Aidan White (3 year term from 2019)

Aidan is a retired journalist having worked as a reporter for 50 years. Aidan represented journalists around the world as a General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists. Aidan defended press freedom and human rights at a global level including co-operation with health care leaders at the United Nations to improve press coverage of health. Aidan is currently publisher and editor of Newham Voices, a community newspaper launched in 2020.

Hazel Thomas(3 Year Term from 2021)

Hazel has an interest and passion for contributing and supporting the health and well-being of the general public. She is now retired following many years of working as a Specialist Public Health Nurse at NELFT, ELFT and London Borough of Newham, Community Health, Children and Young People Service 0-19 in various roles. She is committed to representing the views of local people and share her experiences, knowledge and skills of working at various levels promoting good health to improve the outcome of the lives of people within the community. Hazel’s previous lead roles included the following, Specialist Community Practice Teacher, Clinical Supervisor, Safeguarding Supervisor, Care Quality Commission, Clinical Effectiveness and Audit. Hazel aims to use her experience of working together with families, partnership working with statutory and voluntary sectors as well as her communications and listening skills with service users, the Council of Governors and its Committees to the best of her abilities to ensure that the health and wellbeing of all are improved and maintained.

Nadia Islam(3 Year Term from 2021)

Nadia has a personal and professional interest in healthcare and improving health services as a whole for the wider community, alongside strengthening and developing the link between the NHS ELFT and the community. Nadia recently graduated as a paediatric nurse. She has both an insider understanding of the workings of healthcare facilities on both a professional and a personal level. From working in various healthcare settings as a student nurse she has developed an innate understanding of what is required to ensure that service users have their needs met in a holistic, patient-centred, and confident manner, which she believes will help her champion further issues or needs of the public concerning the Trust.’

Shirley Biro (Third 3 year term from 2021)

Born in Newham, Shirley has over thirty years of connections with the local community, as a volunteer, Trustee and Chair. A keen interest in Mental Health and hearing stories from a local Community Cafe of the damaging effects of loneliness/isolation led her to compile a directory of Newham Voluntary Organisations, which is now being used by Social Prescribers. Using this experience, she has been invited to join various task groups with the Council and CCG and sends out regular updates from voluntary, health and council services to her growing collection of emails. 

Tee Fabikun (3 year term from 2019)

Tee an active Newham resident for many years has worked with others to promote the improvement of Health and Social Services.  Having survived Breast cancer, Tee is a member of the Cancer Awareness Newham and Cancer Taskforce group organised by Newham CCG. Tee is involved in ELFTs People Participation working to improve Health Services in Newham. Tee also runs a weekly Homeless support group in Newham offering food, basic everyday needs, toiletries and shower facilities for the Homeless and the Needy