Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance is central to the effective running of any organisation. It refers to how board-led organisations, including Foundation Trusts, are directed and controlled at senior levels, who can make decisions, and who holds accountability over those decisions. High quality corporate governance is fundamental to ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of our service users and their carers. Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust recognises that a strong and proactive corporate governance system is essential to achieve our aims and objectives in an effective and efficient way.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the day-to-day management of our Trust and is accountable for the operational delivery of services, targets and performance. The Board is also responsible for the definition and implementation of our strategy and policies. Visit our Board of Directors page for more information.

Council of Governors

To ensure that the Trust operates in the best interests of our service users, we have our Council of Governors to represent both members of the Trust and the public. Our governors contribute to the future direction of our Trust and hold the non-executive directors (collectively and individually) to account for the way our Board of Directors performs. Visit our Governors page for more information.


As an NHS Foundation Trust we have freedom from central government which allows us to shape the future of our services locally to meet the needs of service users and the local community. You can have real input into shaping the future of your local NHS services by becoming a member. To find out more information about becoming a member visit our Membership page.


Declarations of Interest

Decisions involving the use of NHS funds should never be influenced by outside interests or expectations of private gain. The Trust has been told of all cases where a member of the Board of Directors, Council of Governors, or member of staff, their close relative or associate has a significant financial or other interest where said interest may impact on their area of work, duties, or responsibilities. This information has been collated to form three registers; Governors, Board of Directors, and Decision-Making Staff.

In line with NHS England guidance, ‘Managing Conflicts of Interest in the NHS’ that came into effect on the 1 June 2017, the Trust will publish the interests declared in these registers. They will be updated at least annually. The Corporate Governance Team, as nominated by the Trust, collates and maintains the Trust’s registers of declarations of interest.

Registers of Declarations of Interest

You can download the documents below for more information:

Register of Gifts 

You can download the document below for more information:

Register of Hospitality

You can download the document below for more information:

Register of Sponsorship

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Contact the team

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about Corporate Governance please contact the Corporate Governance Team.

You can get in touch with us at or by using the contact information below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Name Role Contact Details
Clare Edwards Associate Director for Corporate Governance and Trust Board Secretary Tel: 07815 924185


Kerry McMann Head of Corporate Governance / Deputy Trust Board Secretary Tel: 07980 960035


Rose Cooper Deputy Head of Corporate Governance Tel: 07929 801977


Kieran Betts Corporate Governance Officer Tel: 07977 327628


The Corporate Governance Team can also help you with:

  • Board of Directors
  • Council of Governors
  • Board sub-committees
  • Membership
  • Governance structures
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Annual Members’ Meeting
  • Declarations of interest
  • Governance structures