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If you wish to contact one of our non-executive directors please email NED@hrch.nhs.uk where it will be forwarded onto the relevant non-executive. 


Chairman Stephen Swords

Stephen Swords

Stephen Swords is a mechanical engineer who, over the last 25 years, has gained experience as chief executive and chairman of a range of companies and industries, generally in small and medium sized companies with high customer service requirements.  The companies he has led have been in the defence, medical, aerospace and engineering industries.  He has previous experience of serving on the boards of local health organisations and has served as a councillor both in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Luton Borough Council.  Stephen lives in Kew with his wife and two children. Stephen was previously a non-executive director of NHS Richmond from April 2007.  He was appointed chair on 1 January 2010 and reappointed for a further period of 2 years from 1 April 2013. Stephen was subsequently reappointed for a further 2 year term in March 2015 - up to March 2017. 

Email: stephen.swords@hrch.nhs.uk

Non-executive director, Judith Rutherford

Non-Executive Director
Judith Rutherford

Judith Rutherford lives in Teddington and is a management consultant. She was formerly a non executive director of Richmond PCT.  Judith has considerable experience of integrating services across organisational boundaries and delivering services to government, having been Director of the London Skills and Employment Board, chaired by the Mayor of London.  Previously she was Chief Executive at Business Link for London, the London Training and Enterprise Council and AZTEC. She was appointed as a non-executive of HRCH NHS Trust in April 2011 for a 4 year term - and reappointed for a further period of 3 years from April 2015 to April 2018.

Non-executive director, Ajay Mehta

Non-Executive Director 
Ajay Mehta

Ajay Mehta is a management consultant and founder of Ki-Rin, a social enterprise providing strategic and business development services in the voluntary and public sectors. He has over 20 years of senior experience working with third sector organisations and has pioneered numerous enterprising initiatives to help transform disadvantaged communities in the UK and internationally. As well as attracting philanthropists to high impact causes, he has interests in working with small to medium sized commercial enterprises in the area of ethical and responsible business practice. He has also served on the boards of many charitable organisations and works with NHS bodies to increase access to services. Ajay was appointed as a non-executive of HRCH NHS Trust in April 2011 for a 4 year term - and reappointed for a further period of 3 years from April 2015 to April 2018

Bindesh Shah

Non-Executive Director 
Bindesh Shah

Bindesh is a former Head of Lloyds TSB Islamic Financial Services. He has more than 10 years’ experience in strategy consulting, business development, product structuring and senior management. Bindesh lives in the borough of Hounslow and is an Economics graduate of the University of Cambridge and earned an MBA from Wharton.  Bindesh was appointed in September 2015 and his tenure runs until September 2017.

Patricia Wright

Chief Executive 
Patricia Wright

Patricia is a senior healthcare specialist with 34 years’ experience in healthcare. She began her career as a pharmacist and has worked at board level for the last 14 years – with extensive experience in the acute sector, primary care and within a large health authority in both professional and general management roles.   Patricia’s previous roles include chief executive of The Royal College of Physicians; chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust in Norfolk, and chief executive of NHS Kensington and Chelsea. 

Medical director, Rosalind Ranson

Medical Director
Dr Rosalind Ranson

Rosalind qualified as a doctor in 1988 from St George’s Hospital, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for almost 24 years and after initially working in hospital medicine, with a year spent in research, she became a General Practitioner (GP) and continues to work as a GP in London.  In addition to her work as a GP she has held local, national and public appointments.

Following a postgraduate degree in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London, Rosalind was elected by her peers as a Council Member of the General Medical Council (GMC) from 1999 - 2008. While at the GMC, she was a member of many working groups developing guidance for all doctors on standards and ethics and was chair of the working group that developed guidance for all doctors on children age 0 - 18 years.  Rosalind was appointed in 2007 by the Appointments Commission to the role of GP expert and Commissioner for the Commission on Human Medicines and she was re-appointed to this position in 2011.

Monique Carayol

Director of Transformation
Monique Carayol 
(non-voting board member) 

Having worked in the NHS for over 15 years, Monique has extensive experience in leading complex change and service redesign programmes across health and social care organisations.   She has previously worked in a number of senior commissioning and service improvement roles at local, sector and regional levels in London and formerly led a large joint commissioning portfolio for older people and vulnerable adults services across three inner London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Local Authorities in North West London. 

Monique joined the trust in April 2014 to lead the programme management office (PMO) and deliver the trust’s cost improvement programme (CIP), and was appointed as the Director of Transformation in October 2016.  She has a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner.        

Alison Heerahall, Director
Director of Workforce 
Alison Heeralall

Alison joined the trust in November 2015 – with responsibility for the trust’s human resources (HR) and organisational development services. Alison was formerly deputy director of HR at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked for over 10 years. Alison qualified in Manchester in 1988 and is a MCIPD human resources practitioner with over 25 years' experience in healthcare - including health authority, Thames Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, Department of Health, with the last 15 years spent in an acute foundation trust - principally delivering senior HR and also general management positions.

Director of finance, David Hawkins

Director of Finance and Corporate Services
David Hawkins

David is an ACCA qualified accountant with 18 years NHS experience within NHS Trusts, PCTs and community services. He was formerly deputy director of finance at NHS Richmond, and more recently interim director of finance in forming the management alliance between the community health services of Hounslow and Richmond.  David holds the following qualifications: FCCA; BA (Hons) Business Studies; Prince2. 


Director of quality and clinical excellence, Siobhan Gregory

Director of Quality and Clinical Excellence 
Siobhan Gregory

With over 32 years NHS experience, 22 of which have been in the community, Siobhan was previously director of governance and clinical practice with Ealing and Harrow community services. As a registered nurse specialising in haematology, infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS, Siobhan has extensive experience in change management, leadership initiatives, clinical governance and service redesign. As a member of the clinical leadership group with Healthcare for London and now as a member of the clinical senate for NHS England Siobhan continues to support the development of moving care closer to home.  In May 2012, Siobhan was appointed Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. Siobhan currently supports the London Clinical Strategic Network for dementia leading on an acute care work-stream.

Anne Stratton, directot of clinical services

Director of Clinical Services (Hounslow locality and North West London)
Anne Stratton

Anne was appointed Director of Clinical Services in October 2016.  She was formally associate director for adult services at the Trust.  Anne has over 29 years of experience in adult and childrens services.  She has worked within the acute sector, commissioning sector and community sectors in Birmingham, Kent, Sheffield and London.  Anne started her career as an administrative assistant and has held a number of senior general management and service improvement roles.

Stephen Hall, director of clinical services

Director of Clinical Services (Richmond locality and South West London)
Stephen Hall

Stephen joined the Trust in January 2017 and brings over 16 years’ experience of working in the NHS.  Stephen has a wide breath of experience, having worked in a Primary Care Trust (PCT) and a number of acute Trusts in senior operational and performance management roles, most recently working for Barts Health NHS Trust as the Director of Cancer Performance and Improvement.  Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) who holds a Masters of Art (MA) in Management qualification with distinction.


Non-voting attendees:

The following attend our board meetings in a non-voting capacity, to represent the community's views:

  • Sue Charteris- Healthwatch Hounslow representative
  • Paul Pegden Smith - Healthwatch Richmond representative