Our Non-Executive Directors

Our Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) constructively challenge the executive directors on the Trust’s strategy. Along with the executive directors, they are accountable for the Trust's performance.

Marie Gabriel CBE, Trust Chair

Marie Gabriel

When I joined NSFT I was also Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)​ from 2012 until 2020. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated ELFT as ‘outstanding’. In 2020, I stepped down from ELFT to be Independent Chair of the North East London Integrated Care System. . 

Before being Chair of ELFT, I was Chair of a variety of health organisations. These included NHS East London and the City, North East London and the City, NHS Newham and Newham Community Health Council. I have also been Vice-Chair at Newham University Hospital Trust.

My career was within the voluntary sector and local authorities. It focused on regeneration, commissioning and social justice. I am still involved in the voluntary sector as a Trustee of two charities.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) included me in its inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list and in its 2020 list of the 80 most influential people in the NHS. I was made a CBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2018.​ 

I chair the NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO). This identifies and tackles the health challenges facing people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. I also hold several strategic NHS roles. These include: 

  • Member of the National People Board 
  • Board Member of the NHS Confederation
  • Member of the National Equality Advisory Group

It is a huge honour to be Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. I have found the role extremely rewarding since joining in 2019.

I look forward to continuing to work with service users, carers, staff, Governors, partners and Board colleagues to continuously improve. We will build on what the Trust does well and work with partners to deliver integrated services.

Tim Newcomb, Vice-Chair

Tim Newcomb, 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 many high-profile projects. These included a regional group responding to mental health challenges in communities. I'm excited about bringing my police experience of mental health to the Trust, so we can make the service it provides as efficient as possible.

I will ensure that the Trust focuses on quality of service to patients and carers. I am keen to ensure that the Trust acts upon their feedback.

I continue to work with the Board to increase local communities' confidence in mental health services. These services play a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of us all.

Adrian Matthews

Non-Executive Director Adrian Matthews I am a management consultant with a wealth of NHS and both public and private sector experience. I joined NSFT after taking early retirement from the East of England Ambulance Service. There I spent 23 years in director and senior management posts in finance, operations, strategy and commissioning. 

I am a qualified accountant and have a post-graduate diploma in Board Direction from the Institute of Directors. As a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), I help during inspections of ambulance trusts across the country.




Katy Steward

Non-Executive Director Katy Steward I joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in October 2019. This was after more than 10 years 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 worked in quality improvement and have experience in creating healthier workplaces. 

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

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

Ken Applegate


Non-Executive Director Ken Applegate I bring extensive NHS experience to my role. I have served as Chair of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. I have also served as a NED with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust. 
I previously worked at a Board level with Norwich Union Insurance, and was Managing Director of Hill House Hammond.

I enjoy working with the Trust and using my wider NHS experience to help it address the challenges ahead.



Lindsey Hoy

Non-Executive Director Lindsey HoyI joined the Trust in July 2020, bringing 20 years of experience in the insurance and finance industries. I have been with AXA since 2007 and Head of Audit at AXA Insurance since 2019. 

I am passionate about making sure people have good access to excellent mental health services. This follows a family experience. The teams who supported them – which included staff from NSFT – did an amazing job. 

I am keen to do what I can to help the Trust support people to live their dreams and aspirations. 

I am a martial arts black belt and enjoy arranging walks in the Suffolk countryside for my local dog group.


Pip Coker, Vice Chair for Norfolk

A portrait photo of Pip Coker

I spent 10 years as Chief Executive of Julian Support, a Third Sector Mental Health Provider. I also worked as a Probation Officer for 26 years. My post was Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Norfolk when I left. I was a Chair of the Mental Health Provider Forum and a Partner Governor at NSFT.

I am committed to putting people who use services at the heart of decision-making. I believe that by increasing the participation of friends, families and the local community in our Trust’s work, we will achieve more meaningful and sustainable improvement.



Tricia Fuller MBE

Non-Executive Director Tricia Fuller MBE I am a Human Resources professional with experience in designing organisations and managing change. Most recently, I worked as HR Director with the Norse Group. 

I am passionate about making a difference within the community. I have spearheaded initiatives to help people reach their potential. These include a project to support young people with learning difficulties go from education to employment.  Other schemes supported people to get back into work. These included:

  • ex-offenders
  • veterans
  • people who are still unemployed after a long time
  • people with mental health issues

In recognition of my work, I became the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the East of England in 2008. I was then made an MBE for services to the community in 2017.

I joined NSFT in October 2019 and am pleased to be able to use my skills and experience to benefit the Trust. I enjoy working with colleagues to help drive further improvements for service users.

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