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

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Rotherham Hospice Care Day Hospice Community Therapy Health and Wellbeing Healthcare Counselling Bereavement Support Phone South Yorkshire Bill Patterson

Bill Patterson

Chair of trustees

Bill worked for Vesuvius PLC  in the refractory industry (supplier to the steel industry) for nearly 30 years.During that period he held a number of positions including finance, commercial , sales and general management roles.

He has travelled extensively and has lived in India , South Africa and the USA before returning to his favourite part of the world , Yorkshire.

Born in the West coast of Scotland , he is now retired and lives with his wife , Trish , in Sheffield. He has two adult children.

His keen interests are golf , speakers club and walking his dog Alf.

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Ted Daly


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.

Rotherham Hospice Care Day Hospice Community Therapy Health and Wellbeing Healthcare Counselling Bereavement Support Phone South Yorkshire Jackie Saunders

Jackie Saunders


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.

Trish Gittins


Trish was born and brought up in Nantwich, Cheshire, the youngest of two sisters.  She lived in Cheshire until 1976 when she moved up to live in South Yorkshire and has been based there ever since.

Her working life was spent in the IT industry as a contract project manager, spending time in many different areas of the UK but always “coming home” to Yorkshire.

On retiring in 2013 Trish joined Rotherham Hospice as a volunteer on the inpatient unit and absolutely loved being part of the “hospice family”. Since becoming an inpatient volunteer she has widen her volunteering by working on the day unit and has also become part of the bereavement support team, giving support to family and friends following the death of a loved one.

Quite recently Trish has taken up the challenge of becoming a trustee and is looking forward to experiencing a different aspect of the amazing service the Hospice provides.

Trish lives in Laughton en le Morthen where she shares a home with her daughter Katherine, granddaughter Chloe and their three dogs.  Much of her spare time is spent dog walking, socializing with friends and taking lots of holidays!

Jane Gillings


Jane was born in Rotherham and attended Clifton Comprehensive school. Following studies at Rotherham College of Art and Technology, she commenced her career at British Steel in a secretarial role. In 1996 she was transferred across to leading IT organisation, Capgemini.

Jane moved into a role in Human Resources (HR) and successfully completed her professional qualification, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), she is now at Fellow level. Jane has spent over 30 years working in HR roles including HR Manager, Head of Resource Management and Executive Recruitment Manager.

In 1998 Jane was President of Rotherham Junior Chamber of Commerce. This was an organisation for young professionals, which involved business and social events and fund raising in the local community. She joined Junior Chamber to complement her evolving work career and enjoyed travels to America and Europe, attending conferences.

Jane now works part time for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council as a Registrar. Her role is focussed on marriages, something which she really enjoys.

In her spare time, Jane enjoys walking, gardening, travelling, going to concerts and is an avid cook.

Jane had been looking for a volunteer opportunity to enhance her personal and professional development and is delighted to become a Trustee at Rotherham Hospice.

Kerry McGrath


Kerry was born and brought up in Rotherham.  She volunteered in a number of different roles since the age of 14yrs and graduated with a BA Hons. In Societies and Cities from Sheffield Hallam University in 2004.  With a passion for volunteering and community development, she pursued a career in the voluntary sector and has worked for a local charity for the last 13 years.     

A qualified volunteer manager and trainer, she has experience in events management and working with a range of local groups and charities to embed good practice in re: to volunteer recruitment and management.    She is also a trained facilitator for the Active Citizens Programme; a British Council funded project that is delivered in over 48 countries around the world and has welcomed many volunteers to Rotherham from a range of countries and developed a packed itinerary for their visit, so that they could learn about the voluntary sector and local decision making structures.  

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, socialising with friends and visiting new places.  

Kerry wanted to give something back to a local charity and hopes to draw on her experience in volunteer management and events. She is looking forward to the new role and hopes to make a positive contribution to the excellent work that the Hospice undertakes.   

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John Fox


John spent his early career working in the Mining Industry for British Coal then private mining contracting firms, finally ending up as a contracts Director with a national mining contractor. He is from Doncaster and spent his mining career in and around the area, with the odd short spell in the Midlands and North Yorkshire.

Following on from early in his career John moved into business and developed a broader knowledge in the main disciplines of running small to medium-sized businesses.  These skills led him to opportunities in business consultancy, initially in government-funded support than private consultancy.

