CNWL became a foundation trust in May 2007, which means that the Trust can be run with greater independence and have more control over financial management.

Foundation trusts also have greater freedom to develop services that meet the specific needs of local communities. Local people are invited to join the Trust’s Council of Governors, where they can help ensure we are providing the most suitable services when and where they are needed. The Council of Governors is not involved in operational matters.

The role of the Council of Governors is to:

  • Represent the views of members
  • Consult on service developments and changes
  • Develop the membership of the Trust
  • Approve the appointment of the chief executive
  • Appoint the chair and non-executive directors
  • Appoint the Trust’s financial auditors
  • Receive the annual report and accounts

Read the CNWL Constitution - 15 September 2020 (opens pdf)

Click the links below to hear some of our current governors talking about their roles and what it means to be a CNWL governor. 

Members’ views are represented at the Council of Governors by governors who are elected and appointed for specific groups of members, known as constituencies. Constituencies include:

The Council of Governors meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public. Meetings are chaired by Tom Kibasi, Chair for CNWL.

Meeting papers are available to download approximately one week before each meeting date. For upcoming meeting dates and past papers, visit the meeting dates and papers page.

If you would like to attend a meeting, email the Trust Secretary,