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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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Rawle Ragoobar

Job title Staff Governor

I have been a mental health nurse in the Trust for 16 years. I had the privilege of working across the Trust, meeting and working with staff, service users and carers from different disciplines, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, learning from their experiences to improve the services we provide to those who use and work within them.

I’m originally from Trinidad and Tobago and I live within the community I serve. During this time, I worked in early intervention, psychiatric intensive care services and a promoting safe and therapeutic (PSTS in-house) tutor, from qualifying to ward manager. This enabled me to experience and witness first-hand the challenges faced daily by staff, service users and carers. In response, I have developed a model of reflective practice - ‘shift reflection’ to support the wellbeing of colleagues, enabling them to leave work feeling supported, which has a direct, positive impact on the care they provide. Now, as the Deputy Lead for Staff Support, I work to support staff after traumatic events, I facilitate Critical Incident Staff Support (CISS), Schwartz Rounds and other reflective spaces across the organisation.

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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 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 governors@slam.nhs.uk

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