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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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Carolyn Simpson

Job title Service User Governor

As a Governor I promise to put the needs of the service user at the forefront of all I am asked to do. 

I started using SLAM Services in 1992 and even as a service user was employed by SLAM as a clinical secretary in Older Adults for 7 or so years, so I know what it is like to be on both sides of the fence. I now work for SLAM in a voluntary capacity doing telephone befriending.

I am passionate about mental health care and that the service provided lives up to its name.

I have received both inpatient and outpatient care from SLAM and am also able to compare it with services offered elsewhere which in the main do not compare to the high standards received from SLAM but there is always room for improvement and as a Governor I have a lot to offer service users.

I have worked in the commercial world prior to my joining SLAM in 2001 and my last position was as a sales executive with Thomson Local Directories and prior to that with The Telegraph. I can offer commercial experience also.

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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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