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Board Members

Executive Directors

Dr Richard Jenkins, Interim Chief Executive
Richard Jenkins

Dr Richard Jenkins joined The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in February 2020 as interim Chief Executive on a part time basis. Richard is also currently the Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is one of the few qualified and clinically active Chief Executives in the UK. He has previously been the Medical Director for two NHS Trusts.

Richard graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1991 with an intercalated degree in virology as well as his medical degree. He was a trainee doctor in South Yorkshire until becoming a consultant in 2002, specialising in diabetes and endocrinology.


Michael Wright, Interim Deputy Chief Executive

Michael Wright 

Michael Wright joined The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in February 2020 as interim Deputy Chief Executive. 

Michael has worked across both the NHS and Department for Work and Pensions. Previous NHS roles include being a director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Director of Finance at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Dr Callum Gardner, Medical Director

Callum Gardner

Dr Callum Gardner joined the Trust in September 2018 as Interim Medical Director before being appointed to the substantive Medical Director role.

He is a consultant acute and general physician at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) with a sub-specialty interest in respiratory medicine. He also held the position of Divisional Director for the Emergency & Medicine division at NWAFT, leading the division from requires improvement to good in the 2018 CQC inspection. He has previously held a number of key roles including Deputy Medical Director and Associate Medical Director, and was a Doctor in the Royal Navy for almost 18 years.


Angela Wood, Chief Nurse 

Angela Wood 2019

Angela Wood joined the Trust in October 2018 as Interim Chief Nurse before being appointed to the substantive Chief Nurse position.

Angela, who has been nursing for 31 years, joined us from North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Interim Deputy Chief Nurse, on secondment from her substantive role as Deputy Director of Nursing at NHS England. She has held a number of senior nursing roles throughout her career, both strategic and operational, including significant experience in acute settings. She has a track record of achievement in quality, patient safety and patient experience agendas, and is passionate about patients receiving safe, good quality care.


Simon Sheppard, Director of Finance

 Simon Sheppard 2016

Simon Sheppard joined TRFT in November 2014 from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where he was Acting Director of Finance and, before that, Deputy Director of Finance and Procurement.
Simon started in the NHS on the Graduate Management Training Scheme and has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in large acute teaching hospitals including the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

George Briggs, Chief Operating Officer

George Briggs

George, who lives in Lincolnshire and has three children, has worked in the NHS for 30 years working in a variety of organisations including Trusts and CCGs. He has extensive experience as a general manager in a number of specialties including cardiology, intensive care and medicine.

George has also held a number of director positions in acute Trusts. Over recent years, George has enjoyed working in a number of interim roles across the UK which gave him the opportunity to support and learn from a number of NHS organisations.


Steven Ned, Joint Director of Workforce

Steven Ned

Steven Ned joined the Trust in April 2019 as Joint Director of Workforce with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He joined the Trust from Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where he was Director of HR and Deputy Chief Executive.

Steven has more than 30 years NHS experience and over 10 years working in senior roles within South Yorkshire.


Anna Milanec, Director of Corporate Affairs/Company Secretary 

Anna Milanec 2020

Originally from Staffordshire, Anna’s background is the financial sector, and offshore global corporate administration where she spent 18 years of her life. She has also held directorships roles at several international companies. Anna has more recently worked at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and, whilst her background is based around governance, risk management, compliance, processes, procedures and accountability, she believes that people are what really matters and is fascinated by different cultures and belief systems and appreciate the vivid landscape that each of us help to create.

Anna is a chartered secretary (fellow of ICSA), a fellow of the International Compliance Association with an international diploma in compliance, Member of the Institute of Directors, Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has a MSc in Corporate Governance and Administration.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys writing fiction, sailing and attempting photography.

Non-Executive Directors

Martin Havenhand, Chairman

 Martin Havenhand 2019  

Martin is a very experienced Chairman and Non-Executive Director. He has a wealth of Executive and Non-Executive experience from both the public and private sectors and is knowledgeable and experienced in regulated industries.

He also brings to the Trust extensive experience and knowledge of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw community which is invaluable as the Trust continues to develop and enhance local health care services for the future.

Term of office until 31 January 2023.


Heather Craven

Heather Craven 2019

Heather is a Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG and has spent most of her career working across a wide spectrum of industries at director levels including FTSE and AIM listed companies.

