Council of Governors

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

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

Natalie BaronNatalie Baron

Appointed November 2012, re-elected for a second term November 2015

I believe passionately in valuing mental health equally with physical health. I also believe it is vital to address the stigma suffered by people dealing with mental health issues. It has been a privilege to serve my first three-year term as a governor at the Tavistock & Portman and be part of working towards these goals.

As an existing governor, I have worked with the trust across several different areas – including shortlisting and interviewing new non-executive directors, helping recruit new members for the trust, and advising on the trust’s website and leaflets. I take a particular interest in the Patient and Public Involvement committee, which I have been part of for three years. The committee looks in depth at how the trust can put the needs of its patients and the wider community at the centre of everything it does.

I have been a resident in Camden for almost thirty years, and I care deeply about the people who live here. I chair an advisory board for Kentish Town West’s Children’s Centres, as well as a local forum for parents and carers of children with special education needs and disabilities.

It would be an honour to be re-elected for a second term and continue to represent the population of Camden within the trust as best I can.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Edna O’Shaughnessy

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

governor-camden-edna-oshaughnessy.jpgIn the 1950’s, when John Bowlby was the Clinic Director, I trained at the Tavistock in the old Beaumont Street building to become a Child Psychotherapist. Later, I became a psychoanalyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society of which I am still an active member. I have always kept a connection with the Tavistock – first, as an external supervisor in the Child and Family Department; later also, and both currently, in the Adult Department as an Honorary Consultant to the Fitzjohn’s Unit. I have much affection for the Tavistock.

These are difficult financial times that make for difficult policy decisions. Financial cuts affect jobs, threaten the good treatment of patients, and the training and research for which the Tavistock and Portman Clinics are known world-wide – a reputation won over many years by clinicians with a core psychoanalytic orientation, alongside of which other approaches have also flourished.

As I see it, what has been won might be lost. Ways are needed to be found to protect this specialist identity of the Tavistock and Portman Clinics. I understand that the Council of Governors makes no decisions, but I hope, with my fellow governors, to be able to reflect on these issues and contribute some helpful thinking which - the web-site assure us- “would be heard right at the top of our decision-making process”.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am an Honorary Consultant to the Fitzjohn’s Unit of the Tavistock Clinic and an External Supervisor in the Child and Family Department.


Richard Mark Murray Richard Mark Murray

Term of office begins in April 2016 and will end in October 2018

I became a governor of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for three principal reasons. Firstly, and most simply, living in Chalk Farm I see the importance of mental health provision in reducing suffering, saving lives and turning around fortunes.

Secondly, health provision, mental health services and specifically the Tavi are all on the cusp of big changes. I was very impressed with the council when I attended the June meeting. I hope to add a younger but not inexperienced perspective to it. I feel my expertise from working as an advisor to central government and leading change programme in Victim Support can help navigate these choppy waters.

Currently I work on the integration of health and social care. From the Mental Health Taskforce being led by Paul Farmer as part of the Five Year Forward View, to the new models of care “vanguard” sites, I have a good understanding of the strategies institutions and structures of the next period of health policy. My experience with service redesigns will prove invaluable in assessing the estates and service questions that the Tavi will have decide on shortly.

Lastly, I believe in the efficacy of the wide spectrum of interventions that the Tavi provide. I have seen friends benefit immensely from therapy based care. The Tavi not only provide this care but – as a teaching hospital - stand for it. That is special. It needs to be protected and nourished to ensure the future and growth of the Trust.

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

Anthony Francis Levy

Appointed November 2012, re-elected for a second term November 2015

Anthony LevyI have been a governor for three years during which I have played an active part in quality governance, appointments and remuneration committees as well as contributing to the strategic review. I have also tried to raise the importance and profile of education and training for which the Tavi is rightly so famous.

With a background in business and business education I have also served on NHS boards as chairman and non-executive director and have worked with the voluntary & community sector for over twenty years. I have recently been appointed Chairman of Self Management UK, the country’s leading charity providing self-management support for people living with long term conditions. I am also on the boards of both energy and environmental services companies.

I believe that the Tavi’s approach and philosophy is increasingly important and its specialist services need to develop to serve a much wider population. If I am elected for a second term as governor, I will continue trying to ensure that the Tavi is able to survive as an independent organisation able to engage and enthuse professionals working in mental health and making a real difference to the lives of patients, their families and carers.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: Labour
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Camilla NichollsCamilla Nicholls

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

I have been particularly aware of the outstanding reputation of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust since my training as an adult psychotherapist. Before setting up in private practice I worked at board level for arts organisations and the national media. I have over fifteen years of Board membership/ chairing a Board of Trustees and believe I have considerable relevant managerial experience to offer as a governor.

