Meet the team

Meet our dedicated team who work very hard to look after our patients, their families and friends.

 Lynda Shelton

Lynda Shelton

Chairperson

Lynda has had the privilege of being a Trustee for the Hospice since 2000 and in recent years as Vice Chairman and now as our Chairman.
Lynda's childhood was spent in Kenya and the South of England. Eventually forty years ago she found South Yorkshire and “home”.
Professionally Lynda graduated and trained in what was then called Personnel Management and worked either in the public or voluntary sectors. Her last substantive job was as a Regional Director with the mental health charity MIND with responsibility for professional training programmes and developing community projects and advocacy services for clients.
Lynda has chaired a selection of NHS bodies including a Trust providing community services and the former Rotherham Health Authority.
She also served as a Magistrate for thirty years in the Adult and Family Courts. Within her local community Lynda was a founder member for an advice centre and a development trust.
Lynda's interests span the arts but especially music, drama and sculpture. Lynda is also a keen gardener and cook. 

Professor Barry Hancock

Professor Barry Hancock

Vice-Chairman

Barry is Emeritus Professor in Oncology (Cancer Medicine), University of Sheffield, having retired in 2009. He was born in London but has lived in Sheffield for over 50 years and has grown very fond of South Yorkshire and its people.
He was always, foremost, a clinician with a high priority of attaining the best possible standards of care for patients. His research paralleled his clinical and teaching interests, and his work has been acknowledged by local, national and internationally conferred honours, including the British Oncological Association "Excellence in Oncology" lifetime achievement award, 2008.

His OBE (2009) was for services to Medicine and Healthcare. He works with several charities (including St Luke's Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Weston Park Cancer Support Centre) and has been ardently involved with Rotherham Hospice since 2009. As a Trustee he chairs the Clinical Strategy Committee.
Among his many outside interests he is a keen railway buff and, with his wife Helen, loves watching wildlife

 Jeremy Neal

Jeremy Neal

Vice Chairman

Born in 1963 in Rotherham the eighth child of twelve children to Dr’s Frank and Mary Neal. His mother a GP in Rotherham and father a Consultant Oncologist and General Manager of Weston Park and Sheffield Dental Hospital.

He attended St. Bede’s Catholic Primary school then St. Bernard’s Catholic High School. As a child he was a Cub Scout, Scout, Venture Scout and later Scout Leader. He sang in St. Mary’s Church Choir and served on the altar until he was 23. In addition he was a member of the youth action group and the Parish Council.

Being a keen musician he plays the piano, guitar, viola and drums and was a member of the  Rotherham Young Symphonia Orchestra.

After School he attended College where he obtained a diploma in Business Management and then went on to study for his Diploma in Funeral Directing in Leeds.

Jeremy married in 1985 having a daughter that year and a son three years later. When the children were at school he became a founder member of the Parent Teacher Association. He took over the running of the church choir, joined Forty Martyrs Parish Council and became chair of the maintenance Committee. He also accepted an invitation to be a Foundation governor at St. Bede’s School becoming chair, a position he held for 10 years.

At 41 Jeremy decided to go into business on his own setting up Maltby Independent Funeral Service Ltd. During the following five years the business grew so he opened a second office in Rotherham, J. P. Neal Independent Funeral Service.

Once the funeral business was established he formed PJ Properties. A buy to let business with a difference. PJ Properties rents houses to those in need of affordable housing at reduced rents.

At present along with being a member of the Hospice Board Jeremy is a director of the Morthyng Group Ltd and a member of the Rotherham Scout Executive.

 

 Ted Daly

Ted Daly

Trustee

Ted was born in Rotherham in 1956 and was brought up in Bramley with his brother and four sisters.  He studied medicine at Sheffield Medical School and came back to Rotherham to do his General Practitioner training which he completed in 1985. He then practiced as a GP in South Yorkshire, Australia and The Cayman Islands before working for 2 years with Voluntary Service Overseas as a District Medical Officer in a remote area of Northern Zambia. He has been a GP partner at Swallownest Health Centre since 1991 and enjoys all aspects of family medicine. In 1997 he joined a small team of doctors covering the newly opened Hospice inpatient unit and this helped him develop his interest and skills in palliative care. He continued in this role until 2010 when the inpatient unit expanded to 14 beds. He continues to work closely with the Hospice at Home team and the Hospice Community Nurse Specialists in providing the best possible care for patients with advanced cancer and end stage disease.

