Mark Lam ELFT Chair

Mark joined as Chair at the Trust in June 2020.

Mark is an experienced board director and digital technologist with global experience in both private and public sectors. He is Chair of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Vice-Chair of North Central London Provider Alliance and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Social Work England. Mark has previously held a variety of board positions in public healthcare, including as Chair of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, and was a Trustee of the University of Essex.

Mark began his technology career during the dotcom boom, training at web start-ups before moving into telecommunications and IT. Mark’s longest association was with BT Group, where he was a senior executive, finishing his career there as Chief Technology and Information Officer of Openreach, the national infrastructure provider. Prior to BT Group, he led a number of digital initiatives at major global businesses, including Carphone Warehouse and Siemens.
Mark comes from Singapore originally and has lived in London for over twenty years. He holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Eileen Taylor Vice Chair

Eileen joined the Trust in November 2018 and was appointed Vice-Chair of London in March 2019 and subsequently of the Trust from October 2020.

Eileen is a veteran investment banker with 38 years’ experience within global leadership roles based in Asia, US and the UK.  She has held a range of senior roles in Deutsche Bank over 30 years including Global Head of Regulatory Management and CEO of DB UK Bank Ltd.  Eileen has held Chief Operating Officer roles at Global Markets Europe, Global Foreign Exchange and the Institutional Client Group. She has also Chaired the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board and was the Co-Chair of the Task Force of Talent Innovation.

Eileen Taylor is also a Non-Executive Director of MUFG Securities EMEA, Ltd.

She has also served as a Trustee on the Board of the East London Alliance (ELBA) Charity as well as on the Advisory Council of Heart of the City Charity and is formerly a Board member of the British Bankers Association (2013 – 2016).

Eileen also volunteers with the elderly within her local community.

Ken Batty Senior Independent Director

Ken joined the Trust in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed as the Trust’s Senior Independent Director with effect from October 2020.

Ken worked for 30 years in the technology sector – at IBM and at Lenovo. At Lenovo he ran the Human Resources service in Europe, Middle East and Africa; and then in Asia Pacific. He currently runs his own company providing HR consultancy to organisations.

Since leaving full-time employment Ken has undertaken several public sector roles. In January 2019 he completed a four-year term as a lay member on The Speakers Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Authority. He is Vice Chair of Governors at Ark Action High School, Vice Chair of the Inner Circle Education Trust, Trustee of DFM Learning (usually called Dr Frost Maths) and Chair of the Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust. He is also the Independent Chair of the Nominations Committee at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

Ken was one of the founders of the Albert Kennedy Trust, the UK’s LGBT Youth Homelessness Charity and is now an Ambassador for the Trust. In 2018 he was listed in the Financial Times as one of the ten most influential LGBT+ people working in the public sector.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Politics

Aamir Ahmad Non-Executive Director

Aamir joined the Trust in November 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

Aamir is a well-versed entrepreneur, having founded a number of businesses in retail and hospitality including founder and CEO of furniture retailer Dwell. He was Lloyds TSB Asian Retail Entrepreneur Jewel award winner in 2008.

Aamir is a Trustee and Director at children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

Other previous positions include Strategy Consultant with Boston Consulting Group and Senior Group Strategy positions at Laura Ashley and Diageo. He is also a former foster carer with Lambeth and Albert Kennedy Trust, working closely with disadvantaged LGBT teenagers.

Qualifications: BSc Hons 

Anit Chandarana (Audit Chair) Non-Executive Director

Anit joined the Trust in November 2018 as a Non-Executive Director and is also the Trust’s Audit Committee Chair.

Anit is a qualified Finance Director with blue-chip experience and a track record of business partnership and commercial finance leadership.

Currently Chief of Staff at Network Rail, Anit has worked diligently within various senior financial roles at Network Rail including Director of Business Planning and Strategy (2018 – 2019) and Financial Director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (2013 – 2018).  He has held multiple senior roles at Network Rail Finance Division (2007-2013) including Finance Director in the Asset Management Division, and was previously Financial Controller of Multiple Foods Ltd (2005-2007) and various financial roles at Shell Oil and J Sainsbury (1993-2013).

Anit has also been Non-Executive Director of Permanent Way Institution (2016-2018) and Chair of Trustees, Network Rail Pension Scheme (CARE and DC).

Anit has been recognised twice in the Financial Times list of The 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives.

Professor Sir Sam Everington MBBS, MRCGP, Barrister, OBE Non-Executive Director

Sam joined the Trust in January 2020 as a Non-Executive Director.

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989 in the Bromley by Bow Partnership. The centre has over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. The social prescribing delivered at the centre is now part of a network of two thousand across the country and is in the process of being put in every general practice in the country. He is Vice-Chair of North East London CCG.

Sam is a member of BMA Council and Vice President of the BMA. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner-city primary care in 2006, the International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care. He is a member of the Ministerial National NHS Infrastructure and NHS Resolution Boards, and is Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of the Queen's Nursing Institute.

Sam has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise, Acting Chair of the BMA, adviser to shadow cabinet ministers between 1992 and 1997 and national advisor to NHS England’s New Models of Care project.

Sam is a trained woodcarver, day skipper, and speaks Norwegian. He trained originally as a cadet pilot in the RAF and lives with his wife and five children in Tower Hamlets. He works as a GP 2 days a week. 

Richard Carr Non-Executive Director

Richard joined the Trust in December 2020 as a Non-Executive Director after almost 26 years as a local authority chief executive.

Richard was the first Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council, a unitary authority created from the merger of a County Council and two District Councils in 2009. In Richard’s 11 years at the helm, the Council delivered significant improvements in key areas such as Children’s Services, Adult Social Care and Regeneration, against the background of a challenging financial climate.

Richard worked for seven councils throughout his career. He became Chief Executive of East Cambridgeshire District Council in 1995 and then Aylesbury Vale District Council in 2000. He then took the helm at Wolverhampton City Council in 2006.

Throughout his career, Richard has led major programmes of change, including two housing stock transfers, a £350m Building Schools for the Future programme and several urban regeneration projects.

Between May 2017 and October 2020, Richard was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (ICS) serving a population of a million people and comprising fifteen organisations straddling the NHS and Local Government.

Richard has also been a University governor and a governor of two colleges of Further Education. He has an honours degree in the Humanities, a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.

Richard now runs a small management consultancy whose assignments include work with the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair Non-Executive Director

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair joined the Trust in January 2021 as a Non-Executive Director.

Dame Donna is General Secretary and Chief Executive of The Royal College of Nursing (RCN). She is responsible for delivering the RCN's strategic and operational plans and promoting patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues.

Prior to joining the RCN, Dame Donna held various roles including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine; Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Commissioning. She has specialised in child protection, providing leadership in major hospital trusts in London, teaching, and advising on legal and governmental committees.

Deborah Wheeler Non-Executive Director

Deborah joined the Trust in January 2021 as a Non-Executive Director.

Deborah trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital, spending her clinical career in orthopaedic nursing before moving into nursing management.  She has been Director of Nursing at several NHS trusts in London and became Deputy Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England South Region.  More recently Deborah moved back to a Director of Nursing post at the North Middlesex Hospital in North London, before retiring from full-time work at the end of 2019. 

Deborah is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar and received the Chief Nursing Officer’s Gold Award for lifetime achievement in 2019.

Deborah lives in Redbridge with her two adult sons and has an active life outside work.  She is a Trustee of two national charities – Epilepsy Society and Revitalise Respite Holidays.  Deborah is churchwarden for her local church, where she is also a service leader.  In her spare time she is an avid crafter making handmade cards which she sells to raise funds for the church.