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.
He holds Honorary Degrees or Fellowships from Liverpool University, Middlesex University, City University, University of East London and Queen Mary, University of London.
He was appointed CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2014.