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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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Abraham Blay

Job title Staff Governor

I am a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and currently employed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as the Regional Health, Safety and Fire Manager.

I have over the past 15 years worked in different health care settings. My ability to explore best practice and a flare for innovation, has over the years proven to be an asset to the teams I have worked with. My legal background has also helped me in influencing policy and the strategic direction of the teams I have worked with.

I am passionate about patient safety and how we keep staff safe at work whilst providing the best possible health care for our service users and patients. I believe in engaging our service users, carers and the general public in developing SLaM. My keen interest in safety is not limited to patient care but how we strategically develop and improve our infrastructure, work environment as well as lowering our carbon footprint. I am a strong advocate in developing our staff, because our human resource is our greatest asset. I support interventions that promote staff wellbeing,   training & development and more importantly creating a just culture at work.

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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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