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Meet the Council of Governors

Public Governors - elected by fellow members

 

Judy Dalton

Judy Dalton

Rother Valley South

 

Having retired from being an NHS physiotherapist and former RMBC councillor Judy has extensive experience in a range of clinical and managerial duties. As a senior clinician she worked with Children and Young Adults with cerebral palsy across Rotherham, before  becoming  Moving and Handling Coordinator, giving specialist clinical advice to frontline staff in highly complex cases including care homes, hospital and community settings.

She was a member of Rotherham Community Services Management Committee and the PCT Professional Executive for four years. As a Borough Councillor, Judy was Vice Chair of the Health Scrutiny committee, undertaking scrutiny reviews on aspects of healthcare delivery.
 

In her previous NHS roles Judy contributed to the vision, strategy and governance of Rotherham’s Health services in the Community. The breadth of experience that she has across many aspects of the NHS locally gives her a basis from which she can represent the interests of the members and the public as a governor. Judy is passionate about building decent, enabling and supporting services for people of the Rotherham Borough. 

Judy is also the Chair of Trustees of Shiloh Rotherham, a charity supporting homeless people.

Term of office: 01.06.2017 – 31.05.2020

 

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

 

Hilda Littlewood

Hilda Littlewood

Rother Valley West

 

Taking an active part in the local community has always been important to Hilda as an ex-social worker and life coach, married to a local church leader and a local ex piano teacher with students of all ages and abilities. She has always been one for “getting involved” in things that were important to her and the community. When her children were at school, she became a School governor in order to be more involved in their education and found this a very rewarding experience.

Over the years the family have had many opportunities to be grateful to the NHS, especially where the children and grandchildren have been concerned. She felt that becoming a governor at the trust might a) be interesting and b) helpful to family, friends, and the community.

She was warned there would be a lot of paperwork, but was unprepared for just how much! Nevertheless, she has found it an interesting and rewarding experience. It has not just been about sitting in meetings but about meeting some wonderful people doing an amazing job. Hearing from consumers of the services and having that feedback noted and responded to has also been a privilege.

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

 

Graham Jenkinson

Graham Barry Jenkinson

Wentworth Valley

 

Graham worked as a student nurse in a Derby Hospital for two years before meeting his future wife, who also worked in the same hospital.

Once married, they moved to Rotherham where Graham changed his job and became an operating theatre technician at the then Doncaster Gate Hospital.
 

Graham later completed a course at a teacher training college, and worked as a teacher of technology in a local 6th form college.

Following a motor cycle accident, Graham became a patient in Rotherham and this renewed his interest in the NHS and the fantastic work that the staff do.
 

He initially became a Trust Member, which gave him the opportunity to apply for the post of Public Governor, and enable him to put something back into the NHS.

As well as his Governor duties, Graham acts as a patient representative for the Trust’s Estates department, which gives him the opportunity to visit wards, speaking to patients and seeking their views on the hospital meals and the hospital in general.

Term of office: 01.06.2017 – 31.05.2020


Vacancy (x1) - Wentworth South

Vacancy (x2) - Rotherham North

Vacancy (x2) - Wentworth North

Vacancy (x1) - 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

 

June Lovett

June Lovett

 

June Has worked for the Trust since 1984 commencing her NHS career as a Nursing Auxiliary, qualifying as a General Nurse in 1989 and Midwife in 1990. She has held a number of posts at the Trust. Her current role is Associate Chief Nurse, Head of Midwifery Nursing and Professions.

June considers it an honour and privilege to be a Staff Governor. She is committed to fulfil her responsibilities by being a strong, compassionate voice for colleagues in line with NHS principles and values. She will bring to the role her experiences to date, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm to improve and develop our Trust services for adult, children and young people through future plans and performance. She is keen to improve how we hear and act on the voice of the young person and how we work in partnership with the youth council.

Term of office: 01.06.2018 – 31.05.2021

 

Julian McDonough

Julian McDonough

 

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022

 

Andrew Mellor

Andrew Mellor

 

Andrew has been a General Practitioner (GP) for 30 years, and has also been involved in other services, including the GP Out-of-Hours service, Macmillan, GP Training and community services.

Andrew initially applied to be a Public Governor, as he wanted to help improve services as he approached retirement. However, as the Primary Care Out-Of -Hours GP Service Lead, which is at present run by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, he had to change his application to be a Staff Governor. Andrew was surprised and delighted to be voted in by colleagues.

He considers that the health service relies on a lot of people other than clinicians, so he will be happy to represent issues that are important to all colleagues. Andrew is particularly passionate about community colleagues who can sometimes be forgotten in a secondary care environment.

Term of office: 01.06.2019 - 31.05.2022



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)
Vacancy (x1) -  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.