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Meet the Council of Governors

Public Governors - elected by fellow members


Gavin Rimmer

Gavin Rimmer

Rother Valley South / Lead Governor

Gavin has been a Public Governor of the Trust since 2014 and in 2018 had the honour to be elected as Lead Governor.

Gavin is a family man with four Children and now 2 Grandchildren, living in Rotherham for over twenty years. He became a Governor because he is passionate about improving healthcare both locally and nationally.

He has been able to apply his knowledge and experience working as a provider of healthcare for the NHS in South Yorkshire and from the twenty-five years engaging and understanding the NHS inner workings as a senior pharmaceutical executive.

Gavin has called on this extensive knowledge and his experience as a patient and parent to help him in his role.  He also brings enthusiasm and (occasionally) a bit of humour!

As the Governors provide a key service on behalf of the people of Rotherham, he would say hand on heart that all of them are proud to serve on behalf of the members and the public.

Term of Office: 01.06.2017 – 31.05.2020


Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore

Rother Valley West

Following a Heart Attack in 2010, Dennis sold his courier business and retired. After a number of operations he is now reasonably fit, giving him the opportunity to work in the community.

During his early years he was in the British Merchant Navy, serving on ships the like of the Queen Mary, Oriana, Empress of England, a number of Blue Star Line Vessels and BP Tankers. During his time at sea he studied with the Open University, gaining a B.A Degree Hon in Victorian History.

Although Dennis was a Local Councillor in West Yorkshire and Staffordshire with some 30 years experience, he sees being a member of the Council of Governors as a new challenge and looks forward to the long term commitment.

Term of office: 01.06.2018 – 31.05.2021


Marilyn Gambles

Marilyn Gambles

Rotherham South


Marilyn has lived in Rotherham all her life. After working in Rotherham schools for thirty five years as a teacher, advisory teacher and Head Teacher, she retired and has spent almost sixteen years as a volunteer at Rotherham Hospital.

Her husband was an in-patient for many weeks and as a family they were able to witness the hard work, professionalism, and commitment of staff. Marilyn has also been treated herself on a number of occasions and she wanted to extend her volunteer role into governance, so she decided to stand as public governor for Rotherham South and was elected in  2019.

Marilyn’s aim is to see the hospital continue to provide the safest, highest quality care for the local community.

Marilyn is certain that she has a lot to offer in terms of good organisational and interpersonal skills and she will work with the Trust to continue to improve the patient experience and promote its development.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022


Mr Zaidi

A A Zaidi

Rotherham South

After training at Manchester, Mr Zaidi was awarded certificate of Specialist in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Rotherham Hospital on 1 October 1979 until his retirement on 31 December 2007. In this role he modernised the Rotherham Eye Unit, introducing new services for patients with Eye diseases and was responsible for training junior doctors, Nurses and Opticians.

During his time at the Trust, Mr Zaidi was appointed Clinical Director for Specialist Surgery, which not only included management of Ophthalmology but also the specialities of Ears Nose and Throat and Maxillofacial.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists appointed him Examiner for FRCOphth and he was on the “Consultant appointment Panel” for other hospitals.

Having worked 37 years in NHS and 27 years at Rotherham, Mr Zaidi is well aware of the NHS system, constraints facing Hospitals and the requirements and problems faced by the patients. Due to his previous NHS Experience he believes he would be able to contribute to help all parties.

As a public governor, Mr Zaidi’s main aim is to support the improvement of services for patients.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022


Mac McPherson

Mac McPherson

Wentworth South


Lieutenant Colonel Mac McPherson retired from the army in 2014 after 44 years’ service. Mac developed and lead bespoke leadership training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and as Deputy Garrison Commander of Larkhill Garrison Mac was responsible for moving the ‘home’ of The Royal Artillery from Woolwich after 300 years.  Mac has significant operational experience in various challenging environments, and has received awards for his conduct in Northern Ireland, UK mainland and Bosnia. Mac has spent several winters training inside the Arctic Circle. 

