Welcome to Jackie Smith as new Trust Chair and farewell to Mark Lam outgoing Chair

Date: 01 April 2021

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith formally joins Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) today as Chair, in addition to her current role of Chair at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Jackie brings with her extensive knowledge of the NHS and other organisations across North Central London and will help us continue to develop our services.

Jackie has been in public service all her working life, with senior leadership roles at the Crown Prosecution Service, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She supports numerous charities and is also a passionate runner, having completed a number of marathons! You can read more about her here.

One of Jackie’s priority will be to continue the fantastic legacy of Mark Lam, our previous Chair, to address the health inequalities we see in our area and to ensure excellent care for every single person, no matter where they live or what personal challenges they face.

Jackie says: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up this role at such a pivotal time for mental health. I’m particularly excited about helping to steer our plans to transform community mental health across north central London, with unprecedented and much-needed levels of investment now being made available.” 

Mark Lam who was appointed Chair of BEH in October 2018 left the Trust yesterday to become the new Chair of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

In the two and a half years Mark has been at BEH, we have seen many fantastic achievements, publishing our ‘Fit for the Future’ Trust Strategy, gaining a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission in 2019 and opening our brand new, state of the art, mental health inpatient building, Blossom Court, at St Ann’s Hospital last summer. During Mark’s time as Chair, BEH has become a major system player and now leads on the development of mental health across North Central London.

At a socially distanced farewell event yesterday at Trust Headquarters at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey, Natalie Fox, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, thanked Mark for his energy, passion and commitment he’s given to BEH.

  • Summary:

    Jackie Smith formally joins Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) today as Chair, in addition to her current role of Chair at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Jackie brings with her extensive knowledge of the NHS and other organisations across North Central London and will help us continue to develop our services.