Council of Governors

Governor elections

Notice of Election

Nominations open on 25 August 2017 and run until 5pm on 25 September.
We will have the following vacancies

  • Five public
  • One service user (living in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark)
  • Two staff

We are keen for our Council of Governors to reflect the full diversity of our local communities. Please encourage anyone who might be interested to find out more and apply.

You do not need any particular experience to become a governor – all new governors will be provided with a comprehensive induction. One skill we are a little short of at the moment is financial expertise, but please don’t be put off if you don’t have it – we welcome governors with a range of different backgrounds and experiences

Would you like to know more about what is involved?

To nominate yourself please go to the elections website.

Council of Governors

The Council supports the Board of Directors in setting the long term vision for the organisation. 

See here for our full list of Governors

The Council's responsibilities include:

  • appointing the Chair and other Non Executive Directors
  • removing, if three quarters of the Council of Governors decide that it is necessary, the Chair or other Non Executive Directors
  • approving, by a majority, the appointment of the Chief Executive by the Non Executive Directors
  • appointing or removing the Trust's auditor
  • to support and engage with the Trust Board
  • to hold the Non Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Trust Board
  • to represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • approving 'significant transactions'
  • deciding whether non-NHS work would significantly impact on the Trust's core role
  • approving, by an overall majority, an application by the Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • approving amendments to the Trust's constitution

Our Board of Directors has a duty to consult, and listen to, the views of the Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors is made up of:

  • appointed members from organisations that the Trust works with
  • people who use the Trust's services elected by our membership
  • carers of people who use the Trust's services elected by our membership
  • members of the public elected by our membership
  • members of staff elected by our membership

How to become a governor

Governors are elected to the Council of Governors from the public, service user, carer and staff constituencies. Elected governors serve a three year term on the Council of Governors.

Governors are also appointed by partner organisations. 

Contact your governors

If you have a question for your governors, you may e-mail them using

Recent Council Papers

Please see the Governors' page for earlier papers.

March 2017

June 2017

September 2017

Next meeting date:

Thursday 19 September at 3pm. 

The Maudsley Learning Centre (ORTUS), Denmark Hill SE5 8SN

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