New NEDs in Common appointed to Kingston Hospital and HRCH

18 April 2023

Two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) in Common – Prof. Durka Dougall and Richard Guest – have been appointed at Kingston Hospital and HRCH and joined us on 1 April 2023.

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, Chair in Common of Kingston Hospital and HRCH, said: “We are delighted to have appointed two exceptional people to become NEDs in Common across both Boards. Prof. Durka Dougall will lead on the newly created role promoting stronger relationships with primary healthcare partners and addressing health inequalities. Richard Guest brings substantial knowledge of financial issues at a strategic level to steer us through the sustainability challenges ahead. Both will contribute to ever stronger Boards, working together to forge pathways for our local communities that will enhance quality of care and improve access and patient experience.”

Prof. Durka Dougall has been appointed as NED in Common with a focus on primary health care and Richard Guest will Chair the Finance Committee in Common.

Durka Dougall (nee: Sankararajah) is a medical consultant and a public health specialist who has worked in the NHS for over 25 years across a variety of roles. She has worked at The King’s Fund since 2017, leading efforts to help improve population health through support for individuals, organisations, and systems across the UK. She has worked with primary care networks, acute and community trust boards, integrated care systems, place-based partnerships, national organisations and international systems. Durka has led work on transformation change in health and care, the development of a framework to support Allied Health Professionals to tackle health inequalities and is regularly invited to speak or contribute to this area.

Durka holds specialist qualifications in health care leadership, public health and clinical medicine, and is a professor of public health and population health part-time across two universities, supporting workforce development and improved practice.

Richard Guest is 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. Richard is also a Trustee of Pathway, a charity which works with the NHS to improve healthcare for homeless and other socially excluded people.

Richard is a qualified accountant and has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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