Trust board and leadership

The board has overall responsibility for our performance and the way we deliver healthcare, manage our finances and improve services.

The board is made up of executive and non-executive directors.

Executive directors are directly appointed by the trust and includes the chief executive, director of finance and the medical director.

Non-executive directors are appointed by NHS Improvement for the skills and experience they can bring from ‘outside’ the organisation. The board is led by a non-executive chair.

In April 2022, we formed a formal partnership with Kingston Hospital. We have indicated below which members have voting rights on the HRCH Board, and also on the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Board, where applicable. 

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs - Chair in Common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs - April 2023 - web.jpgSukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs became Chair in Common of HRCH and Kingston Hospital on 1 April 2022.
Previously, she was Vice Chair at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and led Workforce and Education for 7,000 employees.  She also Chaired the Quality and Safety Committee for the GP Care Group in Tower Hamlets - a vanguard primary care federation.

Currently, Sukhvinder is Chair of the Thames Water Customer Challenge, a Board Member of the Regulator for Social Housing and Chair of Regeneration for the London Legacy Development Corporation.
Sukhvinder is an accomplished CEO having led two high profile organisations (Barrow Cadbury and Runnymede Trust), through major change programmes and onto success in influencing government policies on inclusion, diversity and social justice. She is passionate about putting people first - staff, patients and the communities we serve.

Phil Hall – Non-executive director

Voting member on HRCH Board

Phil HallPhil 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 and Crime Commissioner. Phil was appointed in August 2018 and his term has been extended until 30 September 2022.

Ginny Colwell – Non-executive director

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Ginny ColwellGinny 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 the Queen Victoria East Grinstead.

Following her Masters of Individual and Organisational Development in 2002, Ginny also trained and works as an independent coach. Ginny was also previously deputy director of nursing at Great Ormond Street, where she spent most 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. Ginny, our previous board advisor was appointed as a NED on 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022.

Sylvia Hamilton - Non-executive director

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Sylvia Hamilton - NEDSylvia Hamilton joined the Trust Board in 2022 as a non-executive director in common with Kingston Hospital.

She is an experienced senior Human Resources (HR) professional and most recently served for nine years as Group HR Director at Grosvenor the International Property and Fund Management business. Prior to that she was an HR Director at EY the accountancy firm, where she held responsibility for graduate recruitment.

Sylvia worked at BT from graduate entry to senior HR positions and she also held operational roles in customer service and managing large groups of people. She read history at Durham and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Sylvia has lived with her family in Teddington for 35 years.

Prof Durka Dougall - Non-executive director

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Durka Dougall

Durka Dougall (nee Sankararajah) was appointed in April 2023 as a non-executive director in common with Kingston Hospital, with a focus on primary health care.

She is a medical consultant and public health specialist who has been working in the NHS for 25 years. She is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Population Health and an honorary professor in public health and population health supporting two universities.

Durka is passionate about transforming the approach of the health and care system in England so that it is more joined-up, equitable, effective in prevention as well as treatment, and focussed on enabling people to be healthy for as long as possible. 

For the past 10 years, Durka has been involved in a variety of roles addressing population health and tackling health inequalities across the UK and beyond. This includes work across primary care networks, acute and community trust boards, integrated care systems, place-based partnerships, national organisations and international systems.

Richard Guest - Non-executive director

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Richard GuestRichard Guest was appointed in April 2023 as a Non-Executive Director (in common with Kingston Hospital) and will Chair the Finance Committee in Common.

He is an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO), management consultant and Trustee with more than 20 years of experience working at Board level including being the Chief Financial Officer of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, being a Partner and leading the NHS practice at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and being a Director at Monitor.

Richard is also a Trustee of Pathway, a charity which works with the NHS to improve healthcare for homeless and other socially excluded people.

Richard is a qualified accountant and has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

Dr Masood Ahmed - Associate non-executive director

Non-voting member on both Trust Boards

Masood AhmedDr Masood Ahmed was appointed in February 2023 as Associate NED (in common with Kingston Hospital) with a focus on the Trusts’ digital agenda.

