Non-executive directors​


​Marie Gabriel CBE, Chair

I was Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) ​​- which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC and was the HSJ’s ‘Trust of the Year’ in 2016 - from October 2012 until 2020, when I stepped down to take up my new role as Independent Chair of the emerging north east London Integrated Care System (ICS) part of the  East London Health and Care Partnership. 

Before being Chair of ELFT, I was Chair of a variety of health organisations, including NHS East London and the City, North East London and the City, NHS Newham and Newham Community Health Council. 

I was recognised on the HSJ’s inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list and made a CBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2017.​ 

I lead the NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO), which has been tasked with identifying and tackling the specific health challenges facing people from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds in England today. In addition I hold a number of strategic NHS roles including my position as Chair of the NHS WRES Strategic Advisory Group and as Board Member of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, NHS Policy Board and the NHS People Plan Advisory Group.

It is a huge honour to be Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and I truly look forward to continuing to work with staff, service users, carers, partners and Board colleagues, building on what the Trust does well and drawing on ELFT’s successful improvement experience.

Tim Newcomb, Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair​ 

I joined the Trust in September 2014 after a 30-year career in the police service. As Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk Constabulary, I led a number of high profile projects including a regional group responding to mental health challenges in communities. I'm excited about bringing my police experience of working in partnership in the mental health arena in order that we can maximise the efficiency of the service provided by the Trust.

I will ensure that the Trust maintains a relentless focus on quality of service to patients and carers, in particular being certain that feedback in respect of their issues and concerns is acted upon.

I'm looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to increase the confidence of local communities in this important section of the NHS which plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of us all.

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​Adrian Matthews, Non-Executive Director

I am a management consultant with a wealth of NHS and both public and private sector experience and joined the Trust on 1 September after taking early retirement from the East of England Ambulance Service, where I spent 23 years fulfilling a variety of director and senior management posts in finance, operations, strategy and commissioning. 

I'm a qualified accountant and also hold a post-graduate diploma in Board Direction from the Institute of Directors and works as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Comission (CQC), assisting during inspections of ambulance trusts across the country.
I plan to use my experience in my role at NSFT.

Ken Applegate, Non-Executive Director

I bring with me extensive NHS experience, having served as Chair of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and as a NED with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust. I've previously worked at a Board level with Norwich Union Insurance, and was also Managing Director of Hill House Hammond.

I'm really pleased to become a Board member and look forward to working with the Trust. Hopefully my recent wider NHS experience will be of value as the organisation addresses the challenges ahead.

Pip Coker, Non-Executive Director

I've spent 10 years as Chief Executive of Julian Support, and have also worked in the Probation Service, latterly in Norfolk as Assistant Chief Probation Officer. I'm also a former Chair of the Mental Health Provider Forum, a member of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board and a Partner Governor at NSFT.

I'm really excited to be joining the Board of NSFT at this time. I hope my interest in leading cultural change and commitment to putting individuals at the heart of service provision will bring an important dimension to driving further improvements.


Tricia Fuller MBE, Non-Executive Director 

I am a seasoned HR professional with extensive experience in organisational design and change management, and most recently worked as HR Director with the Norse Group. 

I am passionate about making a difference within the community, and have spearheaded various initiatives to help individuals reach their potential. These include a project supporting young people with learning difficulties to transition from education to employment, as well as schemes to support ex-offenders, veterans, the long-term unemployed and people with mental health issues to get back to work.

My work was recognised nationally when I was appointed as the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the East of England in 2008, and again in 2017 when I was made an MBE for services to the community.

I joined NSFT in October 2019 and am pleased to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to benefit the Trust and work with colleagues to help drive further improvements for the benefit of service users.


​Katy Steward, Non-Executive Director

I joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in October 2019 after spending more than 10 years working in health regulation at Monitor and with the Kings Fund, an independent health thinktank. At both, I led on the policy and practice of governance, health leadership and health culture. I have also worked in quality improvement, and have experience in creating healthier workplaces in complex organisations. 

I am a Non-Executive Board member with Oxfam GB and a former Board member of child and maternal health charity Amref. 

I’m really pleased to be able to contribute to NSFT and hope my experience of working with other NHS Trusts and non-NHS organisations to change culture will bring an extra dimension to the Board and help strengthen performance and care for service users, carers and staff.

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Lindsey Hoy, Non-Executive Director

Lindsey joined the Trust in July 2020, bringing with her 20 years’ experience of working in the insurance and finance industries. She has been with AXA since 2007 and Head of Audit at AXA Insurance since 2019. 

Lindsey is passionate about making sure people have good access to excellent mental health services after her family experienced difficulties. The teams who supported them – which included staff from NSFT – did an amazing job, both during their initial recovery and while helping them to develop ongoing regimes to maintain good mental health. 

She is really looking forward to getting to know the Trust’s amazing staff and seeing how the services they deliver work first-hand and is really keen to do what she can to help NSFT as it supports people to live their hopes, dreams and aspirations. 

Outside of work, Lindsey is a martial arts black belt and enjoys arranging walks in the Suffolk countryside for her two cockapoos and local dog group.