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If you wish to contact one of our non-executive directors please email hrch.ned@nhs.net 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. Stephen was previously a non-executive director of NHS Richmond from April 2007. He was first appointed chair on 1 June 2010 and is serving a further term up to March 2019. 

Email: stephen.swords@nhs.net

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 and is serving a further term from 1 April 2018 to
31 March 2020.

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 extensive experience of working at a senior level with third sector organisations and has pioneered numerous enterprising initiatives to help transform disadvantaged communities in the UK and internationally. As well as attracting impact investors in the area of human and environmental rights globally, he works with grant-giving bodies to invest in people who work in care systems across sub-Saharan Africa, strengthening in-country healthcare infrastructures and improving outcomes for people who have limited or no access to healthcare services. Ajay joined the Trust in April 2011 and is serving a further term from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020.

Non executive director - Bindesh Shah

Non-Executive Director 
Bindesh Shah

Bindesh Shah is a partner in an investment management company. He has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy consulting, business development, product structuring and senior management. He is an Economics graduate of the University of Cambridge and earned an MBA from Wharton. Bindesh joined the trust in September 2015 and will serve a further term from 28 September 2018 to 27 September 2020.

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Non-Executive Director
Joanne Hay

Joanne Hay is an experienced chief executive with a background in the charity sector, civil service and local government. She is currently chief executive of Teens and Toddlers, a UK charity that helps children and young people develop the skills and self-belief they need to achieve their potential. Previous roles include head of strategy at National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC); head of commissioning, business development and strategy at Tri-Borough Children’s Services; and delivery advisor to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Joanne joined the Trust on 1 August 2017 and is serving a three-year term until 31 July 2020.

Phil Hall, Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director
Phil Hall

Phil Hall is the owner of a management consultancy company responsible for providing constructive challenge, insightful advice and coaching support to senior managers in a range of organisations across the public and private sectors. Phil has significant board-level and senior management experience within complex public sector organisations. Previous roles include executive director of finance and resources for a local authority. Phil has also served as member of the Independent Audit Committee for the Wiltshire Police & Crime Commissioner. Phil was appointed in August 2017 for a three-year term.

HRCH's new board Advisor, Ginny Colwell

Board Advisor 
Ginny Colwell
(non-voting board member) 

Ginny is an experienced healthcare professional with experience in the public, private and charity sectors. Having begun her career as a staff nurse, she has worked at director level since 1997 – first as an executive director of nursing at Royal Surrey County Hospital, and since 2007 as a non-executive director, previously at Surrey Central Health and now at the Queen Victoria East Grinstead. Ginny was also previously deputy director of nursing at Great Ormond Street, where she spent the majority of her clinical career. Ginny provides clinical challenge and expertise to the trust’s board of directors - supporting and shaping organisational vision and strategy, and achieving a balance of board level skills.

Patricia Wright - formal portrait

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.

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Medical Director
Dr John Omany

Dr John Omany, FRCP, MBCHB, MSc, DipPallMed, DMRT joined HRCH on 1 May 2018. Formerly the medical director at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, John has a wealth of experience in the health service, having previously worked as a medical director in primary care trusts and at NHS England.

John is a practicing consultant in palliative medicine with experience of working in the voluntary sector, community and secondary care. He brings experience of working with community services and a good working knowledge of the relationship between acute and community services and primary care.


Alison Heeralall - January 2018

Director of Workforce 
Alison Heeralall (non-voting board member) 

Alison has responsibility for the trust’s human resources (HR) and organisational development services. She was formerly deputy director of HR at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked for more than 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 of 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. 


Donna Lamb - January 2019

Director of Nursing and Non-Medical Professionals
Donna Lamb

Donna is a senior nurse with over 30 years of experience of working in the NHS. She started her nursing career at the Royal Free Hospital in London and subsequently undertook post-registration training to become a midwife and then a health visitor.

Donna has over 20 years’ experience of working in the community - her area of clinical expertise is in health visiting where she worked in specialist projects supporting vulnerable families including homeless asylum seekers and refugees.

As well as her professional qualifications, Donna has a master’s degree in health services management and is a Florence Nightingale scholar. She is committed to high standards of professional practice and has worked with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for five years, sitting on Fitness to Practice panels.

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 formerly 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 - April 2018

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. He has a wide breath of experience, having worked in a primary care trust 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) and holds a Masters of Art (MA) in Management qualification with distinction.


Monique Carayol

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

Monique was appointed as the Director of Transformation in October 2016 having previously led the trust's programme management office.

Monique has worked in the NHS for over 15 years and has extensive experience of 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 and local authorities in north west London. 

 She has a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner.        

Non-voting attendees:

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

  • John Marshall - Healthwatch Hounslow representative
  • Paul Pegden Smith - Healthwatch Richmond representative