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.

Sian Bates - Chairman

Sian BatesSian Bates is Chairman in Common at HRCH and Kingston Hospital. She was Chair of NHS South West London between 2011 and March 2013 and was Chair of Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust from 2001. She has also been a governor of Richmond Adult Community College and a consultant specialising in organisational development and human resources. 

Sian started her career in the civil service and established and held executive roles with AZTEC, the Training and Enterprise Council for South West London, for 10 years.

Judith Rutherford – Non-executive director (Vice Chair)

Judith RutherfordJudith 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 2020 to 31 March 2021.

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 and will serve a further term from 28 September 2020 to 27 September 2021.

Joanne Hay – Non-executive director

Joanne HayJoanne Hay has lots of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors She is an experienced executive director with a background in the charity sector, civil service and local government. 

Currently working at the Social Business Trust, previously she was CEO at education charity Power2 and a former Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit adviser. With a background in social policy and behaviour change, Joanne has expertise in strategy, business development and driving impact with a PhD in systems ecology. Joanne was appointed in August 2018 and her term has been extended until 31 July 2021.

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 31 July 2021.

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 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. Ginny, our previous board advisor was appointed as a NED on 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022. 

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.

David Hawkins – Interim Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance

David HawkinsDavid Hawkins became Interim Deputy Chief Executive on 1 April 2021 in addition to his role as 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

John OmanyDr 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.

Nic Kane – Chief Nurse

Nic Kane - Chief Nurse - September 2021.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 – Director of Clinical Services (Hounslow and North-West London)

Anne Stratton.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 Clinical Services and Transformation (Richmond and South-West London)

Stephen HallStephen 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.

Alison Heeralall – Director of Workforce

Alison HeeralallAlison 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.


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 2020, 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.

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