John has predominately worked as a business consultant and acted as a Non-Executive Director over the past 25 years.   This work has led to roles working with both the private and public sectors as well as a charitable status company.

John now works for the council in Rotherham as a Key Account Manager in the Rotherham Investment and Development Office team. He also acts as a business adviser and consultant to companies in Rotherham.

John is a keen rugby union fan (ex-player with Doncaster) and loves to cook and eat good food, usually accompanied by a nice bottle of wine, and loves attending live music events and festivals.  I have been attending the Glastonbury festival since 2000, as well as a number of other music festivals.

John and his wife have 4 children between us, all grown up and left home, with the youngest still at University.  They have recently become grandparents for the first time.

They love to travel and see new places, as well as regularly visiting Murcia in Spain, one of their favourite getaway destinations.

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Julie Gill


For over 25 years, Julie worked as Company Secretary and Executive Director – Operations for a South Yorkshire health insurance company.  She brings a wealth of strategic, operational management and board-level committee membership experience accrued within a constantly changing and highly regulated financial services sector environment.

Her wide span of responsibilities included managing £multi-million business critical transformation and investment projects, driving forward an award-winning customer service to maximise effectiveness and efficiency in its delivery, management of investment properties and the facilities management function, day to day management of HR, pension and payroll functions, implementing robust financial management, budget planning and governance controls by assessing and mitigating key areas of risk.  As well as being Honorary Secretary to the Company’s charitable fund.

Her other interests and pastimes have included being a school Governor, working as a Director/Trustee of a local homeless charity; being a member of the Joint Independent Audit Committee for South Yorkshire Police and the Crime Commissioner Office; holidays in the sun; spending time with her family both in Sheffield and up north; running/walking and socialising with friends.

Robert Jackson


Rob is married and has three sons, daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren, all of whom live in South Yorkshire, He was born and grew up in Leicester where he met his wife.

Although now retired, Rob’s career was mostly spent working in the field of Human Resources; an area where he gained his professional qualifications and worked in the Gas Industry for 25 years in a number of posts and locations.

He moved to South Yorkshire in 1988 with his job and later spent a few years in a managerial role in the NHS, in West Yorkshire, before moving on to the Probation Service in South Yorkshire as HR Manager, when he retired 8 years later.

Rob’s life in retirement is always busy; he takes a full and active part in the Judiciary serving as a Justice of the Peace in South Yorkshire which is something he has done for over twenty years. As a family man, his grandchildren keep him very occupied and his varied interests include walking, visiting places of interest, ornithology and socialising with friends.

He feels it is a privilege and honour to be able to serve on the Board of Trustees. It is Rob’s proud aim to be able to offer a positive and effective contribution to the already excellent work of Rotherham Hospice.

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Paula Wood


Paula was born and continues to live in Yorkshire and has two adult children.

Currently she is the Head of IT Service Management and Service Assurance for a government department, following a long period in the private sector.

A Business Strategist, accompanied with over 25 years of International Corporate experience and success in Programme and IT Operational and Transformational Change Management, managing projects worth over £4 billion.  She has also been instrumental in the creation of new organisations in the UK, India and Spain. Her engagement and delivery style are a mix of energy, enthusiasm and tenacity that inspires and motivates.

Her other interests have been professional coaching (being a member of Aspire Foundation supporting Leaders in International Charities), a volunteer Police Officer and a Chairperson of a Pre-School.

Paula feels extremely privileged to be able to be part of the Rotherham Hospice and on the Board of Trustees.  Her aim is to bring her experience and knowledge to help benefit the excellent work that the Hospice undertakes and the amazing service it provides to the patients and their families.

Sarah Valentine-Bull


Sarah has over 25 years of operational and accounting experience, working for the last 8 years in her own businesses supporting clients on transformational projects and national operations, with a strong focus of streamlining processes to enhance profitability for SME and corporate clients.  Through collaboration with stakeholders at all levels, from the boardroom to the frontline, Sarah identifies opportunities for improvement and develop structures and strategies to realise these,

My background is in operations, governance and risk for a major insurer, and I am a CIMA qualified accountant, and has knowledge spanning a variety of sectors. Throughout my career, I have delivered success amid challenging economic and organisation change.

I enjoy supporting organisations across the Yorkshire Region and as Trustee of Rotherham Hospice I look forward to helping them continue their journey and contribution to the Rotherham area both in hospice facilities and the amazing work with the wider community.

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