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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.

Notice of elections

We currently have the following governor vacancies available:

  • Public – one vacancy
  • Carer – two vacancies
  • Service User (resident in the boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark) – five vacancies
  • Staff – two vacancies

To find out more information and to complete a nomination form online visit: www.cesvotes.com/slam2022

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Emma Williamson

Job title Staff Governor
About

I live and work in south London and I am dedicated to the area, local communities and services delivered here. I have worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS for 10+ years and for the past six years I have been leading in the design, implementation, delivery and expansion of a pioneering leading national homeless mental health and accommodation service for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

As the clinical lead, I have lead in partnership - with a network of local partners including Thames Reach homeless charity, London Borough of Lambeth and service users and carers - to develop a ‘best practice’ model for addressing the mental health needs of homeless people. I have a personal interest in contributing to service innovation to address inequalities in service access for socially excluded and complex needs populations that can fall through the cracks between services.

I am passionate about sharing learning and therefore also teach on the clinical psychology doctorate course at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, have sat on pan-London expert working groups for homelessness, speak regularly at national conferences and have published widely. I am a proud member of the Trust staff and I believe in the work the Trust does as a leader in mental health. I like to make a further contribution to this as a staff governor, and in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View, continue to hold in mind how we strive to embrace partnership working and address health inequalities.

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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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