Ted lives near Clifton Park, next door to where he was born, and is married to Jude who is also a GP in the town. They have two grown up sons. He is a keen swimmer and cyclist and both he and Jude are doing the Big 20 cycle to Paris for the hospice in September 2016.He also enjoys winter skiing, water skiing on Treeton Dyke and sailing and achieved his day skipper sailing qualification in 2015. He has recently taken up modern jive dancing.

 Jackie Saunders

Jackie Saunders

Trustee

Jackie is a Chartered Accountant and since 1989 has been a partner in the firm of Allotts, a long established firm of Chartered Accountants in Rotherham. She had previously trained with one of the ‘Big 4’ firms of accountants and after several career moves returned to Allotts, where she had worked as a student, to take up a role as senior manager and then partner.

Whilst being a general practitioner, her specialism is in the area of audit, with particular emphasis on the charity sector and she brings this professional expertise to her role at the Hospice where she serves on the Finance committee, having been appointed a trustee in 2015. Her professional qualifications include a Diploma in Charity Accounting which was achieved through the ‘experience’ route.

Jackie has been a governor of the local FE college for almost 10 years, the appointment ceasing on the merger of the college in early 2016. She has served on the audit committee, including holding the position of chair for a period. She served as Treasurer of the RDGH Gamma Scanner appeal committee for several years , and was a board member of the Beadle Morthyng Memorial Trust  which raised funds to help assist young people to access higher education who had been unable to do so through the ‘normal’ route, for whatever reason.

Jackie is an active Rotarian in the town, and has previously been a member of Soroptimist International in Rotherham and Rotherham Ladies Circle. She continues to fundraise with Rotherham Round Table at Christmas time.

She is married to Ian with one daughter who is working in London as a trainee Maritime Engineer.

 Libby Thompson

Libby Thompson

Trustee

Libby, inspired to support Rotherham Hospice following a visit in Autumn 2013, believes her experience in a demanding Sales and Marketing role in the Metals Industry can be equally applied to raising the profile and ultimately the income of the Hospice. Whilst Libby hails from Rotherham, having spent her childhood only a few minutes from the Hospice, her career in International Sales and Marketing, has taken her around the world. Libby graduated with a BA Hons in International Business Studies with French and Spanish at Sheffield Hallam University. Fluent in both languages having lived and worked in France and Spain, she went onto work in Export Sales at AES Engineering, followed by 18 years at London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co Limited. During this time, she was responsible for Group Marketing and Business Development and heading up the International Sales Team. More recently Libby joined her husband, Steve, at FMS, their small engineering company based at the AMRC in Sheffield. As Commercial Director, specialising in recycling and the supply of filtration equipment, Libby is hoping to further grow and develop the business in the UK advanced machining sector. Her next big challenge is to learn Italian, to strengthen relations with their main business partner in Italy, fortuitously based just outside Venice! This recent career move has enabled Libby to spend more time with twelve year old daughter, Hannah, as well as devote time to the Hospice. In her spare time Libby enjoys entertaining family and friends and is known to excel at retail therapy!

 Bronwen Watson

Bronwen Watson

Trustee

Bronwen has always lived in Rotherham and is married with a grown up family and grandchildren. Her hobbies include Family History, gardening, socialising, travel and Rotherham United.
Bronwen was Family Learning Co-ordinator for Rotherham Council working across communities and schools. She has been involved in children's education as a School Governor for over 25 years and is Chair of Governors at a Primary School with a Children's Centre. As an Additional Governor at schools in challenging circumstances Bronwen helps other Governors improve their role.
Bronwen volunteered to help adults with learning difficulties and this gave her a lifelong interest in ensuring information was made available in suitable ways for all Rotherham's residents.
Bronwen has had responsibility for a variety of roles which have given her many skills including:
chairing meetings, managing agendas, formulating questions, setting timescales, analysing budgets, authorising spending plans, organising interviews, Human Resources, presentations, speaking at national conferences, delivering training and helping and encouraging families to learn together.
Bronwen helps Rotherham Hospice because she has seen the excellent support the Hospice provides to friends and family when their illnesses require specialist care. Bronwen wanted to continue to use the skills she has and on retirement it seemed sensible to see if the Hospice could use these to help them develop their excellent work.
 

