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Board Members

Executive Directors

Louise Barnett, Chief Executive

Louise Barnett 2

Louise Barnett is Chief Executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the Trust as interim Chief Executive in October 2013, prior to being appointed to the substantive position in April 2014.

Louise has a wealth of experience, having worked at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. Louise has held a number of NHS board positions, including Non-Executive Director at Sherwood Forrest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Interim Chief Executive at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. Louise is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and is currently Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Leadership Council.


Chris Preston, Deputy Chief Executive

 Chris Preston May 2019

Chris Preston joined the Trust in June 2019 to take on the role of Deputy Chief Executive. Chris has over 20 years of senior management and board level experience across both health and energy sectors. He is passionate about driving and embedding changes that improve performance and inspiring teams to deliver their very best.

Chris has previously performed senior executive roles for NHS and Foundation Trusts in the UK and also for several of the state-wide providers that formed part of Queensland Heath in Australia.

Chris also worked at the Trust during 2018 to support us with financial improvements and sustainability, including the development of our Five Year Business Plan.


Dr Callum Gardner, Medical Director

Callum Gardner

Dr Callum Gardner joined the Trust in September 2018 as Interim Medical Director before being appointed to the substantive Medical Director role.

He is a consultant acute and general physician at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) with a sub-specialty interest in respiratory medicine. He also held the position of Divisional Director for the Emergency & Medicine division at NWAFT, leading the division from requires improvement to good in the 2018 CQC inspection. He has previously held a number of key roles including Deputy Medical Director and Associate Medical Director, and was a Doctor in the Royal Navy for almost 18 years.


Angela Wood, Chief Nurse 

Angela Wood

Angela Wood joined the Trust in October 2018 as Interim Chief Nurse before being appointed to the substantive Chief Nurse position.

Angela, who has been nursing for 31 years, joined us from North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Interim Deputy Chief Nurse, on secondment from her substantive role as Deputy Director of Nursing at NHS England. She has held a number of senior nursing roles throughout her career, both strategic and operational, including significant experience in acute settings. She has a track record of achievement in quality, patient safety and patient experience agendas, and is passionate about patients receiving safe, good quality care.


Simon Sheppard, Director of Finance

 Simon Sheppard 2016

Simon Sheppard joined TRFT in November 2014 from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where he was Acting Director of Finance and, before that, Deputy Director of Finance and Procurement.
Simon started in the NHS on the Graduate Management Training Scheme and has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in large acute teaching hospitals including the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

George Briggs, Chief Operating Officer

George Briggs

George, who lives in Lincolnshire and has three children, has worked in the NHS for 30 years working in a variety of organisations including Trusts and CCGs. He has extensive experience as a general manager in a number of specialties including cardiology, intensive care and medicine.

George has also held a number of director positions in acute Trusts. Over recent years, George has enjoyed working in a number of interim roles across the UK which gave him the opportunity to support and learn from a number of NHS organisations.


Steven Ned, Joint Director of Workforce

Steven Ned

Steven Ned joined the Trust in April 2019 as Joint Director of Workforce with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He joined the Trust from Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where he was Director of HR and Deputy Chief Executive.

Steven has more than 30 years NHS experience and over 10 years working in senior roles within South Yorkshire.


Anna Milanec, Director of Corporate Affairs/Company Secretary 

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Originally from Staffordshire, Anna’s background is the financial sector, and offshore global corporate administration where she spent 18 years of her life. She has also held directorships roles at several international companies. Anna has more recently worked at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and, whilst her background is based around governance, risk management, compliance, processes, procedures and accountability, she believes that people are what really matters and is fascinated by different cultures and belief systems and appreciate the vivid landscape that each of us help to create.

Anna is a chartered secretary (fellow of ICSA), a fellow of the International Compliance Association with an international diploma in compliance, Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has a MSc in Corporate Governance and Administration.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys writing fiction, sailing and attempting photography.

Non-Executive Directors

Martin Havenhand, Chairman

 Martin Havenhand  

Martin is a very experienced Chairman and Non-Executive Director. He has a wealth of Executive and Non-Executive experience from both the public and private sectors and is knowledgeable and experienced in regulated industries.

He also brings to the Trust extensive experience and knowledge of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw community which is invaluable as the Trust continues to develop and enhance local health care services for the future.

Term of office until 31 January 2020.


Heather Craven

Heather Craven

Heather is a Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG and has spent most of her career working across a wide spectrum of industries at director levels including FTSE and AIM listed companies.

Since 2006 she has helped a number of organisations to identify operational and financial issues and weaknesses and has delivered solutions to resolve those problems. Heather is committed to using her skills and experience to assist the Trust in meeting the challenges it faces in delivering a quality healthcare service.

