03 June 2020

Mark Lam has officially started as the new chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT).

Mark formally joined the Trust on Monday (June 1, 2020) and succeeds Marie Gabriel CBE who was chair of ELFT for eight years.

Marie remains involved in the area as independent chair of the emerging north east London Integrated Care System (ICS), part of the East London Health and Care Partnership. Marie stood down from ELFT to ensure independence in her new role.

Mark is also chair of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEH) and will continue in that position with the two roles being entirely separate. Mark is fully committed to both roles and will divide his time between them as is normal for chair appointments in trusts such as these.

“I am incredibly proud to have been chosen as the new chair for ELFT and am committed to further embedding a collaborative approach to delivering the Trust strategy of improving the quality of life for all we serve,” said Mark.

“ELFT has achieved great things by ensuring colleagues, service users and partners all have a voice and opportunities to shape our work – and that will remain a priority.”

He added: “I would also like to state my thanks and incredible respect for Marie Gabriel for her work as chair over the last eight years and my gratitude to Eileen Taylor for her excellent work as interim chair.

Mark has chaired BEH since October 2018. He is an experienced board director and digital technologist with global experience in both private and public sectors. Mark is a non-executive director on the board of Social Work England, the national regulator for social workers. He has previously held a variety of board positions in public healthcare and was a trustee of the University of Essex.