Press & Media Team

We are a small team, offering a wide range of communications and marketing services.

If you have a media enquiry during office hours (Monday-Friday 9-5), please contact the Communications Manager. If you have an urgent out-of-hours enquiry, please call switchboard on 01226 730 000 and ask to be put through to the on-call director.

Emma Parkes

Director of Marketing and Communications

Emma was born and raised in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and commenced her career in the city as a product marketing executive with a local computer software company.

Since then Emma has gained considerable experience across the communications and marketing profession, in both the public and private sectors. Since 2003 her focus has been on healthcare communications, including roles with NHS Salford and as Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications with 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Emma was appointed to Barnsley Hospital in April 2013, prior to which she was a strategic consultant with a public service communications consultancy.

Emma has won numerous awards for her work, most recently receiving a Special Achievement Award from the Association of Healthcare Communicators in 2010.

Contact Emma: 01226 435234 –

Philip Wainwright

Communications Manager

Philip is a graduate of the first ever NHS management training scheme in communications, which he completed in 2011.

As part of his training scheme Philip undertook placements in communications at NHS Sheffield, HR Media (a PR agency) and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. On completion of the scheme Philip worked for a year as Research Communications Officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where he was responsible for raising the profile of the trust’s research and innovation.

Between July 2012 and January 2013 Philip carried out a fixed-term role at the Department of Health as a Senior Communications Officer, where he worked to communicate with patients, the public, staff and stakeholders about health policies.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Philip also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Communications with Distinction from Leeds Metropolitan University.

He grew up in Kenya, Zimbabwe and London.

Contact Philip: 01226 432 301 / 07527 178 039 –

Erin Brady

Communications Officer

Erin is Sheffield born and raised and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Marketing, Communications and Advertising in 2012.

Erin completed a yearlong industry placement as a Communications Assistant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals which formed part of her degree. During her time on placement at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Erin decided she wanted to continue her career in NHS Communications after graduation.

Erin was appointed Communications Officer at Barnsley Hospital in December 2013 and worked in internal communications at a private bank previous to this appointment.

Contact Erin: 01226 432575 –

Adam Tingle

Digital Communications Officer

Adam was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and began his career in freelance journalism, specializing in the entertainment industry.

During his university studies, Adam took part in a placement scheme at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commisioning Group, working for a year as a communications assistant. During his time there, Adam was tasked with raising the profile of the newly formed CCG and delivering effective digital  communications.

Adam was appointed Digital Communications Officer at Barnsley Hospital in July 2014.

Adam is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University holding an Undergraduate diploma and is near the succesful completition of a Postgraduate course.

Contact Adam: 01226 434583 –

Debbie Myers

Membership and Communications Officer

Debbie was born in Hanover, Germany and raised in Northern Ireland. Debbie moved to Barnsley in 1990 and began her career in the NHS in Barnsley as a Youth Trainee in 1992.

Debbie completed an NVQ in Management and has a wealth of knowledge and considerable experience across Commissioning, Primary Care and Patient and Public Engagement.

Debbie was appointed Membership and Communications Officer at Barnsley Hospital in February 2014. Prior to her appointment Debbie raised to the challenge of progressing Patient and Public Engagement throughout Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and Primary Care by engaging with both patients and members of the public.

Contact Debbie: 01226 434530 –