Sheena McDonnell, Chair

Sheena joined Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chair in May 2022.

Sheena joins us from her most recent role as a Non-Executive Director at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBFT), where she is also Chair of the People Committee.

With wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors, Sheena has an extensive background in leadership, organisational development, governance and transformation, holds a BSc and an MSc and is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. She has considerable experience as a Business Transformation Director for a large social housing provider, a CEO of a registered Charity and as a housing inspector with the Audit Commission auditing and inspecting local authorities.

Nick Mapstone, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Nick joined the Trust in April 2015. Nick is the director of his own consultancy company that specialises in supporting NHS organisations. His most recent role was as programme director with East Cheshire NHS Trust. Nick is currently a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission and in the past has worked with Ernst & Young and at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Nick is Chair of the Audit Committee, Senior Independent Director and Vice Chairman and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee. Nick’s current term runs until 31 December 2023.

Sue Ellis, Non-Executive Director

Sue joined the Board on 1 June 2019. Prior to that she served for many years as an NHS director in different roles including service planning and Human resources / Organisational development in West Yorkshire. Sue’s last role was doing development work to create a Health and Care learning Academy for the public sector staff in the city of Leeds.

Sue serves as Chair of the Trust’s wholly owned subsidiary, Barnsley Facilities Services (BFS) and the People Committee. She also attends the Finance an Performance Committee. Sue’s current term of office runs until 31 May 2025.

Kevin Clifford OBE,  Non-Executive Director

Retiring from the role of Chief Nurse at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group in August 2016, Kevin had held a range of Nursing and General Management posts in the NHS spanning over 38 years, including Chief Operating Officer for Sheffield PCTs Provider (Community) Services, and both Clinical Director of Operations and Nurse Director (Emergency Care) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He has been a registered Nurse since 1983, in addition completing a BSc in Nursing Studies and an MSc in Health Economics and Management. More recently completing the Kings Fund Top Manager Programme in 2011.

Kevin’s contribution to Nursing was recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours when he was awarded an OBE for his services.

In the last three years Kevin has developed a portfolio of Non-executive roles, including being a previous Chair of Trustees at Cavendish Cancer Care, a Sheffield based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Sheffield City Region. He is currently Non Executive Chair of Care Opinion CIC, an independent online patient experience platform where anyone can share their experience of Heath or care  services and help to improve  them. He is also a Director / Trustee  at Brigantia Learning Trust, a  2 – 19 Multi Academy Trust,  managing a number of schools and a Sixth Form College in the North East of Sheffield.

Kevin is Chair of the Quality and Governance Committee, and attends the People Committe. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Barnsley Facilities Services. Kevin’s current term of office runs until 30 November 2023.

Stephen Radford, Non-Executive Director

Stephen joined the Board in October 2021. He is a qualified accountant and has over 30 years of private and public sector experience gained across multiple sectors in the UK and internationally. Prior to this position, he was Associate Non-Executive Director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and has held other roles including Group and Divisional Finance Director, Head of Shared Services, Senior Vice President and Partner / Director roles in global management consultancies. Stephen lives locally in the Penistone area.

Stephen is Chair of the Finance & Performance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of our Joint Strategic Partnership Group. Stephen’s term of office will run until 10 October 2024.

David Plotts, Non-Executive Director

David joined the Board in October 2021. Prior to this position he has held a number of senior executive roles for both large and medium sized corporate MedTech businesses including Covidien Plc, Aerocrine AB and Healthcare 21 Group, in a career stretching over 26 years within the UK and European Medical Device Industry.

David, who has lived for the past 30 years in the immediate area of Barnsley hospital, is also a trustee on the board of High Green Development Trust, who support local enterprise development, children, disabilities, sports and arts for the communities of North Sheffield and South Barnsley.

David attends the Quality an Governance Committee and Audit Committees. He is also a member of the BFS Board. David’s current term of office runs until 30 November 2024.

Gary Francis, Non-Executive Director

Gary qualified as a doctor in 1979. He specialised in anaesthesia and became a consultant in Sheffield (in Neuroanaesthesia and Intensive Care) in 1991.

After performing various management roles and qualifying with management degrees, Gary pursued a leadership pathway and was appointed Executive Medical Director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust between 2010 and 2015.

Between 2015 and 2018 Gary took a leadership role in Qatar, assisting the government in developing the infrastructure and governance for the appointment of circa 10,000 medical and clinical staff in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.

Upon his return from the middle east, Gary established a consultancy and performed a number of interim roles prior to and during the pandemic.

Gary attends the Quality and Governance Committee and People Committee. His current term of office runs until 31 January 2026.

Hadar Zaman, Associate Non-Executive Director

Hadar Zaman is the current Head of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of Bradford where he leads degree programmes such as Pharmacy and Physician Associate together with a range of postgraduate diplomas for healthcare professionals.

Hadar is a qualified Pharmacist and still maintains his clinical practice as a Consultant Mental Health Pharmacist and before his appointment as Head of School, was a Chief Pharmacist. Hadar is research active and is interested in patient safety/human factors and works within the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Centre.

Hadar is also a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission and has provided expert advice to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and has done work with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence around guideline development.

Hadar attends the Quality and Governance and People Committees. Hadar’s current term of office runs until 30 September 2023.

Nahim Ruhi-Khan, Associate Non-Executive Director

A housing professional with over 30 years’ working in the public sector, Nahim is an experienced Housing Non-Executive Director with a career centred on delivering the best outcomes for service users.

She is currently the Head of Strategy and Investment at Leeds City Council with responsibility for the planning, commissioning, and delivery of an annual investment programme to over 54,000 homes. She has instigated a significant strategic shift to renewables using “Green technology” to improve thermal comfort and affordable warmth for vulnerable households.

Nahim is experienced in delivering large scale, complex programmes including new-build housing, major refurbishment and environmental improvements, and projects which have made a regenerative impact in priority neighbourhoods.

A skilled executive coach, Nahim is an advocate of equality and diversity, and is committed to supporting Barnsley hospital to create an environment that is inclusive for all patients, service users, and employees.

Nahim attends the Audit Committee and the Quality and Governance Committee. Her current term of office runs until 31 January 2024.

Neil Murphy, Associate Non-Executive Director

Neil has worked in IT for over 30 years, delivering services and projects across Healthcare Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

He spent 12 years with GSK before joining NHS Digital, and then moving to Australia to work for the National eHealth Transition Authority, implementing Australia’s National Healthcare Record System.

Neil is co-founder of ‘Converging Data’, a data analytics and cyber security business who are specialists in supporting large complex and highly regulated organisations, specifically Financial Services and Healthcare. Converging Data provided NHS Digital with cyber security and data analytics services playing a crucial role in supporting national services during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Neil stepped back from the company in 2022.

Barnsley is Neil’s hometown, and apart from five years in Australia, he has lived here his whole life. Neil has many friends and family in the area and hopes his experience can help to improve services to his local community.

Neil attends the Finance and Performance Committee. His current term of office runs until 31 January 2024.