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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 Holt, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy and Transformation

 Chris Holt

Chris Holt joined the Trust in October 2014 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for ensuring the safe and effective day-to-day operational performance of the organisation. Prior to joining to The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Chris spent 3 years at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy / Chief Operating Officer following the Francis inquiry and supported the organisation through the administration process. 

Before taking the decision to join the NHS, Chris spent a number of years working with healthcare organisations across both primary and secondary care in England and Scotland as well as roles across the private and public sectors (working for KPMG / Atos) and 10 years working for Alstom Transport in the UK and across Europe.

Chris is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of the local population. He is a strong believer in the closer integration of the health and social care agenda and in providing strong community based care services to ensure that the Trust continues to deliver excellent services and a safe and first class experience for all.

In February 2017 Chris became the Director of Strategy and Transformation and Deputy Chief Executive.

Dr Callum Gardner, Interim Medical Director

Callum Gardner

Dr Callum Gardner joined the Trust as Interim Medical Director in September 2018 bringing a wealth of experience to the organisation. 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 

Anna Milanec 2016

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 31st January 2020.

Gabrielle Atmarow

 Gabby Atmarow 

Gabrielle is an experienced former NHS Nurse Director with extensive clinical and managerial experience. She has held Director posts in primary and community care, acute care, a Strategic Health Authority and has experience working at the Department of Health. She has a strong commitment to the achievement of the highest standards for the patient experience wherever care is delivered.

As a former Non-Executive Director of the West Yorkshire Workforce Development Confederation and former Honorary Senior Lecturer /Lecturer at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds, Gabrielle has long held a keen interest in the education and development of those who wish to realise their full potential. From 2009 to 2016 she was been a member of the Board of Governors of Leeds Beckett University.

Gabrielle was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2008 and serves as a Magistrate on the Leeds Adult Bench and is also a Family Justice. She views this responsibility as both humbling and a privilege.

Term of office until 31st March 2019. 

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 16th 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 31st 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 18th 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 25th 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 30th 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.

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.