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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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Edith Adejobi

Job title Staff Governor

I’m a proud south Londoner who is standing for election as a staff Governor because everyone supported by SLaM should receive consistent good, and safe, care. Staff play a key role in this and I want clinical and non-clinical staff views to be heard as SLaM continues to deliver through tough challenges.

As the Trust’s complaints lead I believe I can offer a perspective from significant experience of working with patients and carers in a range of NHS settings. I have managed a variety of teams in the NHS across the system including complaints, serious incidents, Patient Advice and Liaison (PALS), bereavement, interpreting and patient experience & information.

I am passionate about the NHS, ensuring equity of access to care, and wherever possible using staff and patient voices to shape service improvement and development in our ever changing context. My background and volunteer work gives me particular insight into some of the challenges faced by older service users, children and young people at this time.

Staff have worked to serve our patients during a period of extremely challenging circumstances and we now look ahead to take forward the learning. I want to see that happen and to be involved with using feedback to inform the Trust’s vision, improve patient safety, care, staff well-being, motivation and engagement.

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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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