Board members

Sian Bates - Chairman

Sian Bates





Sian Bates, former Chair of NHS South West London, became Chairman of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 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.

Kate Grimes - Chief Executive

Kate Grimes

Kate joined Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive on 1 December 2008.  Prior to starting her career in the NHS, Kate spent a year in the Sudan teaching English after graduating in Biology.  Her first job in the NHS was as a porter, followed by various roles managing a range of clinical and non clinical services.  

After gaining a distinction in her Masters in Health Services Management, Kate specialised in service improvement and redesigning services with patients, managing a major change programme at King’s College Hospital which pioneered new techniques in service design and delivery.  

In 2002, Kate joined the South East London Strategic Health Authority as Director of Development before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2004. Kate was appointed Chief Executive of Queen Mary’s Sidcup in October 2005 and successfully managed the hospital through a challenging period, working with partners to secure its strategic future. Kate successfully led the organisation to achieving Foundation Trust status in May 2013.

Miss Jane Wilson - Medical Director

Jane Wilson

Jane was appointed Medical Director in July 2009. Jane has nearly 20 years experience at Kingston Hospital as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Jane has held a number of leadership roles within the Trust, both in clinical management roles in the Women and Child Health Division, and most recently as the Trust's Director of Education from 2002 – 2009.

Sarah Tedford - Deputy Chief Executive

Sarah Tedford

Sarah Tedford joined the Trust  in May 2011.  Sarah joined the NHS in 1985 as a student nurse and held a variety of nursing posts both in England and Scotland. She then moved into management and undertook a Masters in Health policy and Organisation and held a number of management and senior operational roles. Prior to joining Kingston Hospital, Sarah headed up the National NHS Intensive Support Team. Their role is to go into Trusts that are struggling to achieve their performance targets and help them to understand and resolve their operational difficulties.

Duncan Burton - Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Duncan Burton

Duncan Burton is the Director of Nursing & Patient Experience at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a position he has held since February 2013. Prior to joining the Trust Duncan was Deputy Chief Nurse at University College London (UCL) Hospitals and was responsible for a number of corporate and clinical services on behalf of the Chief Nurse. He held a number of posts since joining UCL Hospitals in 2002, including Modern Matron for Infection & Pathology and Divisional Senior Nurse Emergency Services, and Head of Nursing, Medicine Board. Prior to this he worked at the Royal United Hospital, Bath and trained to be a nurse in Swansea.

Duncan holds a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) degree and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Practice, and has completed the NHS London Aspiring Nurse Directors leadership programme. He is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Kingston University.

Simon Milligan - Director of Finance

Simon Milligan

Simon joined the Trust in 2011 from Commissioning Support for London (formerly Healthcare for London) where he was the senior finance lead working across London’s 31 PCTs to implement Lord Darzi’s report A Framework for Action. Before that, he worked as Director of Finance at Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust and in finance teams at Hammersmith Hospital Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, S. Durham Health Care NHS Trust and the Northern Regional Health Authority. He started his accountancy career at KPMG.

Rachel Benton - Director of Strategic Development


Rachel Benton

Rachel has worked in the NHS since 1990 in a variety of roles covering general management, strategy, planning and business development. She joined Kingston Hospital in March 2010, before which she headed up the planning and business development function for Imperial College Healthcare. Rachel is a graduate with an MSc in Health Services Management.

Terry Roberts - Director of Workforce

Terry Roberts cropped 

Prior to joining Kingston Hospital in June 2014, Terry was Associate Director of HR at Barts Health and was responsible developing and implementing the HR strategy for the merger and implementing a business focussed, leading edge HR function.  Terry has held positions as Deputy Director of HR at Barts and London Trust and Ealing Hospital and also worked at the Department of Health as a National HR Adviser for Trust Boards across the country.  Terry has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and has completed the Kings Fund Top Manager Programme.

Nicola Hunt - Director of Productivity, Innovation and Improvement

Nicola Hunt

Nicola started her career as an investment banker and joined the NHS in 2002 on the “Gateway to Leadership” programme, which brings experienced senior managers from the private sector into the NHS. She has worked in a variety of strategic and operational roles within the NHS across London. Prior to joining the Trust as Director of Productivity in February 2013, Nicola led the SWL Pathology Programme to implement a hub-and-spoke model of pathology across the sector.

Nicola undertook a Masters Degree in International Policy Studies in the US. She has lived and worked in the Middle East, and has a research interest in healthcare for refugee populations.

