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. 

Phil Hall – Chair in Common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Phil HallPhil was appointed as Chair in Common across HRCH and Kingston Hospital in April 2024.

He has been a non-executive director at HRCH since 2017, and Deputy Chair since 2022. Appointed as an associate non-executive director at Kingston Hospital in 2023, he subsequently became Acting Chair in Common in December 2023.

Phil’s experience of working in both community and hospital services means he is well placed to support the integration our services and support us to work more closely with our partners in primary and social care, mental health, and with voluntary sector services.

Outside of his NHS role, Phil offers consultancy 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 and has also served as Chair of the Independent Audit Committee for the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Prof Durka Dougall - Deputy Chair in Common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Durka Dougall

Durka Dougall (nee Sankararajah) has been working as a non-executive director across both our organisations since April 2023, and Acting Deputy Chair in Common from January 2024.

She is a medical consultant and public health specialist who has been working in the NHS for over 25 years. She is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Population Health, the Chair of the national Health Creation Alliance, and an Honorary Professor in Public Health and Population Health supporting two global universities.

She has been supporting the development of NHS Provider Trust and ICB Boards nationally for the last 10 years. 

Durka is a nationally recognised health and care leader who has been involved in a variety of roles addressing population health and tackling health inequalities across the UK and beyond.

She 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.

Richard Guest - Non-executive director in common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Richard Guest

Richard Guest was appointed in April 2023 as a non-executive director and chairs the Finance Committee in Common.

He is a qualified accountant, and 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.

In addition to his NHS NED role, Richard is a trustee of the homeless and inclusion health charity Pathway, and he also works as a management consultant providing advice to the NHS.

Debbie Alder - Senior Independent Director (Non-executive Director)

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Debbie Alder web.pngDebbie Alder was appointed in October 2023 as a Non-Executive Director in Common across HRCH and Kington Hospital.

Debbie is currently Director General Corporate Transformation in the Department for Work and Pensions – a role she was appointed to in August 2023.

Before taking on this role, Debbie was Director General People, Capability and Place since 2020, having first joined the Executive Team in the Department for Work and Pensions as Director General of Human Resources in January 2014.

Debbie began her career in the private sector in HR, with 21 years of experience across retail, manufacturing and consultancy in the UK, Europe and North America. Starting in Marks and Spencer, she then moved to Ford Motor Company before working in consultancy. Debbie joined the Civil Service in 2009 and has been Group HR Director for Defra and Group HR Director for Ministry of Justice.  

She was invited to become a Chartered Companion of The Institute of Personnel and Development in 2019 having previously led the HR professional development across the Civil Service, chairing the Civil Service HR Capability Board for 5 years.

Debbie is a Steering Group member of the Movement to Work charity and has previously been a Trustee of the Whitehall and Industry Group.  

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.

Surinder Birdi - Non-executive director in common

Voting member on both Trust Boards

Surinder Birdi web.jpgSurinder Birdi is currently HR Director, Manufacturing and Employee Relations, Ford Britain – a role which he has held since April 2021. He is an experienced leader who has held positions in automotive, public sector and regulated financial organisations bringing employee relations, talent management, organisational design, HR business partnering and diversity skills and experience.

Surinder also has board level experience in commercial and not-for-profit sectors and is currently a Director at Ford Halewood Transmissions Ltd and a Member of the Appointments Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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 is Chief Nurse across HRCH and Kingston Hospital, and is also the Lead Nurse for cancer care in South West London.

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.

She is also the Baby Friendly Guardian (as part of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative) at Kingston Hospital, is the Board Maternity Safety Champion, and is the Domestic Abuse and Violence Lead for Kingston Hospital and HRCH.

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.

Rachel Stanfield – Chief People Officer

Rachel Stanfield - Chief People OfficerRachel took up post as Chief People Officer in January 2024. Prior to that she spent four years at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she was Director of Workforce & Deputy Chief People Officer, and subsequently a voting member of the Board as Joint & Acting Chief People Officer.

She has previously held a series of senior people leadership roles, including Deputy Director of People & OD. 

Rachel has over 25 years healthcare experience. She has worked in a range of operational management, project and leadership roles as well as provided strategic consultancy at Board level and internationally.   
Rachel has won multiple national awards for her work in areas including HR innovation, people strategy, and partnership working.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified ILM Level 7 Executive Coach.  

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

Committee in Common chart


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:

  • 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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