The Council of Governors is made up of:

  • Seventeen patient and public governor seats
  • Five staff seats
  • Seven nominated governor seats from partner organisations

Public Governors


Patricia Bevis

I left Penistone Grammar School and went straight into the GPO as a telephonist, where I worked until I was married. Due to my husband’s Ill health I applied for reinstatement in the GPO, was accepted and remained there until I took the Civil Service exam and transferred to the then Office of Pensions and National Insurance.

After some years working directly with the public, I transferred to work for the Medical Board, running the Department and assisting the Doctors with examinations etc. This job I did for the last ten years of my official working life.

I have a wide experience of hospital life, from both the patient and the volunteering aspect and worked to support Father Peter in his ministry in the Chapel. This range of knowledge will be invaluable to me in my work as a Barnsley Hospital Governor.

Patricia’s current term of office runs until 31.12.22


John R Bower

I have lived in the Borough for 70 years. I was educated at Wilthorpe Junior School, Holgate Grammar School and Barnsley Technical College. Married for over 50 years my wife and I are COPD patients with first-hand experience, as outpatients, of what the Trust has to offer. Being now retired, I have the time and desire to contribute positively to the role of Governor.

I worked full time for various local construction companies initially as a Trainee Surveyor and my subsequent career involved management of multi-million pound construction projects with a Retford based Contractor. I was appointed a Director at the age of 29.

I progressed quickly to become Managing Director and  I thus developed detailed ‘hands on’ experience of staff recruitment, training and the procurement management, planning and forecasting of complex major projects. At the time of my resignation 22 years later the annual turnover was £250 million. Subsequently I practiced as a “trouble shooting” Consultant specialising in the resolution of contractual disputes.

John’s current term runs to 31.12.22.


Gilly Cockerline

I started at Barnsley Hospital in 1986 as an  Auxiliary nurse as I waited to start my training in January 1987. After qualifying I worked on the Infectious Disease Unit. In 1992 I became Junior Sister and by 1998 was the Ward Manager. In 2000 I joined the Infection Control Team as a Specialist Nurse which entailed supporting and educating patients and staff. In 2011 I achieved the post of Modern Matron for Acute Medicine caring for 2 Medical wards, Coronary care, the Diabetic unit and the Endoscopy unit. One of my main responsibilities was ensuring that the patients’ experience was of the highest standard possible. My Governor’s role enables me to remain in touch with the patients, staff and the community who use our hospital.

Gilly’s current term runs to 31.12.20.


Tony Conway

As a long standing resident of Barnsley for many years I bring a considerable amount of local knowledge to the Governors. I also have personal experience as a patient in Barnsley Hospital over the years across several departments which allows me contribute a patients user perspective to the meetings .

In addition I have worked as a Volunteer in the Trust for over 15 years including working in the Patient Liaison Office (PALS) and dealing with a wide range of enquiries and concerns from the public and patients which again enables me to contribute relevant feedback and information to the Trust in my role as a Public Governor.

I am now in my third term of office and look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of the organisation and representing the views of the public, patients and volunteers.

Tony’s current term runs to 31.12.21.


Tony Dobell

In 3 years as a Governor, I have represented the people of Barnsley in a number of ways. I am the audit liaison Governor and vice chair of the two main committees of the governing body. I have participated in Ward visits, in discussions and questioning and in the writing of reports. I belong to no political party or other pressure group so I have no particular point to push. My only concern is to achieve the best health provision possible for the people of Barnsley. Previously, I was principal of Barnsley Sixth Form College for twelve years and an Ofsted inspector for 11 years, so I am well used to ensuring that people work effectively. I have valued my 3 years as a governor of Barnsley hospital and I believe that Governors can really make a difference.


Alan Higgins

I am a retired local businessman and Barnsley resident of more than 30 years.

I care passionately about our NHS and the people of Barnsley.

As well as representing the people of Barnsley as a Hospital Governor, I also volunteer at the Hospital and sit on the Board of Trustees at Barnsley Hospice.

I am an active member of Barnsley Patient Council and regularly attend the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body meeting as a public representative.

When not doing any of the above I’m to be found in the kitchen baking cakes and bread – my other passion.

Alan’s current term of office  runs to 31.12.22 and has been appointed as Lead Governor with effect from 22.01.20.


Janet Lancaster

I started work at the Barnsley Hospital Management Committee in the Group Secretary’s office in 1955, where I worked for 4 years, going on to work at Beckett Hospital as a medical secretary.  I did this job for a number of years before leaving to have a family.  When the family got older I went back to work on a permanent basis and over the years I have worked in several departments and for different consultants at Barnsley Hospital.

