Become a Governor

This spring, the Trust is holding elections for the Council of Governors, who play an important role in our governance framework.

Patient Governor Maggie Harkness talking to members

If you are interested in the work of the Trust and would like to be more involved, this is a great opportunity to do so.

By attending quarterly Council of Governors meetings and the Annual General Meeting, Governors become aware of and discuss key issues as well as the strategic direction of the organisation, while representing the views of patients, carers, public and staff members.

Governors also contribute and add value by joining various working groups and committees. You do not need any specific qualifications, as all successful candidates will be provided with relevant training, development, and support to carry out the role.

When a vacancy arises on the Council of Governors all members within that constituency are written to advising them an election will be held and inviting them to stand/and vote. To find out more, contact Rebecca Hudson, Member and Governor Lead, on 020 7808 2844 or email Rebecca.Hudson@rmh.nhs.uk.

Maggie Harkness stood down as Patient Governor at the end of her final term of office in May 2022 having served three terms. She said: “I became a Governor as I wanted to make a difference, using my professional experience as a retired nurse and my experience gained from being a patient to help make it better for others.

“I have loved every minute of it. I have enjoyed working with all the teams and the Board, which is very driven and enthusiastic.

“It has been wonderful to have been a part of this renowned establishment and I would highly encourage people to consider standing.”

Election results

The following candidates were elected in the May 2022 elections:

Tim Nolan – Patient: Carer
Louise (Louann) Heale – Patient: Carer
Melanie Crossley – Patient Elsewhere in England
Penka Nikolova – Patient: Elsewhere in London
Tom Brown – Patient: Kensington & Chelsea and Sutton & Merton
Philippa Leslie – Patient: Kensington & Chelsea and Sutton & Merton
Stuart Walker – Patient: Kensington & Chelsea and Sutton & Merton
Antony Elliott – Public: Elsewhere in England
Shirley Chapman – Public: Sutton and Merton
Jane Kimaru – Staff: Nurse
Fiona Rolls – Staff: Clinical Professionals
Jayne Wood – Staff: Doctors