What is the Governor Advisory Committee?

Governors are represented at NHS Providers through an elected Governor Advisory Committee (GAC) consisting of eight governors and two foundation trust chairs. The committee meets quarterly and meetings are overseen by a chair that has been voted in by the committee. Terms of office are three years.

Our GAC has a demonstrable impact on the work we do. It offers the chance to influence and help shape the services we offer to governors such as our GovernWell training programme, annual Governor Focus conference, in-house training and guidance resources.

Committed to continuous improvement, GAC members identify areas of debate and action and contribute in a number of ways. The committee meets four times a year, and offers a chance to network and share insights on good practice across member trusts. For more information please contact Claire Mesica.

Governor advisory committee: voting now open

How can I get involved?

As well as sharing your existing skills and experience, being a committee member offers an opportunity to develop yourself in new areas while making a real difference to governors.

We hold elections for positions on our GAC every three years. The next GAC elections for the new committee are currently taking place. Each foundation trust will be able to nominate one governor to stand for election to one of eight governor positions. Find out how you can cast your vote.

The election is supported by Civica Election Services (previously Electoral Reform Services). Votes are cast by the single transferable vote system (STV), designed to achieve proportional representation, through ranking candidates in order of preference. 

Cast your vote


I stood for the GAC because the governor’s role matters and I want to help support it on a national platform.

Peter Abell    Chair, Governor Advisory Committee

Current Governor advisory committee members

  • Peter Abell, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – acute services constituency
  • Anne Carlile, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – patient/carer/service user constituency
  • Pauline Garnett, Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – staff governor constituency
  • John Jones, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust – mental health services constituency
  • Chris Roberts, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – community services constituency
  • Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – chair representative
  • Miriam Deakin, Director of Policy and Strategy, NHS Providers (non voting member) 
  • Vacancy - ambulance services constituency
  • Vacancy - any category constituency
  • Vacancy - public governor constituency

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