Press & Media Team

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

Our philosophy is simple. We use insight from audiences to inform our campaigns – and all our campaigns are based on business need.

We also measure the impact of our work to make sure we are offering value for money.

We offer some in-house design but outsource too. Designers should email us with examples of work to ensure we include you in opportunities to quote.

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 –