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Our Governors

Our Council of Governors acts as a link between service users, carers, staff, the general public and the Trust's Board of Directors.

They support the Board of Directors in setting the long-term vision for our organisation, and hold the non-executive directors to account for the actions of the Board. Our Board of Directors has a duty to consult, and listen to the views of, the Council of Governors.

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Kolawole Abiola

Job title Public Governor

Members of the Public and Service Users involvement in scrutiny and delivery of Mental Health Service have been the core of the Trust operation since its beginning.

And with insights, this will often enhance quality service delivery, and also provide staff the support they require in dealing with strange situations sometimes in their work with patients who may not necessarily originate from their cultural background. SLAM is serving Mental health patients from the wider global community across the world, therefore the staff in delivering their services will be dealing with varieties of peoples with different cultural milieu.

As a Governor, a recognition of this fact will be useful during scrutiny of services, and incidents involving contentious issues among staff, patients, families of patients or friends and other associated influencing factors and agencies.

As a public Governor I also represent a group of service users who according to statistics, their over representation within the Forensic Mental Health service is very concerning and with my experience I will likely influence service delivery improvement. I hold BSc. in Criminology and Sociology from London Metropolitan University, and MSc. in Security and Crime Science from UCL.

I have served on Southwark Community Health Council, working closely with the SLAM board and SLAM Service Quality committee, Southwark Mental Health Partnership board, PCT Reference Group, and the PCT Board.

I am currently a Director of an Organization, 'Crime Harms Reduction Team' a Limited by Guarantee company working with young & adults offenders mostly from BME communities.

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Contact your governors

If you have a question for your governors, please email governors@slam.nhs.uk

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

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
  • Supporting and engaging with the Trust board
  • Holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Trust Board
  • Representing 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

Governors review

The governors review includes information about the role of governors and their activities over the preceding year:
Governors review 2021-22

Governors review 2020-21

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. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, vacancies will be advertised here or you can contact us to find our more via governors@slam.nhs.uk

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