Marie Gabriel CBE (October 2012) Trust Chair

Marie has spent her working life dedicated to public service both within local Government and the third sector.

She has been a NHS Non-Executive chair for over 20 years and for most of the time as a Chair. (Chair of NHS Newham from 2003 to 2011, later becoming Chair of NHS East London and the City from March 2011 to March 2012 and then Chair for North East London and the City until October 2012) Prior to this, she was Vice Chairperson of Newham University Hospital Trust and Chairperson of Newham Community Health Council.

She was awarded Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Newham in 2010 and recognised in the Health Services inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list in 2012. She is the Chair of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Strategic Advisory Group, and a member of the NHS Equality & Diversity Council. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019.

Marie is also Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust and in addition holds a range of national Board positions including as a member of NHS Employers Policy Board, Chair of the WRES Strategic Advisory Group and a member of the Mental Health Network Board.


Qualifications: BA (Hons) DMS


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 


Robert Taylor (October 2013) Non-Executive Director

Robert has versatile experience developed through many different leadership roles, he has held previous positions such as former Chief Executive of Kleinwort Benson Bank, Chair of the University for Creative Arts in Kent and Surry, Board member (formerly Chair) at the Whitechapel Gallery in east London, Non-Executive Director of Truman’s Brewery and Head of Wealth Management & Private Banking Supervision at the Financial Conduct Authority.

He is an investor and advisor to companies involved in virtual data storage, online therapies, online investment management, multi-media publishing and digital gaming technology.

He is also a renown public speaker at financial services conferences as well as an outspoken supporter of LGBT career opportunities in the City.

Qualifications: MSJ Columbia University


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 Director of Business Planning & Strategy, 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).


Eileen Taylor (1 November 2018) Non-Executive Director

Eileen is a veteran investment banker retaining 38 years of experience within global leadership roles based in Asia, US and the UK, she has held a range of senior roles in Deutshe Bank over 30 years including Global Head of Regulatory management, CEO of DB UK Bank Ltd, COO of Global Markets Europe, COO of Global Foreign Exchange and COO of the Institutional Client Group.

She has also Chaired the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board and the Co-Chair of the Task Force of Talent Innovation. Eileen Taylor is now 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).

She also Volunteers with the elderly within her local community.