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.

Judith Rutherford – Non-executive director (Vice Chair)

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.

Bindesh Shah – Non-executive director (Senior Independent Director)

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.

Joanne Hay – Non-executive director

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

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 and Crime Commissioner. Phil was appointed in August 2017 for a three-year term.

Ginny Colwell – Non-executive director

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 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.

Patricia Wright – Chief Executive

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.

David Hawkins – Director of Finance and Corporate Services

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.

Dr John Omany – Medical Director

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.

Donna Lamb – Director of Nursing and Non-Medical Professionals

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 – Director of Clinical Services (Hounslow and North-West London)

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 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.

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

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 several 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 and holds a Masters of Art (MA) in Management qualification with distinction.

Alison Heeralall – Director of Workforce

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 general management positions.

Monique Carayol – Director of Transformation

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 more than 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 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
  • Paul Pegden Smith - Healthwatch Richmond

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.

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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