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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

Ian Cocks 

Ian Cocks

Rother Valley South

 Ian is a fully qualified personal trainer and sports massage/sports injury therapist, and the owner of a Rotherham health and fitness suite.

With over 16 years of knowledge and experience of fitness and wellbeing, Ian works with a wide variety of age groups from 15 to 85+. Keeping residents fit and healthy and providing rehabilitation following operations has been his passion for over 16 years.

Ian is looking forward to being a Public Governor and representing his Constituency, who like himself and his family, will have utilised the services of Rotherham Hospital. Ian is keen to be the voice of his Constituency, providing local ideas to enhance services.

Ian is a family man with five children.

Term of office: 01.06.21 - 31.05.24

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 2022
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


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

Neil Redfern 2

Neil Redfern

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


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

Public Governor vacancies

2x Wentworth North

2x Rother Valley West

1x Rotherham North

1x Wentworth Valley

Staff Governors - elected by staff 

 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

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

 James Cooper

James Cooper

James is a Registered Nurse by background and for the last four years has been working within Advanced Clinical 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. He is now the Trusts Professional Lead for Advanced Clinical Practice. James also undertakes a number of ad hoc roles within the region as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Alongside his clinical work at the Trust, James has previously volunteered as a Manager for 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 Eve Rose Keenan  -  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.