Council of Governors

Our Governors are the guardians of our mission and values, and they help us achieve our objectives.

Group

We have three different categories of Governor – public, staff and stakeholder.

Public Governors are elected by our non-staff members, who can be patients, students, local residents or anyone living in England or Wales who is interested in our work. These Governors make sure the voice of the communities we serve is heard right at the top of our decision-making process.

Staff Governors are elected by the people we employ and ensure our staff have a say in how we run our services.

Stakeholder Governors are appointed to represent the interests of our partner organisations.

Governors have an important role to play, although they are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the trust, and cannot veto decisions made by the Board of Directors.

Governors have two main areas of responsibility: 

Holding the Board of Directors to account

The Governors’ statutory responsibilities are to:

  • appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the Chair and non-executive Directors
  • appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the external auditors
  • approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • decide the pay and terms of office for the Chair and non-executive Directors
  • receive the annual report and accounts
  • contribute to the annual plan
  • ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with its terms of authorisation
  • hold the Board of Directors to account for the performance of the Trust

Representing members and partner organisations

Governors are our link between our members and the Directors who make decisions about our services. They are responsible for representing the views of members and partner organisations to the Board of Directors, and feeding back information about the Trust and its performance.

Council meetings

Our Council of Governors meets four times a year, although they are involved in various projects in the Trust all throughout the year.

Register of interests

Our Board and Governors have to declare any potential conflict of interest

Public governors

John Carrier

Appointed August 2017John Carrier

I have a long history of commitment to public service in Camden and London. As a local councillor in the 1970s I was a member of the Social Services Committee, Chair of Public Health and Chair of the Adoption Panel. I was the first chair of Victim Support.

I have been Chair of the Royal Free Hospital and until recently Chair of the North Middlesex Hospital. From 2001 to 2012 I was Chair of Camden Primary Care Trust and was the PCT’s representative on the Tavistock and Portman Trust. I took part in policy-making and decisions about Equality and Diversity, Education and Training discussions, and patient and public involvement events. My time at the Tavi was stimulating and instructive, and I feel I still have much to contribute to the Governing Body and the Trust.

I am particularly interested in Criminal Justice and Mental Health (having been also a prison visitor and a Magistrate) the relationship between the Tavi and the Primary Care Services, the Health and Well-being of Children, and Mental Health Research. This latter springs from my chairing the Closure of Friern Hospital between 1983-91.

I have chaired the North East London Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards for the last eight years which has given me insight into the professional lives of London’s leading Medical and Surgical practitioners.

If elected I will bring to the Governing Body a detailed knowledge of the needs of Camden’s diverse population as well as the public services and the voluntary sector.

Declaration of Interests 

Political Party: None 
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Celestine Keise

Appointed August 2017Celestine

I recall growing up in the Midlands in the 1960s as a child of immigrant parents, at a time when mental health issues were not on the agenda. If you were experiencing mental health problems, you just had to “get on with it”. We have come a long way since then, but still have further to go.

I have had a fulfilling career in education working with young people, first as a teacher, then as an advisor and inspector in an inner London borough. It was very clear to me that many young people were unable to fulfill their potential due to undiagnosed and untreated mental health issues. These often showed up as poor behaviour, unwillingness to learn and an inability to settle and concentrate. The parents of these children were frequently also experiencing difficulties as a result of their economic and social circumstances.

Since taking early retirement, I have worked as a coach in the charitable sector, helping young people who have dropped out of school, but are trying to make something of their lives. Social deprivation often contributes to their mental health problems.

I have lived in Camden for seventeen years, a borough richly ethnically and socially diverse.  As a member of Camden’s ethnic minority population, I believe I can add an additional perspective to the work of the Trust’s governing body and support it in its work of meeting the needs of all sectors of the borough’s population, particularly those groups which are underrepresented as service users.

Declaration of Interests:

Political Party: The Labour Party
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Dr Juliet Singer

Appointed November 2018

Juliet SingerI have a great admiration for the services and training programmes that are delivered at the Tavistock - and I feel passionately about protecting and promoting these. I have been a Camden resident for 14 years. I am a doctor, a parent, and currently I am completing my training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Since qualifying as a doctor I undertook an 18-year second career making documentaries. Many were about mental health and child development; eg. BBC series Child of Our Time; a C4 special about mental health stigma in the workplace (featuring a Tavistock psychotherapist), and parenting series Little Angels (featuring a Tavistock psychologist).

I co-founded and was a board director of a production company, ‘Caravan’. We specialised in making factual and current affairs programmes including the award winning Panorama ‘Britain’s Mental Health Crisis’, where we worked closely with BEH trust to demonstrate the difficulties they faced under harsh financial constraints.

I also presented the Radio 4 series set inside the Tavistock Clinic, ‘Mending Young Minds’, where therapists, and the children and teenagers receiving treatment, shared their experiences.

In 2008 I was elected a public governor at Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust.

