• Kingston Hospital FT’s acting chief exec Jo Farrar formally appointed
  • Has been trust’s finance director since 2015
  • Took over from Ann Radmore, who was appointed NHSE/I’s East of England regional director

A hospital trust rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission has appointed a new chief executive.

Jo Farrar, who has been acting chief executive of Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust since April, was formally appointed by the board and council of governors this week.

Mr Farrar has been finance director of the £299m-turnover organisation since 2015. He was previously finance director at Homerton University Hospital FT in east London.

He stepped in to lead the trust after previous chief executive Ann Radmore was appointed NHS England and Improvement’s East of England regional director. During her three years at the south west trust, she helped the organisation improve its CQC rating from “requires improvement” to “outstanding”

Trust chair Sian Bates said: “Jo’s impressive track record of leadership in NHS organisations, along with his values and commitment to our patients and staff, will provide aspirational leadership to the trust as we build on our success to continue to do the best we can for the population we serve.

“Our goal to work with local organisations to develop a joined-up health system for south west London that delivers the right care, at the right time in the right place is matched by Jo’s enthusiasm to build and drive forward collaborative partnerships to make this happen.”

Mr Farrar said: “I am 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.

“I am thrilled to be leading this great organisation and am totally committed to empowering our staff be the best they can be so that we continue to deliver outstanding services to our patients.”