Who We Are

Foundation for FutureLondon is led by our board of trustees, who bring their vision, passion, and decades of experience in culture, arts, science, philanthropy, and the third sector to our cause.

  • Sir William Castell LVO

    Chairman of Foundation for FutureLondon

    Bill Castell is the founding chair of the Foundation for FutureLondon; the charity that has been created to help realise the potential of Olympicopolis and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    He was Chairman of the Wellcome Trust from May 2006 and stepped down at the end of September. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare, and a Vice-Chairman and latterly non-executive director of the General Electric Company (GE). He served on the board of BP plc for six years and until April 2012 was the senior independent director. He is also Chairman of the Board of Chichester Festival Theatre.

    Bill's previous not-for-profit roles include being a council member of the UK Medical Research Council (2001-2004) and Chairman of the Prince's Trust (1998-2003). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a Trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce, a Royal Commissioner of the 1851 Commission and Founder Trustee of the High Street Fund.

  • Sir Anthony Salz

    Sir Anthony Salz is Executive Vice Chairman of Rothschild. Anthony joined Rothschild in 2006, after more than 30 years as a corporate lawyer with Freshfields, the last 10 years as the senior partner.  

    Among various roles, Anthony is Chairman of Bloomsbury Publishing plc and a Trustee of the Tate Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Scott Trust, Reprieve, Conran Foundation and the Royal Opera House.

    He also sits on the Advisory Board for Teach First’s Business Leaders Council. He was Vice Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors between 2004 and 2006 and the lead Non-Executive member of the Board of the Department for Education from 2010 to December 2012.

  • Gerry Murphy

    Gerry Murphy is Deputy Chief Executive for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).  Gerry joined LLDC in December 2014. 

    Prior to joining LLDC, Gerry was the Chief Operating Officer of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) from April 2013 up until the ODA dissolved in December 2014, overseeing the transformation of the Olympic Village into East Village (incorporating a new school, health centre, 2,818 new homes for London and public realm) and delivering the subsequent sale of East Village to legacy owners.  She joined the ODA as Head of Finance in January 2009 and became its Director of Finance in February 2011.

    Gerry was previously at the BBC, where she was Finance Director of BBC Workplace, the body responsible for managing the Corporation’s property strategy and portfolio and, prior to that, Financial Controller of BBC Television.  She joined the BBC in 1992, having trained with KPMG. 

  • Marie Gabriel

    Marie is currently Chairperson of East London NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of mental health and community health services. Prior to that she was chairperson of 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 Chairman of Newham University Hospital Trust and previous to that Chairman of Newham Community Health Council.

    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.

  • Nii Sackey

    Nii Sackey is the Chief Executive of Bigga Fish, which he founded in 1999 when he was just 21 years old. Bigga Fish is a youth music enterprise that engages young people through media, large scale events and developing youth enterprise. Nii has and continues to advise a range of individuals, institutions and bodies on youth culture, education, emerging media and entrepreneurship. Nii also sits on the board for The Mayors Culture Advisory Group and the Artichoke Trust.

  • Peter Davies

    Peter Davies is Senior Partner & Head of Developed Markets Strategy at Lansdowne Partners.

    He joined Lansdowne Partners in June 2001, he is a member of the Management Committee and is head of the Developed Markets Strategy. Prior to joining Lansdowne, Peter was a Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM, previously Mercury Asset Management). Peter joined MLIM in 1993.

  • Sir Stephen O'Brien

    Stephen has lived in East London for many years. His great passion is for building the communities of East London through the provision of good healthcare, housing, education and employment.

    Sir Stephen O’Brien CBE is Chairman of London Works and a Trustee of the Mayors Fund For London, Barts Charity and Foundation For Future London. He is a Vice President of Business in the Community and is especially interested in mental health.

    Previously Stephen was Chairman of Barts Health NHS Trust, NHS Tower Hamlets, the University of East London, International Health Partners, London First, Teach First and Charles Fulton and Co Ltd. He was the first Chief Executive of Business in the Community and supports several charities in their fundraising.

  • Steve Stride

    Steve Stride is CEO of Poplar HARCA. He has worked in the housing sector all his professional career.

    Since 1998, he has led a £1 billion regeneration programme in the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets. He manages over 9,000 homes, twelve community hubs.

    In 2013 Steve was elected Vice President of the CIH and in 2014/15 became President. Having been a member of the CIH for 34 years he was privileged to represent the sector and housing people across the UK.

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