He is a respected and accomplished NHS leader with a strong focus on innovation, digital transformation, and leadership development.

With over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, he currently serves as the Chief Clinical Information Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System, where he leads the digital clinical strategy.

Masood is deeply passionate about advancing the use of technology and innovation in healthcare and has a keen interest in systems leadership, EDI, digital health, and AI. Associate NEDs are non-voting members of the Board. 

Zaheer Ahmad MBE - Associate non-executive director 

Non-voting member on both Trust Boards

Zaheer Ahmad web.jpgZaheer Ahmad MBE was appointed in February 2023 as Associate NED (in common with Kingston Hospital) with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Zaheer is Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at multinational consumer healthcare company, Haleon. Prior to this, he held positions as Head of Strategic Delivery of Diversity and Inclusion at EY, where he chaired the business's Race Working Group, and Head of the Diversity Staff Support Association at the Home Office.

He is a highly decorated former police officer, serving in various departments including Uniform Policing, Force Intelligence Bureau, and CID. He is a former member of five National Police boards including the Ministerial Progression Board and National Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Board.

Jo Farrar - Chief Executive in Common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Jo Farrar

Jo has been the Chief Executive at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2019, and was subsequently appointed as Chief Executive at HRCH in 2021. Before that Jo was Director of Finance at Kingston Hospital since 2015. 

Jo, who was listed in the Health Service Journal Top 50 NHS Trust Chief Executives in 2022, is also the NHS executive lead for the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond within the South West London Integrated Care Partnership. 

A qualified accountant, Jo has held a number of board level roles in the NHS including at the Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS London’s Provider Agency.

He was also Head of Compliance at Monitor, having spent the first 12 years of his career at KPMG.

Thom Lafferty - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy

Non-voting member on HRCH Board

Voting member on Kingston Hospital Board

Thom LaffertyThom joined HRCH and Kingston Hospital in November 2022 as Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy across both organisations.

Thom was previously Director of Strategy at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and has over 10 years’ Board experience in fields such as strategy, transformation, corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Over the last few years, Thom has led a number of system-wide transformation and organisational change programmes, including significant transactions.

Thom has a legal academic background and has spent his career to date either working for or with the NHS in a variety of different roles.

Dr Bill Oldfield – Chief Medical Officer

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Bill OldfieldBill read Pharmacology and subsequently Human and Applied Physiology at King’s College, London, before studying Medicine at St. George’s Hospital Medical School.

Following qualification, he trained in General and Respiratory Medicine in North-West London and undertook a dedicated period of research at the National Heart and Lung Institute leading to the award of a PhD Degree.

He was appointed as a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine to St. Mary’s and Royal Brompton Hospitals in 2003 with a special interest in High Dependency Medicine. He subsequently held several clinical managerial positions at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust including Chief of Service, Deputy Medical Director, and Interim Medical Director before moving to University Hospitals Bristol as Medical Director in 2018.

He returned to London in 2021 as Medical Director at Kingston Hospital and was appointed as Chief Medical Officer to Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust in 2022.

Nic Kane – Chief Nurse

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Nic_Kane_-_March_2022_web.jpgNic joined Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) in June 2021 as Interim Director of Nursing. She was appointed Chief Nurse across HRCH and Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust in August 2021.

Nic is an experienced senior nurse with extensive clinical, leadership, and operational experience.

Within her portfolio at Kingston Hospital, she has been responsible for cancer performance, safeguarding adults, quality and governance, patient experience, health and wellbeing including chaplaincy, practice development, safe staffing, volunteering, dementia and end of life care. Recently she led on the roll out of the COVID vaccination programme, lateral flow and staff COVID testing.

She has worked in a variety of nursing leadership roles in NHS trusts, including Barts Health NHS Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust.

Nic is Kingston’s clinical representative for the cancer vanguard working across SW and NW London, and she led a collaborative project with NHSE which led to introduction of the faster cancer diagnosis pilot.

