Marie Gabriel, CBE

Marie Gabriel, CBE
Independent Chair

Marie became Chair of the North East London STP/emerging Integrated Care System (ICS) on 1 April 2020.

She has many years of NHS board experience and is the first chair of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, hosted by the NHS Confederation, which has been established to investigate the impact of race and ethnicity on people’s health.

Marie was Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) from 2012 – 2020. ELFT is an ‘Outstanding’ provider of mental health and community health services in London, Bedfordshire and Luton.

She became Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust in February 2019, and continues to work with the board, staff, people with lived experience, their carers and with partners to sustainability and rapidly improve services. 

Before this, Marie chaired health-commissioning organisations including NHS North East London and the City and Newham Primary Care Trust. She was also Vice Chair of Newham University Hospital Trust.

Marie has held a number of national strategic NHS roles including chair of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Strategic Advisory Group, and sitting on the boards of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, NHS Employers’ Policy Board and the NHS People Plan Advisory Group.

Outside of the NHS, Marie took up her first director-level role at 23 and subsequently worked for over 20 years in senior executive roles within local government, housing and the third sector. She also provided management consultancy for the public and third sectors, specialising in working with boards at times of crisis.

In her spare time, Marie is a trustee of three charities: ELBA, which works with communities and business to support social regeneration; Foundation for Future London, which is delivering the arts, culture and education legacy of the 2012 Olympics; and West Ham United Foundation, which supports education, health and inclusion.

Marie's honours include: Freedom of the London Borough of Newham; inclusion in Health Service Journal’s inaugural 'Inspirational Women' list; and receiving the Tony Cheeseman Foundation Award in recognition of her contribution to equality and the communities of east London. She was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 for services to the NHS.