 John Whaling

John Whaling

Trustee

John is married to Jayne and they have 4 grown up children and 3 grandchildren. Having attended Wath Grammar School and Sheffield City Polytechnic he joined local company, Sheffield Insulations Limited (which later became SIG plc) in 1979 as a trainee computer programmer. He had a number of promotions over the coming years and was appointed to the board of directors in April 1989 where he served for 22 years seeing the turnover of the business rise from £100 million to a peak of £3 billion. 

After retiring from SIG he started a consultancy business and spent just over 2 years with a £10 million turnover local charity and was the technical consultant on the construction of the New York Stadium. He also became Chair of local charity The Include Foundation and a director of a charity providing low cost office space to new start ups in Rotherham called The Freespace Foundation. He is now semi retired but still holds a number of directorships with local companies whom he mentors.  

John has always been involved with sport and played Rugby Union for Wath before moving to Dinnington in 1980 where he later became club captain. He then became involved with Sheffield Eagles RLFC and became a director of the club in 1999 and was the President of The Rugby Football League 2011/2012. He was Chairman of Rotherham Metro Swimming Club and was instrumental in moving them from a private club to a company limited by guarantee when they took on full responsibility for running competitive swimming in Rotherham when the council withdrew their support. 

John's first contact with the Hospice was when they cared for his father in law in 2013. In March 2014 together with his son James, son-in-law Matt Payne and close friend Adam Hughes, he raised almost £4,000 for the Hospice by visiting all 92 football league grounds in less than 92 hours. He became a Trustee in 2015 and uses his business experience to help reduce the cost of products and services and provide support to the executive board. 

 David Wheater

David Wheater

Trustee

David was born in Rotherham in 1942 and qualified here as a Chartered Accountant in 1965. He spent all of his working life as a Chartered Accountant mainly in public practice in Rotherham and Sheffield. He was President of the Sheffield & District Society of Chartered Accountants in 1996/97. His practice was taken over by Allotts in 2003 and he gradually reduced his involvement over the next few years. David is still employed by his son's computer businesses as an accountant on a part-time basis.

Margaret and David were married in 1966 and live on Broom Lane. They have 2 sons, Chris  and Tim , and a daughter, Becky. They all live within about 30 minutes’ drive from David. Tim and Becky each have a young daughter and a son who keep David occupied.

David spends most of his time looking after his grand-children, garden, home, Margaret and himself in that order but does spend a few weeks each year in Nice where the family have an apartment. Despite learning French since he was about 12, David is still not at all confident in speaking the language.

David has used his accountancy and business background to support the Hospice since 2007.

Professor Robert Rees

Professor Robert Rees

Trustee

Robert Rees

Robert was born in Cardiff and grew up in a rural community in South Wales. Having lost his father to cancer at an early age, Robert embarked on a career in science and graduated from Surrey University in 1970 and obtained his Doctorate from Sheffield University in 1973. He then worked at Nottingham University, funded by The Cancer Research Campaign and subsequently as a Yorkshire Cancer Research Scientist at Sheffield Medical School, before moving to Nottingham Trent University. Robert has spent his career researching into how immunity can be used to fight cancer and he is currently Professor of Tumour Biology and the Director of The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham. 

Robert and his wife Lynda live in Broadway, Sheffield, but have previously lived in Nottingham and in Washington DC and Philadelphia in the 1980’s. They have two grown up children, David and Sian, who now have their own families and live in Taiwan and Manchester respectively. Robert and Lynda spend their leisure time with their three grandchildren and enjoy walking, travel and music and they regularly attend concerts and theatre shows. 

