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. He is also Chair of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health NHS Trust and is a non-executive director on the board of Social Work England. 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.

 

Eileen Taylor (November 2018) Vice Chair

Eileen is an experienced investment banker of 38 years in global leadership roles based in the UK, the US and Asia. She has held a range of senior roles in Deutsche Bank including Global Head of Regulatory Management, CEO of DB UK Bank Ltd, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Global Markets Europe, COO of Global Foreign Exchange and COO of the Institutional Client Group. 

Eileen has served as a Trustee on the Board of the East London Alliance (ELBA) charity, has served on the Advisory Council of Heart of the City charity, Chair of the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Task Force of Talent Innovation. Formerly, Eileen has served as a Board member of the British Bankers Association (2013-2016). She served as Interim Chair of the Trust from April until June 2020. 

In her local community, Eileen works as a volunteer with the elderly. 

 

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

 

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) (November 2018) 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).

 

 
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.

 

Richard Carr (December 2020) Non-Executive Director

For the last 26 years, Richard has been a local authority chief executive.

Richard has just stood down from the helm at Central Bedfordshire Council, a unitary authority created from the merger of a County Council and two District Councils, in October 2009. Since then, the Council has 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 has worked for seven councils throughout his career and led four as Chief Executive. He first became Chief Executive of East Cambridgeshire District Council in 1995 and then Aylesbury Vale District Council in 2000. He then took over as Chief Executive of 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. 

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair (January 2021) Non-Executive Director

Professor Dame Donna Kinnair 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 (January 2021) 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 she 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.  She 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 two cats 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.