Bexley Adult: Lesley Smith

Service User/Carer Governor (Bexley Adult)


I'm a Service User/Carer Governor representing service user and carer members who use our Adult services 
(Adult Community Health, Adult Mental Health and Older Adults Mental Health) in the Bexley borough.  I've been a Governor since 2013. 

Governor: Lesley Smith 2015
Service User/Carer Governor (Bexley Adult): Lesley Smith

About me

I’ve had a variety of careers during my professional life, latterly working as a family welfare officer in a school, but I also worked as a counsellor for Relate, and before that I was with the police for twelve years. I’ve been involved with lots of volunteering work, too, with Home Start and Shop Mobility and work with the blind.

I’m now a grandmother and am part of a vibrant church community. My daughter is a coordinator for ‘Lark in the Park’, which started out as a small church-run event in a tent but is now a massive two-week community festival, attracting thousands of people from across the borough and beyond. I put in plenty of babysitting hours to support my daughter’s work during her busy periods! Oxleas has a presence at Lark in the Park and some staff attend to make the community aware of their outreach services.

Why I became a Governor

I’ve been an Oxleas service user in the past and decided I wanted to be involved in giving something back and helping to shape the service, so I became a governor. I felt that as I was in the position of having experienced the service and knew that there were areas that could be improved, I’d be well placed to provide input in helping Oxleas transition from managing mental health to effectively treating it.

I’m still finding my way around. I’ve visited different service areas across the three boroughs and have been impressed with the staff who I’ve found to be committed and hard-working, even though they’re under pressure. I’m happy to feedback my observations and I’d like to see a greater accommodation of service users’ needs by the system, rather than the system dictating the service.

I’m on the Remuneration Committee and I also attend other meetings when I can. I’m particularly interested in CAMHS and in the prison service.

My interests and hobbies

In my free time, I like to socialise with friends and family. I also like going to the cinema and to the theatre. I love music and enjoy dancing, when I can!

Contact me

You can contact me by:

  • emailing oxl-tr.governors@nhs.net
  • or you can call the Trust Secretary's office on 01322 625752 - they will pass a message on to me.
  • you can also write to me c/o the Trust Secretary's Office, Pinewood House, Pinewood Place, Dartford DA2 7WG.