15 October 2021

ELFT chair Mark Lam is to join North Middlesex University Hospital as its chair at the end of October, NHS England/NHS Improvement’s Trust Appointments Approvals Committee has announced.

In accepting the post, Mark – who is also currently chair of the Royal Free Hospital Group  – will step down from his role with ELFT.

However, Mark has committed to remaining in post until a succession plan has been determined and he will be supported in his ELFT role by his vice chair Eileen Taylor.

Mark, who succeeded Marie Gabriel CBE as ELFT chair in June 2020 said: ‘I have very much enjoyed my time with the Trust and will be sad to leave ELFT. 

‘ELFT is an extremely capable and effective Trust that lives up to its outstanding reputation with its culture of care and continuous improvement.  I am absolutely certain that this will continue.

‘The Trust also has with many wonderful staff and leaders. During my entire tenure, staff have had to battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving me inspired by their dedication and sacrifice.  As this continues to be the case, I am sure that the Trust will continue to go from strength to strength.

 ‘Meanwhile I will be around for a while longer to be make sure things are handed over effectively’.

ELFT chief executive Paul Calaminus said: ‘Mark has made a significant impact upon ELFT, and I would like to thank him for his leadership, guidance and support throughout the COVID pandemic and the challenges that this has brought.

Vice chair Eileen Taylor thanked Mark for his service, saying: ‘Mark has been a tremendous chair and has managed the Board’s affairs with wonderful good grace, charm and efficiency. The Council of Governors will now begin the immensely difficult task of filling Mark’s very capable shoes.