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.

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs - Chair

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs headshot.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.

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

Bindesh ShahBindesh 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, his current term has been extended until 30 September 2022. 

Phil Hall – Non-executive director

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

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

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.

Dr Nav Chana, MBE - Non-executive director

Dr Nav Chana - NEDNav joined the Trust in 2022 as a non-executive director in common with Kingston Hospital.

He is a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has worked for 25 years. As Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care, he has co-led the development of the ‘primary care home’ model which is one of the new care model programmes endorsed by NHS England.

He has had a varied career in healthcare education. Most recently he is the Clinical Adviser for the workforce stream of NHS England’s New Care Models Programme and continues as an Adviser to Health Education England (South London).

He was previously a Director of Education Quality (DEQ) for Health Education South London, and prior to that the Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community Based Education from 2010.

Dr Masood Ahmed - Associated non-executive director

Masood Ahmed web.jpgDr 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 

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

Jo Farrar

Jo was appointed Chief Executive at HRCH on 17 December 2021, having been Interim CEO since 1 April 2021.

He is also the Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - a position he has held since September 2019.

Jo was previously Director of Finance from April 2015 and Interim Chief Executive from 1st April 2019.

Jo joined the Kingston in April 2015 from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he had been the Director of Finance since March 2010.

Previously he was the Interim Director of Finance at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, acting Chief Executive of NHS London’s Provider Agency, and Head of Compliance at Monitor.

Jo trained as a chartered accountant at KPMG where he gained experience of a number of mergers and acquisitions and as a senior member of the Transaction Services Team.

Thom Lafferty - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy

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.

David Hawkins – Director of Corporate Infrastructure and Integration

David Hawkins web.jpgDavid took up his current post in April 2022. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive and 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 Bill Oldfield – Chief Medical Officer

Bill Oldfield - web.jpgBill 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

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

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.

Stephen Hall – Director of Performance and Planning

Stephen_Hall_-_March_2022_web.jpgStephen joined the trust in January 2017 and has over 20 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.

Kelvin Cheatle – Chief People Officer

Kelvin Cheatle web.pngKelvin 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

Yarlini Roberts web.jpgYarlini 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

Biography to follow

Tara Ferguson Jones - Director of Communications

Biography to follow

Sam Armstrong - Director of Corporate Affairs

Sam Armstrong web.jpgSam has worked in senior governance roles in the NHS for the past 12 years. He was previously Trust Secretary of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust where he worked for the last year on the legal transaction merging the Trust with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Sam commenced his NHS career as Trust Secretary of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and subsequently Company Secretary of Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and later Company Secretary of Barking, Having and Redbridge University Hospital Trust.

He has also worked in similar roles in an interim capacity at hospital trusts across the country. Sam is a graduate of the Nye Bevan Programme at the NHS Leadership Academy, and has an MBA and qualifications in psychology.

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

Changes during the Covid-19 pandemic

During the Covid-19 restrictions, our board meetings will be 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

In 2021, our annual general meeting (AGM) was held virtually to protect staff and members of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the public were invited to attend via Microsoft Teams and were able to ask questions.

You can watch a recording of the meeting below.

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

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:

  • 26 October 2022
  • 25 January 2023
  • 29 March 2023
  • 24 May 2023
  • 26 July 2023
  • 27 September 2023
  • 29 November 2023
  • 31 January 2024
  • 20 March 2024

If you would like to join a meeting, please email

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