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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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Mr Colin King

Job title Service User Governor

As a black male mental health survivor, detained and diagnosed with schizophrenia, with 

several detentions alongside my son to Maudsley. As, a mental health practitioner and

advocate for race equality I have personal motivation for change, liberation, and governance that addresses the authentic racialised lived realities of modern South London mental health systems. To bring fate to those who feel displaced or deceased, to give power through the PCREF, advance choice document and mental health use of forces, to those onwards, to those who feel their heritage marginalised. To confront the fear of working across historical mistrusting boundaries, Police, mental health professionals and the legal professional. I feel privileged to use my academic and management skills, MA, PhD, professional qualifications, MBA, MBE and my mental health qualifications aligned to my lived experience in working with Mental Health Trusts, Integrated Boards, Advisory Groups and PCREF groups. The skills of negotiation, advocacy, project planning, local, national and information governance. More specifically my specialist research, activism and developmental skills in developing a lived experience epistemological framework to governance, equity and coproduction in strategies, performance measures, matrix change and reporting. I have over forty years’ experience of SLAM, as patient, patient visitor, sectioning, commissioning and managing a range statutory social work, voluntary and recently the Culturally appropriate peer support and Advocate services. As a user of cognitive, treatment and social care, as a community resident using Fanon to Mosaic House, I am a survivor of hope.

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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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