With my board experience, my understanding of delivering mental health services (including a post at the Tavistock on North Camden CAMHS team), and my interest and expertise in communicating issues around mental health to a wide audience, I feel I have a lot to offer and I would be honoured to be a public governor.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Salma Asokomhe

Appointed November 2018

Salma AsokomheI am Student Welfare Officer and Safeguarding Officer at BSix Sixth Form College. I have MSc in Psychology of Education, BSc (Hons) in Psychology, HLTA Teaching Certificate, Awareness in Mental Health Certificate.

I have a passion for ensuring that children, young people and their family’s progress and achieve their heartfelt goals in life. Furthermore, I wish to raise awareness of mental health and support the well-being of children, families and young people in education.

I have 10 years’ experience in teaching and working within local authority and in educational settings. I have a proven track record of successfully engaging parents, including hard to reach parents and their children.

Overtime, I have come to understand that parents are a major influence on their children’s lives so providing families with the right support at significant points in their children’s lives, is crucial. Due to the nature of my work, I have been able to make hard, but fair decisions based on what is best for the family at that time.

Therefore, I have the skills required to a governor. I am able to forge good working relations not only with families/ children, but also with statutory agencies who provide services to support the local community. This enables me to demonstrate good working practices, which not only raise the profile of the organisation, but also enables them to reach targets. This in turn, has enabled me to build trust with both the community and families therefore a take up on services available to them.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Marcus Evans

Appointed November 2018

Marcus EvansThe Tavistock and Portman NHS trust occupies a unique position nationally and internationally as a home for psychoanalytic and systemic thinking in healthcare settings. Importantly this thinking can help staff stay in touch with the human nature of their work in hard pressed public services. 

I undertook my psychotherapy training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust before taking up a post in the adult department twenty years ago. I occupied many roles including Senior Lecturer, Adult Psychotherapist Adult Department and Portman Clinic, Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director. All of these roles have given me an experience of the Trusts work in various areas including Education and training, clinical and consultancy. My experiences in management have given me an insight into the pressures staff are under to deliver quality services in the context of shrinking resources and a changing environment. I have a particular interest in the relevance of the Trusts thinking in Mental Health and Forensic services. 

Although I have now retired from the trust I am working in Adult Mental Health settings and in private practice and my commitment to the relevance of the Trusts thinking, and traditions remain. I am putting myself forward for the role of staff governor in order to support the staff and the trust in this vital work in this challenging environment.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Noel Hess

Appointed November 2018

Noel HessI worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Camden NHS Psychotherapy Service, originally at UCH and latterly at St Pancras, for 30 years, retiring in July 2016. During this time I was closely involved in the organisation of psychotherapy services in our locality, which involved regular liaison and consultation with our neighbours at the Tavistock and Portman (as well as colleagues at the Royal Free and Whittington). I am pleased to say that we had a good working relationship, and one of mutual respect. During this time I got to observe the (often difficult) processes of change which affected the Tavistock as an organisation.

I trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst and have worked in private practice for 30 years alongside my NHS work. I continue to do this. I was actively involved in the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP), and was Chair from 2002- 2005. I have been Vice President of the British Psychoanalytic Association since 2014.

I think that my work history and professional commitments demonstrate my deep adherence to the importance and value of psychoanalytic help and that this help be available in the public sector. The need to be understood is fundamental to human beings. My primary reason for putting myself forward for election to the Council of Governors is to try and protect the provision of this service, for people who come to the Tavistock, whether to be helped or to be educated.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Kris Hutchinson

Appointed August 2017
Kris

I have over 25 years experience working in mental health in different parts of London. Much of this work has been with people struggling with severe mental disturbance.

I have extensive experience working in the NHS, as a clinician and a manager, and in the last 5 years have worked in a pupil referral unit with young people excluded from mainstream education. 

Many of these young people have multiple layers of trauma to manage.

My work as a music therapist enables me access to creative and flexible processes, helpful in the task of management, where balancing thinly spread services can all too easily result in compromised care.  I am passionate about finding ways to continue to think, and to make meaningful connections that consider properly the complex nature of the human condition, even in the current climate of austerity.

I am passionate about working to enable people to live alongside their mental health difficulties, seeking ways to shift or break ongoing cycles of damage.  Accessing the right help can make positive difference to individuals and families, offering significant benefit to the bigger long-term financial picture.

I attended my first course at the Tavistock in 1994.  More recently I completed a Master’s Training in adolescent work.  I value this training, and its ongoing impact on my work, enormously.

I believe in the work of the Tavistock and, if elected, would work to protect and ensure its continued growth.

Declaration of Interests:

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Michael Rustin

Appointed August 2017Michael

I have had a long association with the Tavistock Clinic, including as a visiting teacher and research supervisor on its Psychoanalytic Studies, Child Psychotherapy, Social Work and Consultancy courses.

I was closely involved in the development of its academic partnership with the University of East London, which has led to the award of many hundreds of postgraduate degrees over more than 20 years. I am acquainted with many members of staff and students at the Tavistock.

I have had substantial relevant experience as a staff governor of the University of East London, and as a trustee of several charities, including Open Door (the Young People’s Counselling Service in Haringey), the Amiel-Melburn Trust, and the Stuart Hall Foundation.