Deborah Lawrenson – Head of Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary

Deborah Lawrenson

Deborah joined the Trust in June 2012 and leads the Corporate Affairs function which includes Board and Corporate Support, Council of Governors, Assurance, Risk and Corporate Governance

She has worked in the public sector in senior roles in Corporate Affairs since 1997 most recently in a specialist Learning Disability Health and Social Care Trust, a Regional Development Agency, the Countryside Agency and an Acute Trust. She has led work particularly around Corporate Support and governance, Communications and Engagement.  Before moving into the public sector Deborah spent ten years working in journalism and editorial management for US publications, the New York Times and Newsweek.

Deborah has a BA Hons degree in the Performing Arts from Kent University, and post graduate qualifications from Kent in Health and Social Care and Manchester University (Business School) in Health Governance and International policy and is currently working towards her Chartered Secretary qualifications.

Martin Grazier - Non-Executive Director

Martin Grazier

Martin joined the Trust Board in February 2014 as a Non-Executive Director. Martin is a former partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers with extensive experience of working at Board level in the global energy sectors. Martin’s earlier career involved senior management roles in Shell International. Martin has led and managed large projects on strategic change and transformation, business start-ups and turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Candace Imison - Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman

Candace Imison

Candace Imison was appointed Non-Executive Director on 1 December 2009. Candace has had a long career in the NHS where she has held a number of board level and senior management roles. Between 2000 and 2006 Candace was a senior strategy advisor at the Department of Health. In 2007 Candace began working at The King’s Fund, she took on the role of Deputy Director of Policy at the Fund from January 2009. Candace is a member of the Audit and Governance Committee and chairs the Quality Assurance Committee.

Michael Jennings - Non-Executive Director

Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings joined the Trust Board in June 2010 as a Non Executive Director. Until his retirement in 2009 he acted as Deputy Chief Executive at Surrey County Council having held various director posts at
the authority with responsibility for corporate planning, emergency management, policy, performance, joint/partnership working (including health, police, business, and the voluntary sector), external affairs, and governance and health scrutiny. Prior to that he worked in strategy, planning, finance, and management
posts in local government in London. He is a member of the Government's Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, and a non-executive director of the Local Government Information House Limited, which he set up and which trades on behalf of all councils. He also runs his own consultancy Way Ahead Associates. He has acted as policy adviser on a number of national and regional government bodies. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester, holding a BA (Hons) in English. Michael chairs the Finance and Investment and Charitable Funds Committees.

Joan Mulcahy - Non-Executive Director

 Joan Mulcahy

Joan Mulcahy joined the Trust Board in January 2011 as a Non Executive Director. She is a Management Consultant, a professionally qualified accountant and an experienced Board level Director with significant
experience in the Banking industry. Previously she worked for Allied Irish Bank Group where she held a variety of roles, culminating as Chief Operating Officer and Board Director of AIB Group (UK) PLC. She currently undertakes a number of non executive roles in various strategic bodies and is a Board Director of
Elmbridge Housing Trust and an Audit and Treasury Committee Member of Paragon Community Housing Group Ltd. Joan chairs the Audit Committee.

Chris Streather - Non-Executive Director

Chris Streather

Dr Streather is a renal physician by training. He worked at Brighton, Kings, as a National Kidney Research Foundation Fellow, and Cambridge, before being appointed to St Georges as a Consultant in 1997, from where he set up the Kingston renal outreach service.  He became Medical Director in 2004, later Director of Strategy and worked on the National Physicians Assistant pilot, the RCP Acute Medicine Task Force and Lord Ara Darzi’s Framework for Action. In 2008 he was the London Clinical Director as London’s Stroke services were comprehensively redesigned and worked on the Primary and Community Care Advisory Board of the NHS Next Stage Review. He is Deputy Chair of the London Leading for Health Partnership and a member of Lord Ara Darzi’s Health Commission. From 2009-2012 he was the first CEO of South London Healthcare, and is now the Managing Director of the Health Innovation Network.

Jacqueline Unsworth - Non-Executive Director

Jacqui Unsworth 

Jacqueline Unsworth joined the Trust Board in March 2011 as a Non Executive Director. She was formally the Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of Hounslow PCT. She has also been a Trustee of the charity Family Action for the past eight years. Jacqueline is a retail strategy specialist and has worked as a Board level consultant with a range of retail brands including John Lewis and Woolworths. Jacqueline has also been a Director at Piper Trust Ltd and has worked in strategic planning roles for Storehouse PLC and Abbey National.







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