Meet one of our hospital governors!

Date: 08/04/2022

Meet hospital governor Shirley Moon, who is passionate about helping to ensure Milton Keynes University Hospital provides the best treatment and care for patients.

In these challenging times for our Trust and the NHS, Shirley’s role as an MKUH governor allows her to help the people of Milton Keynes to shape the future of our hospital as it continues to grow quickly.

Governors gather the views of the Trust’s members and members of the public by talking with people and listening to them through activities such as attending events, hosting stalls, and holding governor meetings and surgeries. This helps governors to understand what people think about the Trust’s services and how they can be improved, and they feed this information back to the Trust to explore where changes might be made, thus helping to meet the healthcare needs of the population.

Nominations are currently open for members of the Trust to put themselves forward for roles as governors, and Shirley encourages anyone passionate about healthcare and the NHS to consider themselves as potential governors.

Shirley said: “The everyday workings of a hospital are so varied and complex that being a governor means you are constantly involved in understanding the challenges staff have to face.

“Governors are an important part of ensuring the hospital achieves its quality standards by challenging the non-Executive Directors. In these times of extraordinary pressures, it’s important to ensure that quality of patient care remains in the foreground.

“By representing our members, governors can offer a unique perspective to help the Trust to do things differently. When people are in hospital, they are at their most vulnerable, so ensuring they have advocates for improving their experience is the most important part of the governors’ work.”

The four public constituency seats where there are currently governor vacancies are:

  • Constituency C – Linford South, Bradwell, Campbell Park – one seat
  • Constituency D – Hanslope Park, Olney, Sherington, Newport Pagnell North, Newport Pagnell South, Linford North – one seat
  • Constituency G – Outer Catchment Area – one seat
  • Constituency H – Extended area – one seat

Please note that you must be a member of the Trust in order to nominate yourself (you can apply for membership by clicking here ahead of nomination if necessary), and you can only stand for a seat if you live in that constituency. To find out which constituency you live in, please click here.

You can nominate yourself by registering by an online nomination form, which you can access by clicking here. Alternatively, you can request a nomination pack by phone (0345 209 3770) or email [email protected] or you can write to UK Engage, Image House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AS. 

All nominations need to be registered by 5pm on Friday 22 April. Once all the nominations are confirmed, voting will take place. Please note that only members of our Trust can vote in elections. To find out more about being a member, please click here.

External organisation UK Engage is managing this election on the Trust’s behalf as Returning Officer.

The Notice of Election is available by clicking hereFor more information on governors, click here.

Visit to access all the information you will need about this election. If you have any other questions about the nomination process, please contact UK Engage.