The Executive Directors

Dr Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive

Dr Richard Jenkins became CEO in June 2017 having previously been appointed as the Trust’s Medical Director in January 2015. Richard has practised medicine for over 20 years, becoming a consultant in 2002 specialising in diabetes and endocrinology. In 2006, he was awarded a Health Foundation Leadership Fellowship.

After holding various medical leadership roles, he became Medical Director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2012, a post he held for two years before coming to Barnsley.

Dr Simon Enright, Medical Director

Simon moved in to the post during April 2017. Having performed his medical training in Leeds, he has been a consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals for the last 20 years.

His wealth of experience extends to working in a number of hospitals nationwide, the furthest away being in Lerwick, Shetland!

He has held a number of clinical management roles both internally and externally, starting his career some 20 years ago as clinical director of ICU services and then subsequently as CD for theatres and anaesthesia. Out of the office, the former rugby union player is married, with two teenage sons and keeps his activity levels high with regular cycling challenges.

Heather McNair, Director of Nursing and Quality

Heather McNair joined the hospital in 2011 from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust where she was deputy Director of Nursing. Heather spent the first part of her NHS career in Leeds, working in a variety of Midwifery posts including as labour ward sister at Leeds General Infirmary.

Heather became Head of Midwifery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1998 before becoming Deputy Director of Nursing in 2001, a post she held for 10 years. She is a qualified Midwife.


Bob Kirton, Director of Strategy and Business Development

Bob Kirton joined the Trust in 2009 following a successful career as a senior manager in retail. He has a BA in History from Leicester University and a MSC in strategy and leadership in healthcare from Bradford University. Bob completed the Nye Bevan Executive leadership programme in 2015.

Bob was appointed to be Director of Strategy and Business Development in April 2014. He is Trust lead on business planning, the efficiency programme, commercial affairs and strategy supporting clinical teams and the Executive Team on delivering organisational goals and better services for Barnsley patients.

Karen Kelly, Director of Operations

Karen Kelly joined the Trust in April 2014. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Hospital’s activities, working together with our clinical staff to ensure we continue to operate efficiently and effectively, whilst maintaining excellence in patient care and experience.

A graduate of Keele University, Karen qualified as a Nurse in 1993 and worked for more than 20 years at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. She became part of the Transformation Team tasked with turning around Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation  Trust – becoming Head of Nursing there in 2010. Following this, she held the post of Medical Nurse Director, followed by Deputy Director of Operations at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen.

Michael Wright, Director of Finance

Michael Wright is CIMA qualified and has a BA in Economics with Accounting and Finance from Manchester University. He joined the Board as Acting Director of Finance on 20 July 2015, before becoming substantive Director of Finance in December 2015.

Prior to working at the Trust, Michael was the Deputy Head of Internal Audit across South Yorkshire from 2009 and Acting Head of Internal Audit. He has worked across both the NHS and DWP covering audit and finance assurance roles.

This page was updated: by Tom Biltcliffe.
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