13 March 2018
ELFT CEO Dr Navina Evans has been named as the second most influential NHS Chief Executive in the country. She is named amongst three female CEO's that are leading this year’s HSJ top 50 trust chief executive list.  Navina is described as ‘the sector’s most admired chief executive' and 'a tribute to East London’s steady improvement on the back of its outstanding CQC rating’.  Under Dr Evans leadership the trust has gained commissioning responsibility, entered a buddying arrangement with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, and most recently won a £39m community services contract in Bedfordshire.  
The judges were 'most impressed by Dr Evans’ commitment to staff wellbeing, championing diversity, service development and her personal example as one of the NHS’s very senior leaders from an ethnic minority background’.  
Marianne Griffiths from Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust took the top spot, followed by Dr Navina Evans in second place. Sarah-Jane Marsh from Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital FT was placed third. 
To view the full list visit www.hsj.co.uk 
‘I am proud to be placed amongst two other female NHS leaders as one of the three most influential NHS CEOs in country.  This achievement is a reflection of every single member of staff who has played a part in helping the Trust to become one of the best mental health and community trusts in the country. I hope that together we can continue to make huge strides by continuously looking at ways to improve our quality of life for everyone we serve.’