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Meet the team

At Rotherham Hospice

Our dedicated team

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

Welcome to Rotherham Hospice

Board of trustees

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 did 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.

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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.

Steve Lilley Trustee at Rotherham Hospice

Steve Lilley


Steve Lilley is Executive Director for Retail Operations at Card Factory, leading a team of over 7,000 colleagues across 1,000 stores in England and ROI. Steve has worked in Retail for over 20 years and prior to joining Card Factory worked in Argos for 18 years across many different roles, in store management, field management and central roles. Steve has a real passion for customers and colleagues and will bring his experience to support his Board colleagues and the management team.

Outside of work, Steve have been married to Berni for over 20 years and has four children, Courtney, Mitch, Carly and Jade, as well as two grandchildren, Paisley and Payton. They also have a 5th child, Bailey, their lovable Labrador. Steve is a keen golfer, although his handicap needs some serious work! Steve is also a passionate Sheffield United season ticket holder (although he doesn’t shout about that too much).

Steve is really looking forward to contributing and working with everyone at Rotherham Hospice.

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 14 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 many 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.   

Julia Gill

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 pound 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.

Rob 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.

Nick Brushett is a trustee at Rotherham Hospice

Nick Brushett


Nick is currently the Head of Operations at The Kings Active Foundation, a children’s not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to get children active, having fun and learning together.

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Nick schooled in Skipton at Ermysted’s Grammar School before attending Loughborough University where he studied English and Sports Science. On graduating, Nick joined Marriott Hotels, completing their Management Training programme. In 2009, Nick moved to Africa where he spent 4 years setting up sports camps for children in South Africa and Botswana whilst supporting the Outreach work delivered by the Kings Active Foundation to those in need. Nick spent a further 4 years in Executive Recruitment with Robert Walters, Johannesburg, before returning to the UK to take up his current role.

Bruce Warner


Bruce is the Deputy Chief Pharmacist for England. He started his career in community pharmacy and co-owned two pharmacies in Sheffield with his wife Julie who is also a pharmacist. In the late 90’s Bruce sold one of the pharmacies and went to work in what was then the Health Authority and was one of the first pharmacists to work in General Practice both in Sheffield and in Rotherham. At that time he also worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and gained valuable experience in the hospital sector.

Bruce then went on to work in academia and undertook his doctorate at the University of Derby with his research being in ’medication error’. That research led to Bruce’s first national job at the National Patient Safety Agency working on how to make taking medication safer and eventually being responsible for all of the clinical output of the agency.

In 2014 Bruce took up his current role at NHS England and now has a particular focus on intermediate and primary care. Bruce and Julie have three grown up children and live in Sheffield with their rescue dog Sonny.

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