Mac currently is the chairman of trustees of the Military Community Veterans Centre (MCVC) is a director of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund, a director of the Regular Forces Employment Agency (RFEA) and President of the Wentworth Association for the Prosecution of Fellons.  He was awarded an MBE in 2009 birthday honours list.

Mac is a keen but inelegant skier, a disgraceful but honest golf novice and likes reading, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Mac became a public governor to support and promote the hospital staff in delivering their Vision, Mission and Values all of which contribute to a top class hospital which serves our community so well.

Term of office:  01.06.2017 – 31.05.2020

Vacancy (x1) - Wentworth South

Vacancy (x1) - Rother Valley South

Vacancy (x1) - Rother Valley West

Vacancy (x2) - Rotherham North

Vacancy (x2) - Wentworth North

Vacancy (x2) - Wentworth Valley

Vacancy (x2) - Rest of England

Staff Governors - elected by staff 

Chris Bott

Chris Bott 


Chris was appointed as a Staff Governor at The Rotherham Foundation Trust (TRFT) in June 2019.

Having worked at TRFT since 1992, where he trained and was subsequently employed as a qualified nurse in Medicine, CCU and ITU/HDU, Chris progressed to an Advanced Nurse Practitioner role fifteen years ago, then specialising in Medicine and Orthopaedics. 

In 2016 he established, and is currently the Clinical Lead Practitioner, for the Hospital at Night Team (H@N).

Working across the Trust with colleagues from all disciplines Chris understands the daily frustrations and challenges being faced. 

As a Staff Governor, Chris aims to promote staff wellbeing enabling individuals to reach their full potential to support the Trust’s vision to be an outstanding Trust.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022


Owen Dickinson

Owen Dickinson


Qualifying in 2004 Owen’s career saw him nursing all over the world, in and out of the British Armed Forces, in a variety of different medical and nursing roles.

From 2007 he focused on his NHS career with his core training revolving around Non-Vascular Interventional Radiology, specialising primarily in Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Urology. Then subsequently attaining a number of full endoscopic qualifications under JAG. Becoming the only nurse to attain the level of training completed as a hybrid interventionlist in non-vascular Radiology and Endoscopy, it saw him sitting on a number of the training courses and conferences as faculty for Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy.

After a number of years, working for a number of teaching hospitals, in independent practice Owen was appointed to the Trust in 2016 as the Consultant Nurse in Endoscopy and Interventional Radiology. Even though appointed to the Trust, he has a number of appointments in other trusts fulfilling theses clinical and managerial undertakings.

Following having a good grounding in a number of clinical areas, he wanted to elevate the views and opinions of staff and service users through sitting as a Staff Governor. Thus increasing the communication and member’s links between the Board and senior management and all levels of staffing.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022


Julian McDonough

Julian McDonough

 Julian has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at Rotherham Hospital since 2002.

He strives to provide the best care for the people of Rotherham, be that working clinically or managerially, with patients or with staff teams providing the care.

As a Staff Governor Julian would like to influence the strategic direction of the Trust, holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board that delivers that care.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022

Photograph awaited 

Clare Denning


Awaiting information

Term of office: 01.06.20 - 31.05.23

Photograph awaited 

James Cooper

James is a Registered Nurse by background and for the last four years has been working within Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles. In 2016 he worked for the then newly formed Hospital at Night team before rotating to the Acute Medicine and Same Day Emergency Care team. James also undertakes a number of ad hoc roles within the region.

Alongside his clinical work at the Trust, James was recently appointed as an Area Manager within the St John Ambulance charity.

James’ is committed to representing the Trusts' members', staff and patient’s as a Governor and aims to ensure that the Board of Directors lead the Trust in the most effective way to deliver the best service possible for its patients.

Term of office: 01.06.20 - 31.05.23

Partner Governor Organisations 

Dr Jo Lidster -   Sheffield Hallam University
Vacancy (x1) -  Sheffield University  
Cllr Patricia Jarvis  -  Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Vacancy (x1) -  Rotherham Partnership
Jean Flanagan -  Voluntary Action Rotherham
Shakoor Adalat -  Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA)
Tricia Smith -  Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

For more information about our Governors, when they were elected and whether or not they have any interests to declare, please see our list of Governors declarations of interest.