Stephen O'Brien CBE

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In addition to his role as Chairman of Barts Health NHS Trust, Sir Stephen is currently President of Proshanti, a new charity promoting the construction of a health centre in Bangladesh and is Chair of International Health Partners, Unitas Communications and Deputy Chairman of Woods River Cruises and Water City Developments. Additionally, Stephen is a Trustee of the High Street Fund, Mayor's Fund for London, Barts and The London Charity and The Sports and Health Partnership. Previously, Sir Stephen was Chair of the legacy Barts and The London NHS Trust since March 2010 and a former Chairman of London First, the influential business campaign group which works to support and shape London’s future."[1]

"Stephen's career has been in the financial sector. His posts include Chair of Charles Fulton Holdings, Director of Jessel Toynbee and Co, Non-Exec Director of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, and founding CEO of Business in the Community. He was Joint President, Chair, and founding CEO of London First. Stephen is Chair or Director of numerous Trusts and Councils, Chair of Governors of the University of East London and an ordained deacon in the Church of England. Married with 4 children and three stepchildren, Stephen is actively involved in his community through membership of several Trusts, including the Immigrants Aid Trust and the Advisory Council for the Prince's Trusts. His interests include classical music, carrying his wife's harp, gardening, cooking and needlepoint."[2]

"Stephen O’Brien is Chairman of NHS Tower Hamlets, International Health Partners, East London Bond and Deputy Chairman of Woods River Cruises and Water City Development. He is also Vice-President of Business in the Community, Trustee/Director of the International Business Leaders' Forum, Tomorrow's People, Place2Be, Teach First, St Martin-in-the Fields Development Trust and Citizens Organising Foundation.

"Previously Stephen was Chairman of the London Regional Council of the Prince’s Trust, London First, Charles Fulton Holdings – International Currency Brokers, Vice-Chairman of Think London and one of the convenors of the RSA Illegal Drugs Commission.

"Stephen’s passion is for sustaining and renovating community life in urban areas, particularly when it relates to disadvantaged individuals and communities. This passion has led to an ongoing dedication to engaging and persuading businesses to join the community of corporate citizens."[3]


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  1. Barts Health Board, organizational web page, accessed December 28, 2014.
  2. International Health Partners Board, organizational web page, accessed February 24, 2012.
  3. Mayor's Fund for London Trustees, organizational web page, accessed October 9, 2013.