I also spent some years working for a  GP as receptionist/secretary.   I found this very different from the hospital environment as it involved having more direct contact with patients and this made it all the more interesting.

After a few years at the GP’s surgery I went back to Barnsley District Hospital again as a Medical Secretary and remained there until I retired in 1995.

I feel that my work experience across the Acute Trust and General Practice will help me to conscientiously fulfil my duties as a governor and I look forward to being of service to Barnsley Hospital Trust.

Janet’s current term runs until 31.12.22.


Steve Long

I am a retired civil servant who managed large numbers of staff across the UK. My work required me to work with people across all walks of life ranging from the public in general to Cabinet Ministers. I was involved in budgeting at local and national level and understand the need for economy whilst at the same time achieving value for money and a continuation of services. I was responsible for developing Departmental policy on mental health and debt and following retirement have maintained links with several voluntary sector organisations.

I currently sit on the Barnsley Bench of the magistracy both as an adult and youth magistrate. This has given me a sometimes unique insight into the Barnsley populous. This together with serving as a Public Governor for the last 3 years has helped me understand the pressures on the hospital and staff in particular, and more importantly have a clear perception of the patient perspective.

I believe these attributes will enable me to successfully serve the Barnsley public in the role of Governor. I have no political affiliation and will bring an entirely independent approach to the role.


Annie Moody

I am retired from the Civil Service where I had a variety of roles, most recently managing a national project to improve the experience of customers who needed to contact my Government Department.

Over recent years I have had back, neck and shoulder operations, and am therefore well placed to have a front-line view of what is great patient experience and what is less great!  I am enjoying using this experience, together with skills from my working life, as Public Governor helping represent views of current service users.

I have been a Public Governor since January 2015, and it was my privilege to have been Lead Governor for three years from January 2017 to December 2019.  It was a really interesting three years with lots happening, and was personally very rewarding. I stepped down as Lead Governor at the end of 2019, although I am continuing to be a Public Governor and I will use all my previous five years experience together with my commitment and enthusiasm to help contribute to the success of the Trust.

Annie’s current term of office runs out on 31.12.20.


Harshad Patel

I currently serve as Justice of Peace (JP) on the South Yorkshire Magistrates Bench, and I am a retired secondary school Science Teacher,ex-secondary school governor, served on the South Yorkshire Police IAG and Barnsley Police IAG committees, liaised with BMBC and partner agencies as Chairperson of the Gujarat Association of Barnsley and Indian Welfare Association of Barnsley and I have served the local community as a shopkeeper for 18 years.

I believe I have  acquired a wide range of relevant experience to serve as a public governor at the Barnsley Hospital NHS trust  since taking up my appointment to teach in Kendray Oaks School Barnsley in 1984.

I completed my primary education in Nairobi, Kenya followed my secondary school education at a Grammar school in Bolton and then obtained a Science degree from Wolverhampton in addition my teaching PGCE from Lancaster University and commenced my teaching career in Kettering in 1979.

I have received several awards in recognition of my voluntary community work and I was invited to the Queens Royal Garden Party 2015 in recognition of my community work.

I am able to communicate and consult effectively in public meetings, with media, local communities partner agencies and able to represent the views and interests of all parties concerned in addition  I possess a good understanding of community views in shaping policies aimed at engaging local communities.

I have the self-confidence, decisiveness, enthusiasm and drive with the skills to challenge accepted views constructively and  I have the necessary training and experience in appointing people to responsible posts. I have the respect for everyone and the capacity to treat all the people fairly with dignity; I value diversity and respond sensitively to differences and changes in organisations

Harshad’s current term of office runs until 31.12.20.


Carol Robb

I have experience of board meetings and I also have experience of putting views, issues and concerns of others to the right people or department. This experience has helped me greatly in my role as a governor. I keep confidentiality at all times. I am honest, reliable and punctual. As a recent wheelchair user I feel I can give a unique perspective on some issues.


Margaret Sheard


Robert Slater

After leaving school in Sheffield I attended Pond Street Collage where I passed all required qualifications within the heating , ventilating  and technicians industries.

I then decided to start my own company which I ran successfully until retirement in 2012. This business knowledge has enabled me to serve in all aspects for the Barnsley public as a Governor.

I have been a public governor for the last three years representing the people of Barnsley , participating in ward visits , discussing and questioning  patients time in our hospital  and noting their good and not so good comments.

I have been elected to serve a further three years as a public governor and I will continue to represent the Barnsley public in all aspects of running a most efficient hospital by attending all required meetings.

For the past two years I have worked as a volunteer in the EU department at Barnsley and

hope to continue for some time as this gives me a wider perspective on the Trust.

