal working groups.

The RD&E is committed to listening to your views and experiences about the Trust and your ideas and opinions helps us to continually improve our services. Governors play a key role in representing these views as a collective


Elections to Council of Governors 2019


The majority of governors are elected by members to represent patients, staff and the general public. We hold elections each year, and members vote for governors within the constituency they live.


Elections are run by an external polling company and members receive ballot papers and information by post when an election takes place.


Voting for the 2019 Council of Governors election closed at 5pm on 12 September 2019. The results are as follows:


East Devon Dorset Somerset & Rest of England (5 to elect)

Exeter & South Devon (4 to elect)

Mid North West Devon & Cornwall (4 to elect)

Staff (3 to elect)

The full report of voting is available to download. Thank you to all our candidates and to all our members who voted.


The terms of office begin at our Annual Members' Meeting on 25 September 2019.


Last updated: 28 October 2019

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