Board members

Sian Bates - Chairman

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Sian Bates was appointed as Chairman on 1st September 2013. Mrs Bates 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. 

Mrs Bates 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.

Jo Farrar- Chief Executive

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Jo was appointed Chief Executive in September 2019. Jo joined Kingston Hospital in 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 is honoured to be appointed as Chief Executive of this fantastic hospital and looking forward to continuing to work with our partners in delivering on our shared ambition to ensure that the local population is appropriately supported and cared for. He is thrilled to be leading this great organisation and is totally committed to empowering our staff be the best they can be so that we continue to deliver outstanding services to our patients.


Mairead McCormick - Chief Operating Officer

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Mairead joined the Trust in December 2017 although she has been in the organisation previously as Head of Nursing Emergency Care followed by divisional manager of woman and child health. Prior to returning she spent time undertaking a national job with NHSE with the emergency care intensive support team. This involved improvement work in urgent care across whole systems throughout England. Last role before returning was as deputy chief operating officer at Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust. Mairead started her career as a nurse and has spent 30 years within the NHS. She is driven by improving outcomes for patients and working with teams to deliver transformation across health and social care.


Amira Girgis - Acting Medical Director

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Amira has worked at the Trust for 16 years as a consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care. She has been deputy medical director for over a year, and previous roles included clinical director for intensive care and clinical lead for the South London Adult Critical Care Network. Amira is also the responsible officer at Kingston Hospital which gives her responsibility for managing medical appraisal and revalidation recommendations to the General Medical Council. Amira graduated from St George's Hospital Medical School and completed Specialty Training in SE Thames School of Anaesthesia based at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals.


Sally Brittain - Director of Nursing and Quality

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Sally is a registered nurse and midwife who has undertaken various professional leadership roles within nursing and midwifery, most recently as Deputy Director of Nursing at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, and previously as Deputy Chief Nurse at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. She is also a previous Head of Midwifery and Supervisor of Midwives. She has experience of leading large-scale change and service transformation and achieved an MSc in Clinical Leadership & Health Education at Kingston University in 2014.

In her many roles Sally has been committed to making sure that all patients are at the centre of planning their care and have equal access to high quality services. She is passionate about supporting staff to develop and progress their careers.

Speaking about her appointment, Sally said: "I am delighted and proud to be joining the Trust and am looking forward to working with nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to continue the excellent programmes of work already underway to further enhance patient safety, quality and experience. I believe the role of the Director of Nursing & Quality is to empower staff at all levels to set the foundation for excellent patient care by ensuring that patients and their carers and families are safe, cared for and listened to.

Yarlini Roberts, Interim Director of Finance

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Yarlini joined Kingston Hospital in November 2019 and brings  26 years’ 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 SWL Alliance. Yarlini worked as  Director of Finance for Kingston and Richmond CCGs and has also supported the major Mental Health consultation in south west London in 2014 as Finance lead.

Kelvin Cheatle - Director of Workforce

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Kelvin 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 Mental Health Trust.

Kelvin has also worked at Capsticks Solicitors and 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.

Alex Berry - Director of Strategy and Transformation

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Alex Berry joined the Trust in October 2018. Prior to that she was Director of Transformation for Hampshire Partnership of CCGs where she focused on the integrating health and care in the community setting. Alex also led on the development of the New Care Models Programme for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP.

Alex started her career in the NHS as a management trainee and since then has worked in a variety of roles in the NHS and private sector. Over the last 10 years she has worked in a number of NHS director roles where she has led large complex change programmes.

Rita Harris - Non-Executive Director

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Rita joined the Trust in August 2016 having been Executive Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. With over 30 years’ experience in the NHS she has led and managed a variety of services in Health and Social Care at local and national levels. Rita has held a number of academic positions and is an experienced trainer in service leadership and transformation.

Rita began her career as a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist.

Sylvia Hamilton - Non-Executive Director


Sylvia Hamilton joined the Trust Board in January 2016 as a Non-Executive Director. 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 n Teddington for 35 years.   

Dr Nav Chana - Non-Executive Director

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Appointed December 2016, end of current term November 2019

Nav joined the Trust in December 2016.  He is a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been a GP 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. 


Jonathan Guppy - Non-Executive Director

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Jonathan Guppy joined the Trust Board in April 2017 as a Non-Executive Director.  He is a management consultant with many years’  experience of helping public and private sector companies to improve their performance. Previously Jonathan was a partner at KPMG where his main business focus was supporting clients in the health sector, and later he was a senior director at Monitor, the Health Regulator. Outside of his role at Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust, Jonathan provides coaching and mentoring support to senior leaders of both established and entrepreneurial companies.

Jonathan qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young in London and has a degree in Chemistry from Bristol University.

Cathy Warwick - Non-Executive Director

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In her most recent role as CEO of the Royal College of Midwives Cathy has been closely involved in the development of maternity policy, and been part of a major review of maternity services in England chaired by Baroness Cumberlege. Cathy has worked with four successive Secretaries of State for Health aiming to  influence policy on behalf of women, forging collaborative relationships with a broad range of organisations with common interests and working closely with obstetricians, gynaecologists and paediatricians and their Royal Colleges.   

Cathy is very interested in research and teaching and holds visiting professorships at King’s College London and Hong Kong University. She received honorary doctorates from the University of Dundee in 2015  and Kingston and St George’s University London in 2007.  Passionate to influence global maternity health, she has led midwifery study tours to South Africa, India and Cuba, Sri Lanka and will travel to Nepal in 2017. 

Cathy was Director of Midwifery and General Manager for Women and Children’s Services at King’s College Hospital. Whilst at Kings College she received a CBE for services to healthcare in 2006.

Cath began her career by gaining a nursing degree at Edinburgh University in 1975. She then completed the one year midwifery course at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London in 1976, and worked as a midwife across a variety of clinical settings in hospitals and in the community. She has held a number of senior posts in midwifery education and in the NHS managing midwifery and nursing services.  She has an MSc in Social Policy, an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM)  and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education of Adults.

Her work led to invitations to sit on many national maternity policy committees, and she has been a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and was Chair of the Midwifery Committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Chair of the maternity working group contributing to the Darzi report, Healthcare for London.

She has also written and published widely on midwifery issues and lectures and speaks nationally and internationally.  

Damien Regent - Non-Executive Director

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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. At Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), he is vice-chair of the UK board and he chairs or is a member of UK and international audit/finance committees. He chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk committee at Crisis, the homelessness charity, and has a similar role at Pro Bono Economics, a charity consultancy. He was previously on the board of software businesses.

Susan Simpson - Director of Corporate Governance

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Susan joined the Trust in April 2015 after 20 years in  governance roles in Education. Prior to moving to Kingston to take up her current position, Susan was advisor to the Board of Governors at Sparsholt College Hampshire, one of the UK's leading specialist Further Education colleges. Susan supported the College Board through a successful merger in 2007 and achievement of Ofsted 'outstanding' for governance in 2014. Concurrently, Susan also held positions as National Subject Specialist for Further Education Governance, Associate Tutor for Hampshire Governor Services and Lay Advisor for NHS Health Education Wessex. Susan graduated from Durham University and was the Support Staff Training Manager for Coopers & Lybrand before moving into public sector governance.


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Register of Interests - April 2018

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