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Meet the Council of Governors

Public Governors - elected by fellow members

Andrew Ball

Andrew Ball


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

Steve Lowe 2022
Anthony (Stephan) Lowe 


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


Gavin Rimmer

Gavin Rimmer

Rotherham-wide / 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

Neil Redfern 2

Neil Redfern



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


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

Re-elected for further term: 01.06.22 - 31.05.25


Mr Zaidi

A A Zaidi


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

Re-elected for further term: 01.06.22 - 31.05.25


Mac McPherson

Mac McPherson



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

 Matthew Ukpe

Matthew Ukpe


Matthew is a Project Manager, working with a Local Authority in England with a focus on adult health and wellbeing.

He has been working with the BAME community in and around South Yorkshire for a considerable number of years.

Matthew’s passion to bolster health and wellbeing and also focus on the improvement of the overall health and social care of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and the citizens of Rotherham will bring in the required strategic change outcome, achieved by working collaboratively with the Non-Executive board and other stakeholders.

Term of office: 01.01.2023 - 31.05.2025

Public Governor vacancies

6x Rotherham-wide


1x Rest of England

Staff Governors - elected by staff 


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

Re-elected for further term: 01.06.22 - 31.05.25

Claire Denning 

Clare Denning


Clare has worked as a Dietitian at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) since 2008.

After qualifying as a Dietitian in 2000 Clare worked in large teaching hospitals in Leicester and Leeds before moving to TRFT. She has been a senior member of the team since 2011 and has been the lead Dietitian on projects including establishing the gluten free dietetic prescribing service and home enteral feeding service redesign which have both received national recognition. She is currently the Lead for the Dietetic Prescribing Service working closely with the Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Working with teams in both the acute and community settings Clare understands the challenges many of her colleagues face. As a Staff Governor, Clare aims to represent all staff views especially the Allied Health Professionals highlighting the large contribution they make to improve patients health care experiences.  

Away from work Clare is married with two young children and loves creative activities including baking. 

Term of office: 01.06.20 - 31.05.23

 Precious Keta 

Precious Keta


Precious joined the Trust in 2016 as a Registered Nurse and is currently the Lead for Tendable and has been doing this role since 2021.

Quality Improvement is central to her practice and certainly to the core objectives of adopting and implementing Tendable across our Trust services. Tendable allows us the opportunity to collect data and feedback, which directly supports quality improvement initiatives, some of which have already been implemented with great success through supporting projects such as EPIQ (Enhancing Patient Care through Improvements in Quality.

Rolling Tendabe out in the Acute and Community Divisions, combined with working on the frontline during the Pandemic, has exposed Precious to the various pressures that exist for our staff and patients. She has high hopes of highlighting these issues to increase awareness with a view to further improvements where necessary and as applicable.

Precious feels privileged to be in a position to influence positive change for all our diverse staff and patient groups through continuous change. She hopes to continue this journey with an even greater influence as she commences her tenure as Staff Governor. She looks forward to working with fellow Governors and is keenly interested in positively influencing the manner with which our Non-Executive Directors plan to uphold our high standards.

Outside of work Precious is kept very busy by her 3 year old twins, between them there is never a dull moment!

Term of office: 01.06.22 - 31.05.25

 Emily Wraw

Emily Wraw


Emily has lived in Rotherham since she was a child. She joined the NHS in 2008 as a Graduate Management Trainee in HR and started working for the Trust in 2015. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has worked in a variety of HR roles, and has been Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion since 2019. Unsurprisingly, given her role, Emily has a strong interest in bringing together different sources of data, including feedback from patients, relatives, staff and the wider community, to create a rich picture and a compelling case for change, and is currently enjoying doing so via leading on delivery of the Trust’s Reciprocal Mentoring for Inclusion Programme.

Emily’s role involves a lot of statutory and contractual reporting, but also encompasses providing support to the Trust’s staff networks and supporting teams to implement the Trust’s behavioural framework. As a result, Emily has developed a strong interest in organisational culture and its links to patient safety and health inequalities.

As a staff governor, Emily is looking forward to working with other governors to support the strategic development of the Trust, and representing the interests of staff and patients in the appointment of Non-Executive Directors.

Outside of work, Emily is a keen and fairly proficient amateur musician and an enthusiastic crafter. In both her working life and her personal life, she enjoys continuing to learn.

Term of office: 01.01.2023 - 31.05.2025

 Matthew White new

Matthew White

Matt is an Audiologist and Hearing Therapist and has worked in the NHS for since 2008 and at Rotherham since 2015. Matt’s clinical caseload is based around adult hearing rehabilitation, with a specialist focus on the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis (sound sensitivity). 

Having a clinical and therapy based background has taught Matt the importance of a person centred care approach to his work and his dealings with people in general, be they patient’s or the staff constituency that he represents. Matt aims to use these skills and mind-set in his role as a Staff Governor. Matt especially feels strongly about promoting the value of ‘joined up’ clinical care and the importance of that care being continuously evolving in nature to give the best care possible first time, every time.

Outside of work Matt is married with 3 children and is very family focused. He loves holidays to Scotland, reading about history and trying new foods whenever he possibly can.

Term of office: 01.01.2023 - 31.05.2025

Partner Governor Organisations 

Dr Jo Lidster -   Sheffield Hallam University  
Cllr Joanna Baker Rogers  -  Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Mark Smith -  Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
Vacancy (x1) -  Rotherham Partnership
Vacancy (x1) -  Voluntary Action Rotherham
Vacancy (x1) -  Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA)

Vacancy (x1) -  Sheffield University  

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.