Interest in working with more troubled patients who usually miss out on appropriate psychoanalytic psychotherapy led me to the Fitzjohn’s Unit (FJU) based in the Tavistock’s adult department. Since 2013 I have been an Honorary Psychotherapist in the FJU gaining a deeper understanding of the Trust’s unique function and purpose as a whole. My colleagues are clinicians, administrators and service staff. I have seen where good management enables good work and, on occasion, the opposite.

As a governor I would:

  • seek to protect and grow the Trust’s reputation as a leading training and clinical resource for psychotherapy.
  • aim to facilitate the Trust’s management in the task of maintaining the excellence of the organisation whilst also supporting it’s staff in a challenging economic context.
  • encourage the Trust to play its part in ensuring mental health is kept at the forefront of the health agenda.

Having experienced mental health problems myself in the past I also know what it is like to benefit from long-term psychotherapy.

It would be a privilege to work in a collegiate way as part of the Trust’s governance.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Kimberley Wilson

Kimberley Wilson

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

My name is Kimberley Wilson. I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist currently working in private practice in Wimpole Street.

I am seeking election to the Council of Governors because of my care for the important work of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and my wish to safeguard its security, and reputation for excellent care, in the future. As a student of the Trust I have benefitted from the world class teaching and research undertaken here, and as a referring mental health professional I respect and value the skills and knowledge of the staff and care teams enormously.

Throughout my professional career I have established a strong foundation of public and patient representation in healthcare and service delivery. As a psychology graduate in Manchester I was one of the inaugural members of the Public and Patient Involvement Group for NHS mental health services. I held a similar position in the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology (the body responsible for setting and maintaining training standards), a role I fulfilled for five years before being elected as Chair. The experience garnered from these roles puts me in a strong position to ensure that the views and concerns of the members are delivered to the Trust and responded to appropriately and promptly.

My aim is to represent the broad and diverse interests of all members and to hold my position with the utmost integrity.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Craig GriffithsDr Craig Griffiths

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

I stood to become a governor because I’m passionate about mental health provision and I want to ensure that the Tavistock & Portman Trust is as accessible and accountable as possible to its patients, members and staff – all those who rely on it and believe in it. As a former patient here, I am particularly keen to make sure that patients and service users are involved in decision-making at the Trust, wherever appropriate.

As a university lecturer (in History), I take a keen interest in the mental health of young people – drawing also on my own experiences of what has been good (and not so good) in my own treatment over the years. Previously, I have also worked for The Equality Trust, which campaigns for greater income equality.

Alongside attending the Council meetings, I also serve on the Equalities and the Teaching and Learning Committees. I am always happy to be contacted by members, patients, or anyone else interested in the Trust; please email me via the contact link on the right hand side of the page.

Declaration of Interests:

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


Derek DraperDerek Draper

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

I work as a managing consultant with YSC, a business psychology company, assessing and developing people and teams in large corporations. I am also, one afternoon a week, a practising psychotherapist. I have an MA in Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley (2004) and a second MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Tavistock (2005-6). One of the most fulfilling experiences of my life was the work I did with my NHS training patient on that course.

So I have seen the Tavistock and Portman close up and believe its work to be of the utmost importance. It is vital that the full range of effective therapies be provided to the community we serve. It is especially important that the traditions associated with the Tavistock are respected and maintained.

My working life is now largely devoted to assessing some of the most senior business leaders in the country. This, and my own background setting up and running businesses, means that I bring knowledge and experience that could be valuable on the Council of Governors. For example: strategy setting, team effectiveness, talent management and corporate finance.

I have made my own share of mistakes in the past, and have had my own dark times. I am only here today because of the support I received. I want to help make sure others receive the same support by helping to make the Tavi stronger and more successful than ever. If you want to know more please visit www.derekdraper.net. Thank you.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: Labour
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


Samuel ChikoworeSamuel Takunda Chikowore

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

Many people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives – some short-lived, some long term. If we want a society where everyone can play their part, then we need to make sure we support and promote opportunity for all, including those living with mental health problems. My father Farayi Chikowore and uncle Handsen Chikowore were strong and effective governors of this trust for the last three years and would like to build on what they have contributed by bringing fresh ideas. They are stepping down to give me an opportunity. I am aspiring to become a psychiatrist. Three of my close family members suffered from mental health issues and I was isolated and discriminated at school because of that.

I understand that mental health stigma and discrimination exacerbate broader social and health inequalities and present major challenges for people with mental health problems to live as equal. Intolerance and prejudice are also damaging to us all, as those with mental health are less likely to seek timely care and treatment for fear of being labelled and ostracised.

