Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to the Board.

The Board jointly oversees the activities of the hospital and, with input from the Council of Governors, sets the direction for the future of the hospital.

As Non-Executive Directors, newcomers Keely Firth and Philip Hudson will be in post for an initial term of three years.

Keely Firth

Keely is a qualified accountant with over thirty years experience in the NHS – across this part of the region – and is currently the Chief Finance Officer of Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Having previously worked in her hometown of Barnsley at the hospital, she continues to live locally and is also a voluntary trustee of a national charity – the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Philip Hudson

Philip is a lawyer whose experience is in commerce and industry. He was Group General Counsel at Booker plc., PowerGen plc. and Kelda Group plc.

He has spent the last 17 years working in the county and most recently was Director of Corporate Affairs and Group General Counsel at Drax Group plc. His current roles are as Chairman of Trustees of the Drax Group pension scheme, a director of Electricity Pensions Limited, a trustee at National Energy Action and Chairman of

the Board at Warm Zones CIC. He is also a consultant with Armstrong Bonham Carter, the corporate governance consultancy firm.

Stephen Wragg, Chairman of Barnsley Hospital, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome both Keely and Philip as our two new Non-Executive Directors to the Board.

“There is always great interest in these vacancies from some very high calibre candidates and Keely and Philip bring a wealth of experience to the role. They’re both very proud to live and work in the region, which is really important, and there’s a continuing national interest in Barnsley Hospital as a reputable place to work.”

Barnsley Hospital has seven Non-Executive Directors, including the Chairman, who sit alongside six Executive Directors, including the Chief Executive, on the Board of Directors.