Anne Stratton – Chief Operating Officer (community)

Voting member on HRCH Trust Board

Anne_Stratton_-_March_2022_web.jpgAnne 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 children’s 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 several senior general management and service improvement roles.

Kelvin Cheatle – Chief People Officer

Non-voting member on HRCH Board

Voting member on Kingston Hospital Board

Kelvin CheatleKelvin is an experienced Workforce Director having operated at Director level for over 20 years in the public, voluntary and private sectors. His career includes working in local government, at Broadmoor Hospital and West London NHS Trust.

Kelvin has also worked at Capsticks Solicitors where he established and developed their HR advisory service, leading work on complex employee relations, workforce modernisation and Speak Up initiatives. He was President of the HR Directors in the NHS Professional Association(HPMA) from 2008-10 and is a visiting fellow at University College London where he teaches strategic HR management.

Yarlini Roberts - Chief Finance Officer

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Yarlini RobertsYarlini became Chief FInance Officer across HRCH and Kingston Hospital in April 2022, having previously joined Kingston Hospital in November 2019. She brings 26 years of experience in the NHS after qualifying as a chartered certified accountant and a number of years in accounting practice.

She has held several senior roles in NHS provider and commissioning organisations in South London, including Director of Financial Strategy for the SWL CCG. Yarlini worked as Director of Finance for Kingston and Richmond CCGs and has also supported a major mental health consultation in south west London in 2014 as finance lead.

Rosalyn King - Director of Hounslow Primary Care Networks

Non-voting member on HRCH Board

Biography to follow

Tara Ferguson Jones - Director of Communications

Non-voting member on both Trust Boards

Tara Ferguson JonesTara is Director of Communications and Engagement at HRCH and Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Tara is also part of the South West London Integrated Care Board comms and engagement team, where she is the lead for the Kingston and Richmond ‘places.’ 

Tara has over 20 years of experience in a variety of communication leadership roles in local government and NHS organisations, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and West London NHS Trust. Recently, Tara has added leading on the communications and marketing for the South West London recruitment hub to her portfolio.

Non-voting attendees

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

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

The Committee in Common (CiC) is a collaborative meeting between board committees from HRCH and Kingston Hospital, with some delegated authority.

Committee in Common members

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The meeting is designed to facilitate collaborative working between the Trusts in order to improve healthcare in the hospital and community.

As the Committee in Common will be also dealing with items that the Board has done in the past, the Board felt it was appropriate and transparent to hold these meetings in public. These are different to the agendas and content of other committee meetings. 

Find out more about the CiC (includes papers and meeting recordings)

Committee in Common meeting dates and locations:

  • 26 July 2023 - St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX
  • 27 September 2023 - Seminar Room 1, Education Centre, Kingston Hospital
  • 29 November 2023 - Seminar Room 1, Education Centre, Kingston Hospital
  • 31 January 2024 - Seminar Room 1, Education Centre, Kingston Hospital
  • 20 March 2024 - Seminar Room 1, Education Centre, Kingston Hospital

If you would like to join a meeting, please email

Attending Board meetings

Our Board meetings are held on Microsoft Teams to enable public attendance. 

If you have any questions or would like the information to join a Board meeting, please email

Our Board meets in public every other month. These meetings are an opportunity for local people to find out about our performance and updates. Any member of the public is welcome to attend via Microsoft Teams.

Questions for the board

Questions for the board should be submitted by the 10am of the Monday prior to the meeting at the latest, either by email or by post.  

If you want to contact one of our non-executive directors, please email and it will be forwarded to the relevant person.

The board is supported by several committees who meet regularly to ensure that our services and systems are performing to expectations. These include:

  • Audit and risk
  • Charitable funds
  • Executive committee
  • Finance and performance
  • Nominations and remuneration
  • Quality governance
  • Richmond Community Healthcare in Partnership (RCHiP)
  • Workforce and education

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