I believe that mental health is the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age. I would like to hold both the executive and non executive directors of the trust to account and ensure that they effectively discharge their stewardship roles effectively. I feel that I would be an enthusiastic and proactive governor and would like the opportunity to help the Trust implement Integrated Business Plan to enhance service delivery.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Marilyn Jane Miller

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

governor-england-marilyn-miller.jpgI have long been a passionate supporter of the unique clinical services and training offered by the Trust. Now semi-retired and based in the West Midlands, I also have a regional outsider’s perspective offering a useful critical edge.

As a Tavistock-trained adult psychotherapist (social work discipline), I taught there for many years, went on to senior management posts in social services, universities (UK/USA), and on the NHS front-line of primary care in Central London. I have published books and papers on this work and edited journals.

I am a blue badge holder with extensive experience of disability and am aware of the mental health needs of an ageing population. My specialist experience is work with adults, couples and male sexuality. I am currently External Examiner on the Couples Psychotherapy Programme.

I have a flair for creative marketing within a rapidly changing policy environment. I pioneered high level interprofessional programmes at times of hostile policy change which attracted national and international acclaim and special funding. I drew on core ‘depth’ elements from my Tavistock experience (observational study and group relations training) translating these to the challenges of a time-pressured, eclectic environment that was in ‘free fall’. Change management and scarce resources sharpened my decision-making and became a way of life.

I believe my management, leadership and marketing skills, and the depth and range of my experience can contribute to a role as governor within the Trust in the competitive NHS market context of today.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None


George WilkinsonGeorge Wilkinson

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

I have and have always had a deep interest in mental health and wellbeing. Members of my immediate family and a number of close friends have had mental ill-health, and I have also been exposed to the challenges that face people with mental ill-health in my day-to-day working life, as a listening volunteer with Samaritans, and as chair of the trustees of Bridge Mental Health in South East London. I have a long standing commitment to the survival of the provision of proper and effective mental health services, training and research within the NHS.

The opportunity for me that being a Governor brings is to help make a real difference in the improvement of mental health services.

I will bring to the role of Governor skills and attributes I have acquired and developed over a long career as a lawyer, in marketing and communications, and most recently in career counselling and management, together with
the experience gained from my involvement in roles I have had in a number of charities: as supporter, volunteer, trustee, and chair. These include the ability to think strategically and independently, to communicate effectively, to analyse complex matters, to represent a wide and diverse range of stakeholders, and above all to work as part of a team committed to achieving defined goals.

Both at work and outside, I have always been fully committed to promoting a culture of excellence, openness and achievement, and I have always valued diversity.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Staff Governors

David BellDr David Bell

Term of office begins in November 2015 and will end in November 2018

I served as the first senior clinical/academic representative (2006-9), so have a good sense of the role of the Council and the tasks involved.

I have been Employed by Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1995. I established a unique specialist service, The Fitzjohns Unit, providing for the needs of the more disturbed patients. The service has maintained a longer-term treatment appropriate to the needs of this patient group, no easy task in our current context. My course ‘The Development of Psychoanalytic Concepts (PC4)’ has over 50 attendees every year and receives some of the best feedback of courses within the Trust.

Other current duties include:

  • Joint Lead Whole Trust Scientific Programme
  • Set up and lead unit providing expert psychiatric reports for immigration/human rights.

Other roles on behalf of the Trust have included: Chairman of Consultant Psychiatrists (Adult Dept), Director for Medical Specialist Psychotherapy Training NW Thames, various working parties on services for severe psychiatric disorder (Camden and Islington). I have written on the deterioration in psychiatric care.

I was President of the British Psychoanalytic Society (2010 - 2012).

I am acutely aware of the tasks facing us in the current period and if elected aim to help preserve the identity of the Tavistock and Portman as an NHS centre of the highest clinical and intellectual standards, whilst recognising the harsh climate of austerity and the drive towards simplification of the nature of psychiatric problems.

Declaration of Interests:
Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am employed by the Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy

Angela HaseltonMs Angela Haselton

Appointed July 2014, re-elected November 2015

Christine Bury

Appointed May 2016, term of office ends October 2018

Stakeholder governors

Claire LeylandCllr Claire Louise-Leyland
London Borough of Camden

Appointed September 2012

governor-stakeholder-jo-jackson.jpgProf Jo Jackson

University of Essex

Appointed December 2013









governor-stakeholder-helen-masterton.jpgDr Helen Masterton

University of East London

Appointed June 2015








Sue Dowd

Voluntary Action Camden

Appointed January 2015

Thomas DasDr Thomas Das

Camden CCG

Appointed June 2013