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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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Anika Joseph

Job title Staff Governor

Forged from the Love of Liberty, I have served as a Registered Mental Nurse for over 14 years, a Psychiatric  Nurse Educator for over 5 years and a Community Advocate for over 12 years, migrated to the UK in 2022 with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

I specialize in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and have been instrumental in planning and organising various health and social community outreach, and recreational projects, after school literacy sessions, youth advocacy workshops, adolescent development programs, parent child interactions, counselling therapy initiatives, online infomercials, and television mental health series throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. My proficiency has been recognized and awarded on National levels in my home country for Youth Leadership and Advocacy, Most Effective Community Projects also Most Effective Message though film.

Within my short time in the UK, and despite many challenges, I have resiliently risen above the ashes and successfully completed the Florence Nightingale Academy Nurse Leadership Scholarship, have become a Duty Senior Nurse, and work in collaboration with various MDT Teams in the Community. I also sit on the SLaM’s Nurse Council Steering Committee and am a member of the Caribbean Nursing and Midwife Association.

I pride myself in being an advocate for health and social change throughout communities and enjoy creative arts. My philosophy remains motivated by the quote of Mr. Collin Powell, “Excellence is not an exception, it’s a prevailing attitude."

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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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