Maria Kane, the Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, received her OBE at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 5 December.
The award, which has been given for services to healthcare, recognises Maria’s extensive contribution to health and care services particularly in north London over nearly more than two decades.
Upon receiving her award, Maria said: “I’m incredibly humbled to have received this award and am accepting it on behalf of every single member of our local NHS, without whom none of the care and services in Enfield and Haringey would happen.
“While going to the Palace to accept the award was of course a privilege, it is nothing compared to the privilege I have every day of working with so many talented and dedicated health and care staff, as well as partners across the public and voluntary sector, in and across north London.”
Cedi Frederick, Chair of North Middlesex University Hospital said: “On behalf of North Middlesex, I wish to congratulate Maria on this fantastic achievement. Being awarded her OBE, Maria has shown a considerable level of dedication and commitment to the NHS and to North Middlesex Hospital, including the staff and the community it services.
“I know Maria will continue to take Trust from strength to strength, and I look forward to being part of this exciting journey.”
Maria joined North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in December 2017, after ten years as chief executive of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, which delivers local community and mental health services to our local population.
Maria was previously responsible for strategy and planning and, latterly, corporate development, communications and public engagement at the strategic health authority in London. Before this, Maria held a variety of senior roles in corporate and strategic development for the Royal College of Midwives, Medical Protection Society and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
Maria has previously been a trustee of Open Mind, Umbrella Mental Health, Young Minds, as well as an adviser to the Lullaby Trust and a special adviser to the Care Quality Commission. She was also chair of governors of a local primary school in Tottenham for ten years.
She lives in Haringey with her teenage children. North Mid is her local hospital.