How we are organised

As with other registered charities the ultimate decision-making body is our Annual General Meeting (AGM). All our members have the right to attend and vote. Votes are held to approve new trustees and confirm the existing trustees at each AGM.

Between AGMs the charity is managed by our trustees, led by our Chairperson Derek De Vere. Our trustees meet monthly to decide what the current challenges are, and how they should be met. The trustees are always looking for ways to improve the charity’s organisation, finances and public profile. They also decide which hospital projects FOYH can support financially.

FOYH’s Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator Andy White and our NHS Trust’s Fundraising Manager Lucy Clegg also attend the monthly management committee meetings. They do not have a vote but otherwise play a full part in decision-making.

Treasurer Hussein with the mobile library team Chairperson Derek talking with volunteers at a coffee morning

FOYH Treasurer Hussein Syed (centre), experiencing a morning with our Mobile Library team.

Chairperson Derek De Vere in dialogue with volunteers at a Friends’ Coffee Morning.

From time to time the wider membership is consulted at a social event, or a special consultation meeting is held.

The Friends of York Hospitals operate within the framework of a constitution and a number of policies and procedures. To see them please go to the Documents page of this website. We are affiliated to Attend, the national organisation of hospital Friends and League of Friends groups.

FOYH has a close working relationship with our NHS Trust and their Teaching Hospital Charity. We do what we can to help each other, and they oversee our activities to make sure what we do is within NHS standards and guidelines.