Mark Lam (1 June 2020) ELFT Chair

Mark is an experienced board director and digital technologist with global experience in both private and public sectors and is a non-executive director on the board of Social Work England, the national regulator for social workers. Mark has previously held a variety of board positions in public healthcare 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.


Ken Batty (Appointed to the Trust Board in October 2016)

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 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.

Since leaving full-time employment he has done 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 and a trustee and Director of Regent’s University, London.

In 2017 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


Mary Elford (Appointed to the Trust Board in February 2012) Vice Chair

Mary has held a range of director and leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

She is currently a Non Executive Director of Health Education England ( since 2013) and a Director of  Queen Mary Innovation and Queen Mary Bioenterprises. She is a member of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for the NHS and the National Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards.

Previous roles include serving on the General Pharmaceutical Council ( 2013-19), on the Council of Queen Mary, University of London ( 2006-13) and as a Non Executive Director of Barts Health (2002-12).

Mary’s commercial career was with the John Lewis Partnership, where she held a range of senior executive positions. 

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Oxford


Jennifer Kay (October 2014) Non-Executive Director

Jenny was appointed to her role as Non-Executive Director at ELFT in 2014. She has extensive experience of Board level governance, both as Executive and Non-Executive Director.

She has 15 years’ experience in front line clinical roles (culminating in her role as a children’s ward sister at King’s College Hospital) and 18 years in NHS management; the majority stemming from her role as Director of Nursing with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (2001 to November 2012). In this role she delivered a wide range of quality improvements in clinical practice and also supported the development of clinical staff (notably her work to strengthen the role of the ward sister).

She also has experience at the Department of Health and in nursing and quality leadership roles in a strategic health authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Jenny was appointed Non-Executive Director to Spire Healthcare in June 2019.

Qualifications: BA(Hons), RGN, RSCN, MBA 


Professor Sir Sam Everington (January 2020) Non-Executive Director

Sam is recognised as a pioneer of the social prescription movement.

He has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989. He is chair of Tower Hamlet's CCG. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with more than 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health.

He is governor of a local primary school and was one of the founders of THEDOC – the Tower Hamlets GP Out of Hours Service.

Sam is a qualified Barrister, a member of the British Medical Association (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 has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS.

He is a Fellow and Honorary Professor of Queen Mary University of London and Vice President of the Queen's Nursing Institute.

In 2018 he was appointed to the role of Chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council, London's 32 clinical commissioning group chairs.

He has previously been a member of GMC Council, Cabinet appointed Ambassador for Social Enterprise and Acting Chair of the BMA. He is a trained woodcarver, welder and day skipper and he also speaks Norwegian.


Aamir Ahmad (November 2018) Non-Executive Director

Aamir is a well-versed entrepreneur, having founded a number of businesses in retail and hospitality such as being founder and CEO of furniture retailer Dwell. He was awarded Lloyds TBS Asian Entrepreneur of the Year (2008).

Other 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) (1 November) Non-Executive Director

Currently Chief of Staff at Network Rail, Anit has worked diligently within various financial roles, previously holding positions such as Financial Director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (2013 – 2018), multiple senior roles at Network Rail Finance Division (2007-2013) including Finance Director in the Asset Management Division, Financial controller of Multiple Foods Ltd (2005-2007) and additional financial roles at Shell Oil and J Sainsbury (1993-2013).

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