Trust Board members


In April 2022, we formed a formal partnership with Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH). We have indicated below which members have voting rights on the Kingston Hospital Board, and also on the HRCH Board, where applicable.

Our Board of Directors

Phil Hall

Chair in Common

Phil 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

Acting Deputy Chair in Common (voting member on both Trust Boards)

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.

Zaheer Ahmad MBE

Associate Non-Executive Director in Common

Zaheer Ahmad MBE was appointed in March 2023 as Associate NED (in common with HRCH) 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.

Dr Masood Ahmed

Associate Non-Executive Director in Common

Dr Masood Ahmed was appointed in February 2023 as Associate NED (in common with HRCH) 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.

Debbie Alder

Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director in Common (voting member on both Trust Boards)

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.

Surinder Birdi

Non-Executive Director in Common (voting member on both Trust Boards)

Surinder 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.

Richard Guest

Non-Executive Director in Common (voting member on both Trust Boards)

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.

Damien Régent

Non-Executive Director at Kingston Hospital (voting member on Kingston Hospital Board)

Damien joined the Trust in October 2019 and chairs the Audit Committee.

He works at board level with multiple organisations across sectors. His specific expertise is in finance and risk oversight. He is a financial analyst by background and spent a number of years as a credit and risk analyst in the financial services industry.

Damien has audit committee responsibilities on the board of several organisations. He chairs the audit committee at two large housing associations, Longhurst and Southern Housing. Previously, he had similar responsibilities in various charities including MSF, the humanitarian medical aid organisation. He also sat on the board of high-growth internet businesses.

Jo Farrar

Chief Executive in Common (voting member on both Trust Boards)

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 last year, is also the NHS executive lead for the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond, within the SWL 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, NHS London’s Provider Agency and 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 (voting member on Kingston Hospital Board)

Thom joined the team as Deputy Chief Executive across Kingston Hospital and HRCH in November 2022.

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.

Tracey Moore

Chief Operating Officer - acute

Tracey was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Kingston Hospital in 2022, having previously been the deputy Chief Operating Officer. Tracey has over 35 years of experience as an operational leader in the NHS. Before joining Kingston Hospital in 1991, Tracey worked in a general managerial capacity in a number of tertiary hospitals in London including St. George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and what was Guy’s Hospital.

In a long career at Kingston Hospital, Tracey has led multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of service improvement projects, capital developments and achievement of key national performance targets. As Chief Operating Officer, Tracey leads the two clinical divisions of unplanned and planned care and works closely with colleagues in the local authorities, community Trusts and other acute Trusts in London.

Anne Stratton

Chief Operating Officer - community (voting member on HRCH Trust Board)

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.

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.

Bill Oldfield

Chief Medical Officer (voting member on both Trust Boards)

Bill 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.

Yarlini Roberts

Chief Finance Officer (voting member on both Trust Boards)

Yarlini joined Kingston Hospital in November 2019 and 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.

Rachel Stanfield

Chief People Officer (voting member on Kingston Hospital Board)

Rachel 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 and Deputy Chief People Officer and subsequently a voting member of the Board as Joint and Acting Chief People Officer. She has previously held a series of senior people leadership roles, including Deputy Director of People and 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.

Tara Ferguson Jones

Director of Communications

Tara 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 (ICB) 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.


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