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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

Declaration of Interests:

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.

Kris Hutchinson

Appointed August 2017Kris

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

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 BuryChristine Bury

Appointed May 2016, term of office ends October 2018 

Stakeholder governors

Claire LeylandCllr Claire Louise-Leyland
London Borough of Camden

Appointed September 2012

Professor Vasilios IoakimidisVasilios

University of Essex

Appointed August 2017

University of East London

Currently Vacant 

Sue DowdSue Dowd

Voluntary Action Camden

Appointed January 2015