Governors and members

On this page you will find useful information if you are already a governor or thinking of becoming a governor.

Attend a Council of Governors' meeting

2023 to 2024 meeting dates

You are welcome to observe our Council of Governors meetings. Our future meeting dates are:

  • 6 December at 10am
  • 6 March at 2.30pm

We usually meet at our head office in Bodmin. The address is Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, PL31 2QN. The What Three Words reference for our head office is: sends.spoil.hood.

Council of Governors papers

Read the papers and presentations given to our Council of Governors. Like our board of directors meetings, these are also held in public. You are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Since March 2023, we have returned to meeting in person.

Previous Council of Governors’ papers may be requested by calling 01208 834 600.


  • The papers and presentation given at the March Council of Governors' meeting are not accessible. If you would like to receive a copy please call 01208 834 600 or email the communications team.



Governor elections

Our annual election process starts in November each year. We have just opened our 2023-24 Governor election process.

We hold elections annually and announce the names of our new Governors in February. Our new Governors take up their positions on 1 March.

We are looking for Governors to fill the following 8 seats:

  • East service area constituency: 3 seats
  • West service area constituency: 3 seats
  • Staff constituency: 2 seats

Our Governor elections are run by a company called Civica. If you would like to put yourself forward, contact our Returning Officer, James Mackins:

Civica must receive your completed nomination by 15 December 2023. They will publish a summary of nominated candidates on 18 December 2023.

If you are voting in this year's election, Civica must receive your vote by 5 February 2024.

About the Council of Governors

The Council of Governors help to shape the Trust's services and future plans. Anyone aged 16 and over who is a member of the Trust is eligible to apply. If you are not already a member you can join online using the membership form below.

19 people make up the Trust’s Council of Governors. 11 public governors, 4 staff governors, and 4 appointed governors. The Trust's appointed governors represent Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Truro and Penwith College, and Volunteer Cornwall.

The council of governors meets 4 times a year. The Trust pays governors' travel expenses for face-to-face meetings and site visits.

Useful links

Previous elections

Email our Trust secretary to obtain information on previous elections.

Benefits of being a member

Being a member will give you an opportunity to play a part, have a say, help to shape and influence the Trust services.

As a member you can expect:

  • regular jargon free communications to keep you informed
  • a range of offers available through Health Service Discounts
  • opportunities to participate in surveys consultations and to influence Trust plans
  • an opportunity to stand for election to the Council of Governors and to vote for somebody to represent you on the council.

Online membership form

Membership Form

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Meet the Council of Governors

Michael Coupe, West Constituency Governor

Michael is a Pets as Therapy volunteer. He has been visiting patients with his Newfoundland dogs since 2019.

He joined us as a governor in March 2023, to enable him to support us in other ways.

Fiona Higman, Staff Governor

Fi is passionate about high quality, patient centred care.

She leads one of our home first teams. These teams work with people who want to stay at home when they are ill. They also help people to return home quickly after a stay in hospital. Fi helped to set the service up in mid and east Cornwall. Fi believes it is vital that health and care services are integrated. She is studying for a degree in integration.

She became a Governor to represent the interests and views of the staff. She believes putting the wellbeing of our staff first, brings the greatest benefit to our patients.

Fi Higman

Tamzin Irvin, Appointed Governor, Truro and Penwith College

Tamzin is the curriculum lead for nursing and allied health and Truro College.

We have an Appointed Governor from Truro and Penwith College for many years. We believe our local colleges are vital in helping us to create and deliver local careers for local people.

We currently have over 200 people completing apprenticeships with the Trust.

Ian Jones, Appointed Governor, Volunteer Cornwall

Ian is chief executive of the charity, Volunteer Cornwall.

Ian and the team at Volunteer Cornwall work to help people become active and self-reliant citizens. This includes training and recruiting volunteers. The charity also supports the most vulnerable members of our community. They work with us and other organisations to develop and deliver public services.

Ian works with us to ensure we engage people in an equal and pro-active manner to coproduce the solutions we need for a resilient future.

Ian Jones

Barry Jordan, Appointed Governor, Cornwall Council

Barry is a Cornwall Councillor representing Camelford and Boscastle. He has held the position of councillor since May 2021.

Barry Jordan

Mark Oliver, Other Constituency Governor

Information to follow.

John Peacock, Appointed Governor, Council of the Isles of Scilly

Information to follow.

Penny Phillips, West Constituency Governor

Information to follow.

Penny Phillips photo

Penny Phillips

Stephanie Pomeroy, Staff Governor

Stephanie has been a Staff Governor since 2017, after joining the Trust in 2014. Since becoming a Governor, she has taken on the extra role of Lead Governor.

She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of her colleagues. This is something she also supports in her role as fundraising manager. To enable her to support her colleagues and help them to reach their full potential she has trained as a transformational coach. She is also a mental health first aider.

Stephanie Pomeroy

Paul Reeve, East Constituency Governor

Paul has a long-held passion for maintaining high standards and promoting innovations in healthcare.

He is chief executive of Mind Cornwall. He has previously worked with Pentreath Ltd. During his career he’s worked with us on various projects and initiatives. He has a personal and professional interest in supporting us to provide the best care.

Sophie Scott, Staff Governor

Sophie is our coaching and talent management lead. She’s been employed by both NHS providers during her career.

She enjoys working alongside operational colleagues; often joining inpatient or community teams on shift. This approach gives her insight into the experiences and challenges faced by her colleagues.

Through her work Sophie is supporting the development of a compassionate and just culture.

Sophie Scott

Gill Shipsides, East Constituency Governor

Information to follow.

Hannah Snelling, East Constituency Governor

Hannah has a foundation degree in health and nutrition and a degree in human and behavioural sciences.

She volunteered with the Trust in 2020 before joining our flexi team as a health care support worker. This experience allowed her to work across many areas of the Trust for psychiatric to physical healthcare. This has given her a diverse insight into how different areas of the Trust work and the variety of skills our staff need.

Hannah Snelling

Mike Solomon, East Constituency Governor

Mike describes himself as senior citizen.

He is president of the Padstow Lions Club. He has previously been welfare officer for the Newquay Lions Club and chair of Newquay Mind. His involvement with Mind spanned 25 years, during which he was chair and president. He also support the running of the drop-in centre and undertook outreach work for the charity.

He has an NVQ level 3 qualification in mental health (promoting independence). He also holds 3 health and safety qualifications.

Mike Solomon

Zoe Underwood, West Constituency Governor

Zoe grew up in Falmouth. She has a passion for mental health care and breaking down stigma. She became a member of the Foundation Trust while at school. She then went on to study at the University of Exeter. Hannah’s dissertation placement year focused on the genetics of psychiatric disease and autism spectrum disorders.

She works on the University’s Penryn Campus, helping students to resolve their academic and personal problems. Her role as a Governor helps her direct students to local services and support.

Hannah’s passion for mental health care was heightened when a close friend was diagnosed. Supporting her friend highlighted to Hannah the importance of local services ensuring people know how to get help when they need it.

Zoe Underwood

Nigel Walker, West Constituency Governor

Nigel joined us as a Governor in 2018. He is an advocate of a just culture where everyone is able to speak up without fear.

He has previously been the Cornwall Council executive member for adult care. Nigel is a volunteer advisor to Disability Cornwall and Cornwall People First. His role as volunteer advisor enables him to advocate for vulnerable people and their families.

Nigel is a member of his GP surgery’s patient participation group and a Trustee of Trelya and Cymaz Music.

Nigel Walker