Why did you become a governor?
My wish to serve as a governor comes from a deep sense of gratitude and respect for the trust. I have a long-standing relationship with the trust on a number of levels. From joining a study group at the (then) Tavistock Clinic in 1979 and receiving a referral for psychotherapy in the 80s, to participating in Anton Obholzer's 'Consulting to Institutions' workshop for 12 years and teaching on the MA programme 'Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches', I have come to appreciate the trust's impact upon those who use and participate in its services.
Becoming a governor offers an opportunity to express my appreciation for the trust's work, bring a capacity to challenge and question decisions, and act as a good 'critical friend'.
Which area of the trust's work would you like to become involved in and why?
As one of the two public governors for the 'rest of England and Wales' constituency, I have a keen interest in how the trust can extend the liveliness of its relationship and relevance to members, including patients, students and others with an interest beyond NW3.
I am involved with the work of the communications team, and attend the monthly communications committee, which is one means of contributing to this goal. I also have considerable experience of leadership consultancy in organisations, and sit on the Chair's Appraisal Sub-Committee.
What skills and knowledge do you feel you can bring to the trust?
I can offer 25 years' experience of systems-psychodynamic consulting to a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations addressing issues including service delivery, participation and governance. I have worked in health, equalities and social action environments and have an understanding of mental health issues.