31 October 2018

The Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Non-Executive Directors who joined the Trust Board on 1 November 2018 each bringing a wealth of experience to the Trust.

ELFT has eight Non-Executive directors including the Chair of the Trust. The new Non-Executive appointees will replace Millie Banerjee CBE,  Paul Hendrick and Kingsley Peter, whose tenure ended on 31 October 2018.

Aamir Ahmad has extensive commercial experience particularly in building and developing businesses, specifically in retail. He was Lloyds TSB Asian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. He has also been a youth worker and foster carer.

Anit Chandarana has a background in finance and has worked in a variety of large organisations in senior leadership roles including Network Rail, Shell Oil and Sainsburys. He was formerly also a Non-Executive Director for Permanent Way Institution and is the Trustee Chair for NR Pension Scheme.

Eileen Taylor is an experienced investment banker with 38 years of experience in global leadership roles based in the UK, US and Asia, more recently with Deutsche Bank. She also has a track record of working with her local community at a grass roots level, specifically through her role on the Board of East London Business Alliance (ELBA).

Marie Gabriel, Chair of the Trust, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Aamir, Anit and Eileen to the ELFT Board. They have already begun to work with us, before their official start date and it is obvious that they will make a valuable contribution to the Board, individually and collectively. ELFT will benefit from their experiences from other sectors and obvious enthusiasm, particularly in supporting staff, creating value and how to ensure organisations are organised the meet the needs and aspirations of those they serve.

I would like to pay tribute to our outgoing non executive directors: Kingsley Peter, Millie Bannerjee and Paul Hendrick, and thank them for their outstanding contribution to our journey. I also thank Millie for her continued support as transition to the new team"

The appointments are for three years.

The Role of Non-Executive Director
The role of a Non-Executive Director is to bring knowledge and experience from outside walks of life and to represent the voice of the public within the organisation. Non-Executives also chair committees within the Trust.

Non‐Executive Directors have a duty to uphold the highest standards of integrity and probity and to foster good relations in the boardroom. They support the Trust Chair, Chief Executive and Executive Directors in promoting the NHS Foundation Trust’s values supporting a positive culture throughout the Trust and adopting behaviours in the boardroom and elsewhere that exemplify the corporate culture.

They provide constructive challenge and ensure that appropriate challenge is made in all circumstances, help develop proposals on priorities, help develop proposals on risk mitigation, help develop proposals on values and standards and contribute to the development of the Trust.