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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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Torie Robinson

Job title Service User Governor

Having previously been an inpatient and a client of the Trust's community mental health team, I’d love to give something back to SLaM by contributing as a governor.

With a SLaM therapist I am developing a course regarding “epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities” for SLaM Recovery College for which we will both be trainers. This gives me a great insight into the Trust from the perspective of the organisation as well as that of the client.

I also work with Mind in Croydon where with staff I provide training to clients regarding how to get back into work.

As CEO of Epilepsy Sparks, I work with those affected by epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities daily. This includes those from many, many different countries, cultures and backgrounds.

I know that many clients are not able to stand up and have their say because they aren’t confident enough, because their medications restrict their cognitive function, they are of ID, they are ashamed of their illness(es), etc., and I want to give them a voice.

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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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