She is a keen golfer, gardener and traveller which fits around her work commitments and time spent with her husband and grandchildren.

Term of office until 16 February 2020. 

Mark Edgell

 Mark Edgell

Mark joined The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-executive Director on 1 June 2012. He has lived in central Rotherham for over 30 years and has a deep commitment to the town, the Borough and South Yorkshire. He spent 13 years as a Councillor and was the Leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in the early 2000s until he resigned to take up a new role.

Mark has a first degree in economics and geography and a Masters degree in public sector economics. After initially working in retail management, Mark worked professionally as an economist before moving in to local politics. He currently works at a senior level advising and troubleshooting for local government (a post that precludes political activity).

Mark has a son, a daughter and also two step daughters. In his spare time he walks, plays squash, cycles and also sits as a Director (Trustee) on the Board of a national charity.

Term of office until 31 May 2020.

Barry Mellor

 Barry Mellor  

Barry has had a rewarding career in both the private and public sector helping large complex organisations through transformational changes and developments which deliver tangible benefits to staff, customers and patients. He is professionally qualified in marketing, IT, change management and procurement and logistics. 

He is no stranger to the NHS or The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, in his previous role as Chief Executive of NHS Logistics (later NHS Supply Chain). He says that one of his proudest moments was NHS Logistics winning the Health Service Journal Award for Improving Patient care with E-technology. Barry's recent position has been as Commercial Director for Sheffield City Council and as Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Strategic Procurement Group, he has been actively involved in the transfer of Public Health and has worked closely with Rotherham Council.

Barry is married and lives in Derbyshire and has a son who has recently moved to Australia.

Term of office until 18 September 2019.

Joe Barnes

 Joe Barnes 

Joe spent almost nine years as a Non-Executive Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust where, at various times, he was Chair of the Audit and Clinical Governance Committees, Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair.  He spent most of his career with British Coal and the Coal Pension Funds and he is a qualified accountant. 

In July 2016 the Council of Governors re-appointed Joe for a further three year term of office from September 2016.

Joe is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee

Term of office until 25 September 2019.

Lynn Hagger  

Lynn Hagger 

After careers in social work and legal practice, Lynn became a legal academic with lectureships at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and now Sheffield. She has taught administrative/public law, contract, environmental and European law but now specialises in healthcare law and ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has published extensively in this area including two books: The Child as Vulnerable Patient: Protection and Empowerment and A Good Death: Law and Ethics in Practice. In parallel with these activities, Lynn has been involved in the NHS for over 25 years, mostly as a Non-Executive Director of acute hospital boards.

She was Chair of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for nine years and more recently served as a Non-Executive Director at Leeds Teaching NHS Trust where she was Chair of the Quality Committee.

Lynn is married and has two sons and a daughter.

Term of office until 30 September 2019.

David Hannah

David Hannah
David is a recently retired GP, having completed 30 years as a GP principal in a large practice north of Nottingham, with a similar a socioeconomic demographic to Rotherham.

As a GP he was actively involved in commissioning health services and was a founder member of the Nottingham Total Commissioning Project.  He was particularly involved in commissioning children’s and young people’s services in Nottinghamshire, an interest which resulted in him becoming the GP representative on the Nottinghamshire County Council Children’s Trust Board.

As an active member on the Children's and Young People’s Health Network, he championed stronger relations between primary and secondary care services in the field of paediatrics and helped with the development of many local guidelines. He was vice chair of Nottingham North and East CCG for several years and headed up the development of improved primary care services in this CCG most notably in the area of respiratory medicine.

David has always been motivated by the vision to provide the best possible health care for his patients and those in the wider locality.  He hopes to bring his skills and experience from a background in Primary Care and CCG work to The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and to add a new diversity to the Board of Directors’ composition.

He is married with four daughters and two granddaughters and in his spare time enjoys golf, water colour painting and walking his labrador.

Term of office until 10 January 2020.


Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Michael was appointed in April 2019 and is an experienced Non Executive Director, currently on the Board at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, having previously served in a similar capacity at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

He has an Honours Degree in Law, a Masters in Business Administration. In 2016, Michael received his third degree - a Masters in Mental Health Law for which he was given a commendation.

Michael is a local man who lives in Wickersley. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and has been the President of Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. He is a volunteer director / trustee of the Magna Science Adventure Centre and is an enterprise adviser to a local Special School.

When not working, he enjoys travel and horse riding - preferably at the same time.

Term of office until 31 March 2020.



The terms and conditions of appointment of the Non-Executive Directors are available on application to the Company Secretary, Anna Milanec, at Anna.Milanec@nhs.net or 01709 426821.