Marie Gabriel CBE
With over 14 years of NHS Board experience, Marie is currently the Chairperson of East London Foundation Trust, an ‘Outstanding’ provider of mental health and community health services in London, Bedfordshire and Luton. Recognised nationally for staff engagement, internationally for quality improvement and patient participation, ELFT is also working with NHS regulators and the Kings Fund to support NHS organisations to develop inclusive cultures. Prior to her current role, Marie chaired health commissioning organisations with budgets up to £3bn, (NHS East London and the City from 2011; NHS North East London and the City from 2012; and NHS Newham from 2003). Before that she was vice chair of Newham University Hospital Trust and previous to that Chair of Newham Community Health Council.
Currently, Marie also undertakes a number of wider NHS roles including chairing the NHS Workforce Race Equality Scheme Strategic Advisory Group and as a member of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council. She has also worked with the NHS Trust Development Agency and the Appointments Commission on furthering Board diversity.
Outside of the NHS, Marie took up her first Director level role at the age of 23 and subsequently worked for over 20 years in senior executive roles within local government, housing and the third sector. She now provides management consultancy for the statutory and third sectors, with a particular emphasis developing effective equality and inclusion strategies and building the capacity of diverse communities. She is also a trustee of 3 east London charities. West Ham United Foundation that aims to use sport to improve individual health, educational and personal development, Foundation for Future London, which aims to ensure an effective cultural and educational legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic games and East London Business Alliance, that brings together City and Canary wharf businesses and the communities of east London to improve outcomes for all citizens.
Marie’s contribution to the London Borough of Newham was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded Honorary Freedom of the borough and in 2012 her contribution to health was recognised through incorporation on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list.
Sam King MBE
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