The Council of Governors is made up of:
- Seventeen patient and public governor seats
- Five staff seats
- Seven nominated governor seats from partner organisations
I have been a Governor of Barnsley Hospital for over 3 years. My family and I have been patients of the hospital on several occasions over the 20 years we have lived in the Barnsley area. I am also a volunteer at the hospital, a role I have undertaken for six years.
Through these experiences I have 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 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 and management 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 and organisational requirements. My managerial experience builds upon my academic background and research in statistics and systems.
I was born and bred in Barnsley and have lived here all my life. During my working life I was an electrical engineer specialising in controls applications and machine control software. I have travelled the length and breadth of the country and beyond during my career but I was always glad to get back “home”. In my personal life I have a wide range of interests including dancing, walking, reading and golf. I have always been a very sociable person, which is probably the reason I have served on numerous different committees. These range from various Institute of Advanced Motorists committees, school governor, PTA and the neighborhoods watch.
I was made redundant at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, after a little time re-evaluating my life, I was fortunate enough to start working part time at Barnsley Hospital as a bank porter. I enjoy my role tremendously as I feel like I am giving something back to my community by helping make a difference to both patients and visitors.
I enjoy being able to make a difference and be part of team, in my role as a porter I heard about the governors’ positions. This then spurred me on to look at the roles and see there was something that I could add value to. The answer was yes, so here I am.
I have volunteered at Barnsley hospital for over forty-eight years, working with hospital broadcasting providing Barnsley FC commentaries from Oakwell and more recently as a volunteer in the Accident and Emergency department.I am a passionate supporter of the hospital and the NHS, who have provided great care for myself and my family over the years, and I really want to put something back in my role as a Governor of the Hospital Foundation Trust. I am also involved with Reds in the Community, the charitable arm of Barnsley Football Club, who do a lot of work to promote preventative health and fitness for Barnsley area residents.
As someone who has profound hearing loss, I am committed to ensuring that the hospital is fully accessible to people of disability.
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.
I was born in Barnsley and still live in Barnsley with my wife. We have two daughters and four grandchildren.
My full-time career path saw me working in the retail motor trade, starting on the shop floor, rising to be Main Board Director.
I am passionate about customer care, and getting things done at pace, and I look forward to bringing care closer to home and reducing inequality of care across the whole of Barnsley.
We have a great local hospital and I want to contribute to making it better than the best. I am particularly excited about changing the way we deliver care through all of our health and wellbeing partnerships.
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 years experience together with my commitment and enthusiasm to help contribute to the success of the Trust.
I am committed to contributing to the work and future development of Barnsley Hospital to improve the quality of services and care for all patients, carers and other stakeholders.
I have first-hand knowledge of the needs and aspirations of Barnsley’s communities. I have developed valuable experiences and skills set through various roles in national and local government involving finance and governance.
I am an experienced board member with a proven track record in strategy, performance, risk identification and management, finance, as well as, operational and user relationship management
I was born and brought up in Barnsley and have lived in Monk Bretton for most of my life.The majority of my working life has been in the NHS. I started Nurse training in 1975 and completed almost 40 years as a Registered General Nurse. I spent short periods working at Kendray and Beckett’s Hospital with the majority being at Barnsley District General Hospital, gaining experience across many different specialities.
Outside of the NHS I have held office as a Barnsley MBC Councillor with 20 years’ experience. During this time I was Chair of the Scrutiny Commission within the Council. I was honoured to be elected Mayor of Barnsley for 2010/11. I have held a number of positions in Barnsley including: President St John Ambulance and Chair of British Heart Foundation.
More recently, I have become a member of the Barnsley Patients Council and the White Rose Medical Practice patient group. I have vigorously advocated for improvements in Cancer Care for over 25 years and oppose privatisation of the NHS as I strongly believe the NHS belongs to the people.
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.
I have worked for the NHS on a number of occasions. Initially as a volunteer in the 1970s and then as a nursing auxiliary. I thoroughly enjoyed this role and remained in this post for over 10 years. I then went on to work as a community based warden where I looked after elderly residents in their own homes. I was drawn back to Barnsley Hospital in 2014 as a volunteer and continue to be an active member of the group.
I have a great interest in the Trust, the people who work here and the community it serves.
I hope that my past and present experience within the Trust will help support and inform my role as Public Governor.
I look forward to serving the Trust and the community in my capacity as Governor.
I first came to Barnsley as a doctor in 1993 and worked here as a junior doctor for several years. I came back to Barnsley as a consultant between 2001 and 2010. After a spell in Doncaster, I returned, once again, in 2021.I have a law degree and am a research assistant in medical law at Northumbria law school in my spare time.
I have lived and worked in Barnsley all my life. I joined the NHS at Barnsley Hospital in 1999 as a Switchboard Operator and have continued with my career path at Barnsley for over 22 years. My current role is a new role for the Trust which sits within the Quality and Clinical Governance Team as Compliance Coordinator, working with the Trust’s CQC Inspector and senior team to continue to improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients.
I moved into my first management role in 2009 in the Corporate Division as Administration Manager and my portfolio grew and progressed to the Corporate Support Services Manager.
I wanted to continue to make a difference for patients but working more with the clinical teams. In 2016 I was successful in obtaining a Service Manager role in medicine covering a wide portfolio of services; endoscopy, gastroenterology, care of elderly and stroke. I worked in a triumvirate with clinical leads and matrons and felt privileged to do so. As teams we developed services and continued to make a difference to patient care.
Over the years I have worked with many teams of staff in clinical and non-clinical roles/departments. I have a good understanding of how hard staff work and how important it is to support them to deliver safe patient care.
As a newly appointed governor I hope to be able to contribute by giving staff assurance that they are considered when decisions are made which will impact them and the care they provide to our patients in the future. I am excited about working with my fellow 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 a Partner Governor for Sheffield Hallam University. At the 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.
Professor Michelle Marshall – Sheffield Medical School
I represent the University of Sheffield as Partner Governor and began my term in 2018.I am the interim head of the Academic Unit of Medical Education at Sheffield Medical School and work closely with local hospitals and general practices across South Yorkshire where our medical students, physician associates and other healthcare students from the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health are based during their training. Many of them stay to work in the region once they qualify.
I previously trained as a nurse and worked at the Northern General Hospital before moving to work at the University. My research was in the area of stroke rehabilitation and interprofessional education and involved working with all members of the healthcare team, prior to my focus on medical education. In my current role, I work locally and nationally with organisations responsible for the governance and regulation of medical training to ensure that we deliver the highest quality training for our students.
My experience and background mean that I am well placed to contribute effectively to the governance of Barnsley Hospital to ensure that the Trust provides the best service possible for the people of Barnsley.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Barnsley MBC
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.
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)
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.