Robert’s current term runs until 31.12.22.


Joe Unsworth

After graduating in physics at Leeds University in 1964 I had a career in medical physics which brought me to Barnsley Hospital in 1979 to set up a medical physics department.

I have always been active in the community. I was previously an elected member of Barnsley Council, a Chair of school governors, a magistrate for 28 years, and I am still a member of Penistone Town Council.

In retirement I became one of the first elected public governors when Barnsley Hospital became a Foundation Trust on 1st January 2005. I left the Council of Governors at the end of 2016 having served 12 years as a governor and eight years as Lead Governor.

I returned as an elected public governor in 2019. I strongly believe in the role of the Council of Governors as the voice of the local community in the Trust.

Joe’s current term of office runs until 31.12.21.


Graham Worsdale

I have been a volunteer at Barnsley Hospital for nearly four years. My family and I have been patients of the hospital on a number of occasions over the sixteen years we have lived in the Barnsley area. Through these experiences I developed some understanding of the issues faced by patients, their families, staff and volunteers. I believe I have used this knowledge and the knowledge gained since becoming a Governor a year ago to further enhance the work of the Hospital by contributing to discussions and decision making as a Governor using the skills and experience I gained as a senior manager.

The majority of my working life was spent in Universities where as a senior academic I had responsibility for the recruitment, management and development of staff, the recruitment of students, the management of budgets, strategic development and the management of quality and standards. Since retiring from full time work I have continued to undertake quality assurance work in the UK and overseas in relation to organisations having to meet statutory body requirements. My managerial experience builds upon my academic background and research in statistics and systems.


Staff Governors

Colin Brotherston-Barnett

Having worked at Barnsley Hospital for the past 12 years, nearly 10 of these in occupational health as a staff counsellor, one thing that has been reinforced again and again is that we have truly amazing staff. I’m proud to work for the NHS and I’m proud to help represent our staff as a Governor.

It’s challenging times for people working in the NHS and my role as Equality, Diversity & Inclusion lead for the hospital and the CCG helps me to ensure that patients, carers, relatives and staff are treated with dignity and respect.

This is my third year as a Governor. It’s a really useful way to help me gain a joined up view of our organisation  and I look forward to helping our diverse organisation be the best it can be.  It feels really special being part of the Council of Governors. There is a great wealth of expertise, passion and generosity of spirit amongst them, not to mention that they’re incredibly nice people too.

Colin’s current term runs to 31.12.20.


Emma Cotney

I am a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner working within the Acute Response Team  and  I spent over a decade before this as Night Sister for the Trust.

I am currently working full time and in my second year of studying for a Masters Degree in Advanced Clinical Practice.

I am a Mum to 3 and have had all my children at the hospital so I know what it’s like to be a service user too!

I’m the second-generation Nurse in my family to work within the Trust; my Mum has worked here at the Hospital since it opened and still works here now!

I work with many amazing people who all bring invaluable skills to the work we do and the services we provide. I am proud to work for the Trust and to be able to represent Members as a Staff Governor.

Emma’s current term runs to 31.12.20.


Helen Doyle

I have been a qualified Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Dietitian since 2004, working here at Barnsley Hospital for the past decade, having the roles of Clinical Lead for Therapy Services and Dietetic Manager. I was born at this hospital and both of my children were also recently born here, and so I have recent experience of being a staff member and also a patient in our amazing hospital trust.

Being a Staff Governor is a very rewarding role, allowing me to be in the privileged position of being able to listen to and represent our dedicated staff, providing feedback where relevant in a professional, confidential and timely manner.

Helen’s current term runs to 31.12.22.


Claire Grant

I have been a nurse for 30 years and have been in a variety of roles in that time. I have worked in Nursing all around the World, but my heart lies in Barnsley where I started my career.

I am extremely proud to currently be the Chief Nursing Information Officer for the Trust and excited for the future of the digital agenda in our Hospital.

My role as a staff Governor enables me to use all of my experience and be a voice for my clinical colleagues in a forum that can truly make a difference. I also cascade relevant information back to the staff of the Trust to ensure they are informed.

My role as a staff Governor enables me to effectively be the link from’ board to ward.’

Claire’s current term runs to 31.12.20.


Ray Raychaudhuri

I have been a clinician for 25 years, Clinical Manager for 5 years and a Governor for 9 years. I have learnt to represent facts and views meaningfully to the council members and ensure clinical risks are mitigated and dealt with appropriately.

I also act as a conduit between the board members and the public Governors to represent facts pragmatically. I have 15 years of experience  in Good Governance which I use to contribute to the Trust Governance agenda .

