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.
As a Clinical Psychologist working in SLaM I am always struck by the impact psychological thinking can have on the individual, on the family and on societal structures. This is particularly pertinent for the SLaM boroughs which are disproportionately affected by inequality and vulnerability. I am passionate about improving the lives of people experiencing mental health difficulties and hope to utilise my role as a Staff Governor to contribute to the psychological wellbeing of SLaM constituents
Having worked and lived in the SLaM boroughs for seven years I have seen first-hand the clear disparities in access to healthcare, and an overrepresentation of minoritised populations who enter services in crisis. This is not acceptable - we need to do better to support people to access services in a safe and timely manner.
I currently work in a National and Specialist psychiatric intensive care unit for children and young people experiencing complex and severe mental health difficulties. In my role as a Clinical Psychologist, I am involved in developing innovative programmes to increase access both to the profession of clinical psychology and to mental health care more widely. I work within a trauma informed framework, understanding people in the context of their life experiences, cultural and socio-political circumstances. I want to continue this work, challenging barriers, stigma and inequalities in access to health care, as a Governor.
My work in SLaM has provided unique opportunities to work alongside different professions and engage wider systems in the care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. I hope to contribute to the wider landscape of healthcare as a Governor.
Contact your governors
If you have a question for your governors, please email email@example.com
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
The governors review includes information about the role of governors and their activities over the preceding year:
Governors review 2020-21 (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org