Chief People Officer appointed for Kingston Hospital and HRCH

2 August 2023

After 27 years as a Director of Workforce in the NHS – with seven of those years at Kingston Hospital, and almost two years at HRCH – Kelvin Cheatle will be stepping down from his role as Chief People Officer at the end of this year, to allow him to pursue other work interests.

Following a formal recruitment and selection process, Rachel Stanfield has been appointed as Chief People Officer for Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH).

Rachel is a highly experienced and award-winning NHS HR and organisational development (OD) professional. She has been at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2019, where she has held the roles of Acting and Joint Chief People Officer and Director of Workforce and Deputy 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 of healthcare experience gained in a range of strategic and operational management and leadership roles, as well as strategic consultancy and project management.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is a qualified Executive Coach. As well as a first class History degree from the University of Sheffield, she has a master’s degree in health services research and a diploma in Organisational Development and Change Management with Distinction.

Rachel will join Kingston Hospital and HRCH at the start of January.

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