The Tavistock, like many other public service providers, is under great financial and political pressures at the present time.  I am concerned that its distinctive qualities  and world-wide reputation, and the high professional standards of its practice should be defended in this context.  I believe that its expertise in its specialist and multi-disciplinary fields are among its principal assets. I have always been committed to making high quality therapeutic resources available as public services in the community.

These are the commitments I would bring to the role of a member of the Council of Governors.

Political Party: Labour
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am a visiting Professor and teacher, but I am paid for my work through my part-time contract at the University of East London, in the context of the University’s partnership arrangement with the Trust, and in no other way.


Julie Wall

Appointed November 2018

Julie WallThe Tavistock has been woven into my life and career for decades, from working there as a temp fifteen years ago, having clinical supervision when I was working in the challenging but hugely rewarding role of Young Women’s Worker, to now using their theories and research in my studies as a student Social Worker at Goldsmiths University. 

I have had a varied career, but the most rewarding aspect has been the youth work I have carried out over the last ten years and my work specifically with marginalised and hard to reach young people. The young people I have worked with have usually suffered significant, and in some cases multiple, trauma and their emotional well-being, self-esteem and resilience has been severely impacted as a result. Mental health and emotional well-being has always underpinned my work and I have seen first-hand the widespread rise in mental health concerns for young people resulting from bullying to the trauma of child sexual exploitation and abuse and the subsequent self-harming behaviour as a consequence. I have always strived to signpost, refer and help young people access therapeutic services, services which have been pioneered by the Tavistock, and I believe passionately in the need for greater provision of therapeutic responses for our young people. 

It would be an honour to be elected a Governor for the Tavistock and I will strive to give the young people I have worked with, and continue to work with, a voice as part of that role. 

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


George Wilkinson

Re-elected for second term November 2018 

George WilkinsonA deep commitment to the provision of effective mental health services, education, and research in the NHS led me to stand for election as a governor three years ago.

As well as attending Council, I have been actively involved helping formulate the direction of the Trust as a Governor member on the Clinical Quality Safety and Governance Committee and the Tavistock Centre Board. I have also served on the Nominations Committee, and been a member of the Trust’s Quality Advisory Group.

There are real challenges and opportunities for the Trust and if re-elected, I will continue to bring my experience, energy, and enthusiasm to Council, determined with my colleagues to safeguard what makes the Trust such a singularly important part of the NHS, to represent as best I can the interests of our members, and to help make a real difference in the lives of the Trust’s patients, their families, and their carers.

I chair the board of trustees of Bridge Support, a SE London charity supporting people with enduring mental ill health, and manage a small charitable foundation. I have had close personal experience of mental health illness, and the challenges that people with mental health issues experience, in my day-to-day life, as chair of Bridge, and as a listening volunteer with Samaritans. I have been immensely privileged to have served on the Council and for me being a governor is a very real and personal commitment. To be re-elected will be a great honour.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Kimberley Wilson

Re-elected for second term November 2018

Kimberley WilsonIt is with pride that I stand for the opportunity of re-election to the Council of Governors.

Having trained at the Trust I have benefitted from the truly world class teaching, supervision and writing of the faculty. The Trust faces a number of serious challenges in the current political and healthcare climate that require the oversight of a council committed to its prosperity. I believe strongly in the contemporary, everyday importance of the Trust’s clinical traditions, and that the Tavistock and Portman can and should be a leading voice on public health and political policy.

I would value the chance to continue to raise public awareness of the varied work of the Trust and to offer some continuity to the Council of Governors.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Staff Governors

Jessica Anglin d’Christian

Appointed November 2018

Jessica Anglin d'ChristianI served as a Police Constable with the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, which demanded high levels of self-discipline and self-control, crisis management, listening, mediation and conflict resolution skills. Whilst there, I advocated for local policy changes to the use of police powers when supporting clients from ethnic minority backgrounds.

I helped establish a Psychiatric Intensive Care unit in S.E. London, formulating policies and procedures, and I run a successful private psychotherapy practice, holding weekend workshops and seminars teaching on mental health. I believe empowerment and education are effective change agents, and through building and shaping relationships we can make a positive difference. I remain committed to reducing stigma around mental illness within society and on reducing barriers that discourage individuals from engaging with services.

I have twenty years’ experience supporting clients, carers and staff within the NHS and currently work across two NHS Trusts. This affords me the ability to draw on good practice, highlight strengths and promote change through comparison.

I appreciate the rich diversity of ethnicity, culture and social dynamics and as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for MOSAIC CAMHS I remain fully committed to ensuring that the Trust’s Race Equality Strategy is systematically taken forward with the right voices. I will be an excellent link between the BAME network and the Board of Governors, and will represent the views of all staff, helping to ensure that the Trust strengthens its commitment to diversity and moves a step closer to becoming more reflective of the community which it serves.


Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am employed by the Trust as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Currently vacant

Stakeholder governors

James Calmus
London Borough of Camden

James CalmusAppointed June 2018

Professor Fiona Nolan

University of Essex

Fiona NolanAppointed August 2018










University of East London

Currently Vacant 








Sue DowdSue Dowd

Voluntary Action Camden

Re-appointed January 2016