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Become a governor

Our governors sit on a council of governors, which meets four times each year and plays an important part in the decision-making process of the Trust.

They lend their individual skills and knowledge at council level. Because they can be patients, students, national and local residents, this is particularly important as it means that the voice of the local community can be heard right at the top of the decision-making process.

Being a governor also means you can develop your skills in a number of different areas. You do not need any specific qualifications or experience to become a governor, you just need enthusiasm and the wish to improve mental health services.

Becoming a governor

Governors are elected from our membership every three years. All members are contacted and are asked to put themselves forward so if you want to become a governor the first step is to become a member!

What our governors do

Our governors cover a wide range of activity, often dependent on their particular skills and interests. We are currently looking at how our governors can be more engaged in the work of the Trust.

Making a difference

Our governors have played vital roles in a number of areas of our work. Some of the areas governors have made contributions include:

  • Membership engagement – Our governors hold meetings and attend events such as the annual public meeting where they are available to talk with members outside of the formality of the council meetings to find out what concerns them. This provides an essential link between our members and our decision making processes.
  • Design – Our governors have also contributed to thinking within the Trust around design, including the actual building and its art. Previously they have assisted in a project to refurbish the reception area of the Tavistock Centre and in a wider piece of work to improve the overall building and its internal and external spaces.
  • Equalities – Ensuring we meet the needs of all communities is of great importance to us. We are working with our governors to ensure we achieve success in equity and fairness for everyone.
  • General governance – Our governors have been instrumental in setting up online appraisal mechanisms for the Trust Chair, and were involved in the appointment of our Chief Executive. They have also contributed to the quality agenda, risk management, the accounts process and more.

Ultimately our governors have been vital in bringing both an internal and external perspective to our decision making which helps us to be mindful of the external environment and its pressures and demands.