My background knowledge of the Trust & organisational memory for the last 19 years  helps me to highlight patient quality issues more succinctly. I have been seconded by the Trust to work as  a Senior Education Leader at the Yorkshire & Humber Heath Education England ( HEE)

Ray’s current term runs to 31.12.22.


Partner Governors

David Akeroyd – Barnsley College

David Akeroyd is the Vice Principal for Technical and Professional Education at Barnsley college having joined them in August 2019. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the curriculum delivery and has specific responsibility for managing the preparations for delivery of T Levels from September 2020.

David’s background is originally Financial Services working in this sector for almost 20 years before joining the Further Education sector in 2008 – initially as a maths teacher. He progressed quickly to management positions and has been a senior manager in his last three colleges leading significant improvements across all aspects of education.

He is keen to become active across the Barnsley community and sees the opportunity to be a member of the Council of Governor’s a privilege and looks forward to helping in any way that he can


Paul Ardron – Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

I am Partner Governor for Sheffield Hallam University

We educate and train a wide range of health and social care  staff including Nurses Midwives, Social Workers, Bio scientists and Allied Health Professionals for the health and social care economy, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  Many of the staff employed at Barnsley Hospital will have studied at Sheffield Hallam University and its predecessor Sheffield City Polytechnic.

My role is that of Head of Health and Social Care Partnerships within the College of Health Wellbeing and Life Sciences.  I work with partners around England in order to develop strategic partnerships, business development and educational packages including Government Departments and Bodies, Acute Trusts , Community Trusts, Mental Health Trusts,  Primary Care, and a wide  range of private independent and voluntary organisations.

I have worked in this field for more than 30 years including working alongside Barnsley Hospital.

I represent the university on a range of bodies including advising NHS Local Workforce Action Boards in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.


Martin Jackson – Representative Joint Trades Union Committee

I have worked at Barnsley Hospital for 30 years and have been a union representative for 28 of those years. In my day job, I am a charge nurse on the coronary care unit, where I have worked for the last 20 years. I am in the very fortunate position in that I really enjoy both of my roles within the organisation. I know what it is like to have a job that you do not like and this makes me really appreciate that looking forward to coming to work is very important in life.

I have always felt that our hospital absolutely delivers the best possible patient care, often under very difficult circumstances. In my view our most important asset is our staff, who work extremely hard to ensure that the care that we deliver to the Barnsley population is of the highest quality. I strongly believe in our values and behaviours, policies and statements and hope to contribute to our hospital becoming an even more attractive a place to work and be cared for.

As a governor I hope to contribute by giving a staff view to what is happening in the hospital, in the hope that our staff are considered when we make decisions about our hospital’s future. I really enjoy working with my fellow governors to ensure that this happens and hope to continue working with them for some time.


John Marshall – Barnsley CVS


Professor Michelle Marshall – Sheffield Medical School


Chris Millington – Lay Member, Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group

Responsible for Public and Patient Involvement.

Chair of Primary Care Committee, Chair of Barnsley Patient Council .

Sits on Governing Body of NHS Barnsley.

Born in Barnsley, family of two daughters and four grandchildren. Worked in the retail motor trade, starting on shop floor, rising to be Main Board Director.

Passionate About customer care, and getting things done at pace. Looking forward to bringing care closer to home and reducing inequality of care across the whole of Barnsley

Determined to support our great local hospital to be better than the best.

Excited about changing the way we deliver care via Through all of our health and wellbeing partnerships.


Councillor Jenny Platts, Barnsley MBC

I have been an Elected Member in the St Helens Ward for 12 years and I was appointed to Cabinet in September 2009 prior to that I was the Cabinet Support Member for Adult Social Services and Health and Children, Young People and Families, which gave me a firm foundation of experience for my Cabinet role.

This is a very diverse Portfolio with many priorities focussing around the needs of our most vulnerable people here in Barnsley and this covers:

Migration, Libraries, Customer Services, Anti-Poverty, Independent Living at Home, Equipment and Adaptations, Carers Support, Drugs and Alcohol Services, Domestic Violence/Victim Support, Gypsies and Travellers, Community Safety, Registration Services, Area Councils, Ward Alliances and Adult Social Care.

I am a partner Governor at Barnsley Hospital and a member of the Barnsley Health and Wellbeing Board.

I have been a member of the Governing Council at the hospital for 9 years and have been involved with interview panels and CQC inspections and regularly attend the Quality and Governance Sub-Group.  I have also been involved in many inspections and ward visits, speaking with patients about their personal experiences as an in-patient.

I have considerable knowledge and experience of listening, working with and representing residents of Barnsley.