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Meet the Council of Governors

Public Governors - elected by fellow members

Andrew Ball

Andrew Ball

Wentworth Valley

 

Growing up in Portsmouth, and with a retired Naval father, the Army provided a useful and positive distraction for 15 years, sending Andrew to places around Germany, NI and UK to find excitement.

 

Andrew left in 1995, having met and married a local girl, and decided to settle in South Yorkshire, he spent the first few years testing ‘civi-street’ and finding his place in it before getting into IT and extending this into project management. Being a ‘people’ person, programming held little excitement for him so falling back on 15years service he focussed on the Control aspects of projects, governance, planning and risks, helping project managers deliver key programmes around the UK. He now works as an Interim Business Consultant, sharing his view and persuading others of a better way of doing things.

 

Andrew lives in Surrey for work and in Bramley with his wife, a retired Police Officer and now Criminal Analyst with South Yorkshire Police. They have 22 years old twins. His son works in the local economy and striving to find his place in the world and his daughter, organises UK based professional cycling races and events, and is taking on the International world of Cycling.

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23




Geoffrey Berry

Geoff Berry

Rest of England

 

Geoff is a devoted family man married with two grown-up daughters and six grandchildren.

 

During his career he enjoyed roles at various levels within several sectors, retail, construction, manufacturing and latterly IT. He sold his technology business in 2019 and is looking forward to contributing to the Trust and wider community.

 

Geoff is an enthusiastic high handicap golfer, his golfing ambitions often exceed his abilities, but sometimes, just sometimes there are moments which make it all worthwhile.

   

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

Frank Kier

Frank Kier

Rest of England

 

Now semi-retired Frank is still involved with telecommunications being a director of the Fibreoptic Industry Association and a major contributor to the IET having recently published a Code of Practice entitled NHS Building Infrastructures for Healthcare ICT. He has been involved in the implementation of communications technologies throughout a number of NHS hospitals around the UK.

 

Frank is a non-executive director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Chairs the Skills Group. This is complimented with his role as a consultant to Learning Curve Group “finding jobs for young people”.

 

His passion is to give something back by supporting the NHS, local business, people and industry and is a business mentor.

 

Although he has been involved with sales and marketing throughout his extensive career, being a former Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Frank’s experience in running high technology businesses ensures he has much to offer the NHS as a Public Governor.

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

Steve Lowe
Anthony (Stephan) Lowe 

Rotherham North

Steve was originally born and raised in Rotherham and has strong family connections to the region and the wider community. Steve spent 14 years of his early professional career serving in the British Army, during which time he completed multiple operational tours.

 

Following his rewarding military career Steve went on to hold Senior Management positions across the public, private and charitable sector in and around the field of criminal justice and sectors providing support services for hard to reach groups and people experiencing vulnerabilities

 

Through Steve’s work has received a number of awards for his work for making an impact in the community, including the receipt of a South Yorkshire Chief Constable commendation in 2019

 

Steve is currently the North of England Manager for a charity supporting vulnerable people and those who need support to live a law-abiding life

 

Steve became a public governor to serve the community and the staff of the NHS and to promote delivery of safe, caring services which remain responsive to needs.

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23


Tania Igbosi McGee

Tania Igbosi McGee 

Wentworth North

 

Tania moved to Rotherham due to family commitments, and will be committed to the Public Governor role as she believes in contributing to the community she lives in. She also works for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

 

As a new member to the community, Tania would like to see an inclusive representation of greater diversity and equality in the Trust, with members of the community from differing backgrounds. A more diverse membership will lead to a more inclusive board.

 

Tania would like to see that all people are treated fairly and equally, and that the Trust continues to provide the safest and highest quality care for the local community. This will continue to improve patient experience while promoting the clinical excellence of the Trust to the wider community.

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

 

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, re-elected for a further term 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023

Keith Stringer (awaiting image)

Wentworth Valley


 

Keith has been married to Carol for over fifty years and has two children and four grandchildren.

 

He spent his working life as a coal miner in three Yorkshire Collieries. He served as a volunteer with the Maltby Colliery Mines Rescue team for twelve years and ten years as a Maltby Colliery Official. Keith also Captained the Maltby Colliery First Aid Team before his retirement.

 

Keith is currently a Maltby Town Councillor and in 2020 is in his twenty first year of continuous service. In 2005 he was honoured to win the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire Award in recognition of his 'special contribution to the local community'.

 

Keith studied at Sheffield Hallam University and Northern College and gained the Chartered Institute of Housings 'Housing Practitioner Certificate'.

 

He worked voluntarily with the Government for five years working closely with Dame Louise Casey in addressing Anti-Social Behaviour in South Yorkshire.

 

Keith supports Rotherham United football club, something he has done for fifty-seven years and enjoy writing stories and poetry.

 

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

 

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

 Neil Redfern (awaiting image)

Wentworth South

 

Neil was born in Rotherham and has spent all his life living in South Yorkshire. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

 

After starting his working career with British Steel Corporation, he moved into the Environmental Consultancy sector where he has worked for the past 30 years. After 20 years as a Company Director he took a step down and joined a small family firm to assist with their growth. Neil has been there for the past three years.

 

Becoming a Governor will be a new challenge for Neil as he has always worked in the private sector. During that time, he has worked for many of the local NHS Trusts as a supplier of services and looks forward to understanding the way they work and pressures they face from a different angle.

Neil’s wife worked at the Trust as a nurse for 20 years, and supporting the local NHS has always been a part of their adult lives.

 

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

 

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

Gordon McKenney

Gordon (Mac) McKenney

Rotherham North

 

After 50 years of ensuring the delivery of services to exacting customer requirements, retirement was never part of the plan, hence Mac still have the time, energy, desire and a passion to continue giving, albeit now in a voluntary capacity.

 

The first 25 years of his working life from the age of fifteen were spent in the military achieving the rank of Warrant Office Class 1, with responsibilities for overseeing the delivery of catering services for large numbers of troops, wherever deployed across the globe (both in and out of theatre), including for royalty, state occasions etc.  Thereafter the many transferable skills gained during his military service enabled him to secure senior appointments within the Facilities Services Industry where for the next 25 years he was responsible for ensuring the delivery of a myriad of services to a variety of global brand customers at their premises throughout the UK (including NHS Hospitals).

 

Mac enjoys a challenge and thrives on giving support which he was able to provide during his three years (2015 – 2017) as the Chairperson for Rotherham MCVC (Military Community Veterans Centre).   

 

Becoming a Pubic Governor will enable Mac to continue serving and giving, to the members of the community he has been elected to represent and to The Rotherham NHS Trust.

 

Term of office: 01.11.20 - 31.05.23

 

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, re-elected for a further term 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2023





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.