Heather, 47, who is also a qualified midwife, said: “I’m very excited to be part of the team at Barnsley Hospital. It’s a real opportunity to help make a difference in what are challenging times for everyone in the NHS.”
Barnsley Hospital’s chief executive Paul O’ Connor said: “I’m delighted to welcome Heather on board. Her credentials are second to none and I’m sure she will make a significant contribution to nurse leadership and management here at Barnsley.”
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.
She 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.
Heather succeeds Juliette Greenwood who is now the chief nurse at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.