Meet the team

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

 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.

 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. 

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.  

 

Mr Richard Finney

Mr Richard Finney

Trustee

Richard retired from full time employment in May 2017 at the age of 61.

 

Having worked in sport (mainly football), for all but two years of his working life since the age of 18, Richard recognises and understands the importance of team play and utilising everyone’s skills, ideas, experience and qualities to positively enhance what is achievable for an organisation.

 

Proud to be Rotherham born and bred, Richard has lived, in the Scholes/Thorpe Hesley area for 58 years out of the sixty one. . Attending Thorpe Hesley Junior school and then on to Old Hall Secondary, where Richard was honoured to be Head Boy in his final year.

 

Next stop was Thomas Rotherham College for “A” levels, whilst playing his football for Rotherham United Under 19 and Reserve sides, which lead to him being selected to represent the England Under 18 Amateur side on 5 occasions, and then making his first team debut for the Millers just two days after his 18th birthday.

 

Signing a professional contract with Rotherham United in the summer of 1974, Richard enjoyed just over 6 seasons, playing regular first team football, before, unfortunately, a knee injury halted his career at the age of just 24.

 

… and so started the rest of his working life.

 

An early role was three years in the marketing and commercial department at Rotherham United which was followed by 20 years as a member of the national management team that launched and established the National Football in the Community scheme, involving over 90 professional clubs in their local communities.

 

2007 saw Richard take the position of Chief Executive of the Titans Community Foundation for three years, then two years at Full Circle Learning, before finishing his working life at Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA. Richard, in 2007, was thrilled and honoured to become a Rotherham Ambassador for his contribution to local sport in Rotherham.

 

Married to Denise, with two married sons and two grandsons ….. Richard looks forward to being involved as a Trustee at the Rotherham Hospice, such a valued and valuable place in the hearts and minds of many Rotherham people.

Mr Robert Bloomer

Mr Robert Bloomer

Trustee

Robert was born in Birmingham but has lived in Barnsley for nearly 25 years with his wife, Julia, and four dogs.

Having graduated from City University, London with a degree in Civil Engineering, Robert became a Charted Engineer and worked in Design and Construction for several years. In 1990 he decided to pursue a new career path in Sales and Marketing, still within the Construction Industry. This led to varying positions including General Management and Business Development, helping to grow both the business and the people. Latterly Robert spent some years in the Healthcare Sector, providing pressure care solutions to hospitals and community based organisations.

Robert, like others before, wanted to put something back into the community by using some of the skills gained from the commercial world. Having previously served as a Chair of Governors at a Barnsley school, helping the Hospice is a role he is looking forward to.

 John Whaling

John Whaling

Interim Chief Operating Officer

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. 

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

 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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