Robert is interested in a variety of sports, belongs to a local gym and aside from his "day job” he spends much of his time fundraising for cancer research and giving talks to cancer patient support groups and organisations involved in cancer awareness. Recently he joined the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity Advisory Panel as external assessor for research proposals. In becoming a Trustee of the Hospice, Robert hopes to use his experience to the benefit of the Charity and is involved in matters concerning Clinical Governance and Fundraising.  

 

 Christopher Duff

Christopher Duff

Chief Executive

I Joined Rotherham Hospice as Chief Executive in December 2014.  I was previously the Workforce Director of MacIntyre Charity which provided support to children and adults with learning disabilities across 130 services in England and Wales.

I have built a career at a senior level in Care, Learning and Skills, and Regeneration, including: Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chief Executive of the Sector Skills Development Agency and Executive Director of the Learning and Skills Council South Yorkshire. 

I was also the Chief Executive of Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Training and Enterprise for 8 years – a role I enjoyed very much. 

I have wide experience of leading organisations and teams in the public and private sectors and of managing organisational change. 

I am married to Anne and have three children, the youngest of whom has severe learning disabilities.  

Dr Fiona  Hendry

Dr Fiona Hendry

Medical Director

Fiona has been a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in Rotherham since 2005, becoming the hospice medical director in 2011.

After qualifying as a doctor in 1993, from Southampton University, Fiona initially trained in general practice in North Yorkshire and then after a 6 month post at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds, decided to pursue a career in Palliative Medicine working initially in West Yorkshire before moving south!

Her particular interests are working in the community supporting patients at home, as well as being responsible for the inpatient beds at the hospice.

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 Paula Hill

Paula Hill

Director of Clinical Services

 Catherine Woollen

Catherine Woollen

Finance Director

 Aaron Firth

Aaron Firth

Director of Marketing & Fundraising

Aaron joined Rotherham Hospice in January 2017 having worked for two years at Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield. 
 
He started his career in the commercial sector co-founding a manufacturing company, has worked as a business consultant, Operations Director and most recently as Sales and Marketing Director for a manufacturing company based in Rotherham. 

Outside of work Aaron is a qualified Rugby coach and coaches children at his local Rugby Club, a school governor and Co-organises a Soapbox Derby event for charity in his home village. 

 
Aaron is married to Bec and has two young children, 12 and 8.
 Diane Keeley

Diane Keeley

Head of Patient and Family Support Services

I have lived and worked in Rotherham all my life.  I began my career with Rotherham Borough Council in 1987 until 2013 working in a variety of roles.  I trained and moved into the Social Work profession in 2004.  My areas of Social Work have included general Older People Services, Physical and Learning Disabilities and latterly Community and Hospital Older People’s Mental Health Services.   

I have been employed by Rotherham Hospice since July 2013 as Head of Patient and Family Support Services.  I love my role here and feel extremely privileged to be part of our patient and their families experience at such an emotionally challenging and important time in their lives.  My role involves managing a wonderful team of paid and volunteer staff who provide adult and children’s pre and post bereavement support, nurse counselling, psychology and carer support services.    I am also closely involved in the health and wellbeing day therapy services and supporting our chaplaincy service.

I am a real people person and enjoy socialising, music, theatre and dancing.  In contrast I also have a love of quiet time, nature and the countryside.  Spending quality time with my friends, daughter, the rest of my family and my dog are also very important to me.

 

 Kelsi Sukumar

Kelsi Sukumar

Head of Inpatient Services

 

I qualified as a nurse in 1997 at Rotherham Foundation Trust.

After working 7 years on a Colorectal and Breast surgery ward, I moved to a secondment opportunity with the Palliative Care team.

In 2006 I started as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative care. During this time I achieved my Masters Degree to enhance my knowledge and the care given to patients and families.

In 2012 I joined Rotherham Hospice as the Senior sister of the Inpatient unit, which has now developed into the Head of Inpatient and Day Therapy services. As well as Nurses and Healthcare Support workers, I manage the complimentary Therapy service and part of the Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy teams.

I live locally in Rotherham with my husband and two children and an assortment of animals!

I enjoy spending time with family and friends and doing activities with my young children. As a family we also enjoy foreign travel and holidays. I like to bake and have a keen interest in antiques and period collectables.

 

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