Chair, North West London Local Education and Training Board
Governor of De Montfort University
Marcia Saunders joined the Board in September 2008. She is Chair of the university’s Nominations Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and a Pro Chancellor of the University, participating in key ceremonial events throughout the academic year.
A health policy analyst, Marcia was educated at universities in the USA and UK. She holds a BA in English Literature from Cornell University, an MA also in English from the University of Chicago, and an MSc in Health Policy from Bristol University. She was born in Cambridge Massachusetts and holds dual nationality.
Marcia is the Chair of the North West London Local Education and Training Board (LETB), Health Education England. Part of the new NHS architecture, LETBs are responsible for workforce planning and strategy, and for commissioning education and training for health services staff of all professions, disciplines and levels. She was formerly Chair of NHS Brent and Harrow, Vice Chair of the North West London Primary Care Trust Cluster and Chair of the North West London Health Innovation and Education Partnership Board.
She is also a performance assessor for the General Medical Council (GMC) and a member of the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)’s Independent Scientific Advisory Committee for the use of the General Practice Research Database (GPRD).
In a varied career Marcia has been a university lecturer, comprehensive school teacher, community health council chief officer, senior public relations manager, assistant director of social services and Chair of a strategic health authority. She was also a lay member of the council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain until its demise in 2010.
Marcia admires DMU – its history, achievements and aspirations – and is keen to translate her experience of trying to secure continuous improvement in public service organisations in a context of constant structural upheaval into her work as a member of the Board of Governors. Having started her career in education, she is delighted to have come full circle but with extensive and, she hopes, valuable experience to offer.