“Being a voluntary Governor ensures that I can represent the views of the local community”

During volunteers week, we are highlighting the role of our Governors. On Monday we introduced you to Adam Williams, who is one of three Governors for the Birmingham area.

Today it is the turn of Eileen Cox.

Eileen Cox

Eileen is currently the Trust’s lead Governor, as well as a publically elected Governor representing Staffordshire.

For a considerable amount of time Eileen has worked voluntarily with the National Health Service. She is a Governor at one of her local GP practices and has been a member of The Link and a patient representative on the NICE Implementation Group of the North Staffordshire Local Health Economy. She is also a Member of Healthwatch, as well as a School Governor within Biddulph.

“I find the ambition of the Trust in wishing to deliver a world class service to local patients totally commendable. Being a voluntary Governor for the Service ensures that I can represent the views of the local community and in turn feedback.”

“I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Governor and I have gained a real insight into what life in the service entails. I have been fortunate enough to see children being instructed in CPR and becoming knowledgeable in the use of a defibrillator to help save a life.

“I also chair the Membership Engagement Panel, which is made up of Governors and staff from the service. The panel focuses on ways in which it is best to communicate with the membership and local communities.”

The Council of Governors consists of 26 Members; 15 Public Governors, 5 Staff Governors and 6 Appointed Governors. Each of the public and staff Governors are elected by their local communities or staff group via a ballot.

The role of the Governor can help shape the future of your ambulance service, can contribute to key decision making and see first-hand how the front line works by undertaking observational shifts with our dedicated ambulance crews.

For more information please visit http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/Council-of-Governors.aspx

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor for WMAS and would like us to notify you of when a vacancy within your local area becomes available, please contact us via foundationtrust@wmas.nhs.uk with your name, where you live and contact details.

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