Since 2006 she has helped a number of organisations to identify operational and financial issues and weaknesses and has delivered solutions to resolve those problems. Heather is committed to using her skills and experience to assist the Trust in meeting the challenges it faces in delivering a quality healthcare service.

She is a keen golfer, gardener and traveller which fits around her work commitments and time spent with her husband and grandchildren.

Term of office until 28 February 2023. 

Mark Edgell

Mark Edgell 2019 

Mark joined The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-executive Director on 1 June 2012. He has lived in central Rotherham for over 30 years and has a deep commitment to the town, the Borough and South Yorkshire. He spent 13 years as a Councillor and was the Leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in the early 2000s until he resigned to take up a new role.

Mark has a first degree in economics and geography and a Masters degree in public sector economics. After initially working in retail management, Mark worked professionally as an economist before moving in to local politics. He currently works at a senior level advising and troubleshooting for local government (a post that precludes political activity).

Mark has a son, a daughter and also two step daughters. In his spare time he walks, plays squash, cycles and also sits as a Director (Trustee) on the Board of a national charity.

Term of office until 31 May 2020.

Joe Barnes

 Joe Barnes 2018 

Joe spent almost nine years as a Non-Executive Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust where, at various times, he was Chair of the Audit and Clinical Governance Committees, Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair.  He spent most of his career with British Coal and the Coal Pension Funds and he is a qualified accountant. 

In July 2016 the Council of Governors re-appointed Joe for a further three year term of office from September 2016.

Joe is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee

Term of office until 30 September 2020.

Lynn Hagger  

Lynn Hagger 

After careers in social work and legal practice, Lynn became a legal academic with lectureships at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and now Sheffield. She has taught administrative/public law, contract, environmental and European law but now specialises in healthcare law and ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has published extensively in this area including two books: The Child as Vulnerable Patient: Protection and Empowerment and A Good Death: Law and Ethics in Practice. In parallel with these activities, Lynn has been involved in the NHS for over 25 years, mostly as a Non-Executive Director of acute hospital boards.

She was Chair of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for nine years and more recently served as a Non-Executive Director at Leeds Teaching NHS Trust where she was Chair of the Quality Committee.

Lynn is married and has two sons and a daughter.

Term of office until 30 September 2021.


Michael Smith

Mike Smith NED

Michael was appointed in April 2019 and is an experienced Non Executive Director, currently on the Board at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, having previously served in a similar capacity at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

He has an Honours Degree in Law, a Masters in Business Administration. In 2016, Michael received his third degree - a Masters in Mental Health Law for which he was given a commendation.

Michael is a local man who lives in Wickersley. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and has been the President of Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. He is a volunteer director / trustee of the Magna Science Adventure Centre and is an enterprise adviser to a local Special School.

When not working, he enjoys travel and horse riding - preferably at the same time.

Term of office until 31 March 2022.


Nicola Bancroft

Nicola Bancroft

Nicola was appointed in October 2019. She has over 30 years commercial experience in the retail sector, having worked for Walgreens Boots Alliance in a number of senior finance leadership roles and for DFS where she was Group Chief Financial Officer.  Nicola is passionate about coaching and developing leaders and their teams to be at their best. 

She has a first class honours degree in accounting and finance and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. 

Nicola is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. 

Term of Office until 30 September 2022.


Rumit Shah

Rumit Shah

Rumit is currently a full-time practicing General Practitioner in Hatfield, Doncaster.  He arrived in the UK to pursue his further education from Kenya in 1977 at the age of 16.  A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Rumit initially followed a career path in Trauma and Orthopaedics.  His commitment to the NHS spans over 36 years and during this time he has been engaged in various capacities including with the Local Medical Committee (LMC), Primary Care Groups, Primary Care Trusts and he has now been elected to a be a Clinical Director of East Doncaster Primary Care Network.  He is also the Chair of Doncaster LMC.

Rumit has been a GP Appraiser, on the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) assessing General Practices, a GP member on the Area Prescribing Committee, and the Scheduled Drug Monitoring subcommittee of Doncaster CCG.

Dr Shah is a very keen advocate for excellent quality of care delivered in a timely fashion and in a safe environment with a clear emphasis on good communication.

Term of office until 31 December 2021.


The terms and conditions of appointment of the Non-Executive Directors are available on application to the Company Secretary, Anna Milanec, at Anna.Milanec@nhs.net or 01709 426821.