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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

Bruce Warner

Bruce Warner

Chair of Trustees

Until he retired earlier this year, Bruce was 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 was appointed as the Deputy Chief Pharmacist for England with a particular focus on intermediate and primary care. He is also a Visiting Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Huddersfield and an Honorary Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Policy at Nottingham University where he is currently undertaking a research project on pharmacist prescribing.

Bruce and Julie have three grown up children and live in Sheffield with their rescue dog Sonny.

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Ted Daly


Ted was born in Rotherham 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.

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.

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, as well as being Honorary Secretary to the company’s charitable fund.

Her other interests 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.

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.

Rukhsana Haleem


Rukhsana has worked in the charity sector for over 14 years supporting victims of Domestic Abuse and Human Trafficking. She started her career journey by volunteering for a charity where she found a sense of purpose by supporting others. She later became CEO of the charity, allowing her to stay connected to the community and motivating her to support the vulnerable in our society.

Rukhsana is also the Local Councillor for Eastwood appointed in 2021, a member of Improving Lives Select Commission, a magistrate in South Yorkshire and a member of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel and Budget Working Group. 

Rukhsana has in-depth knowledge and experience within multiple levels of governance and strategic leadership roles which she is honoured to bring to the Hospice as a trustee.

In her free time, Rukhsana enjoys boxing, swimming and walking every morning along Moorgate Road –  do say hi if you see her!

James Locking - Trustee

James Locking


James is currently the Finance Director at Leeds Plywood & Doors Limited (LPD). James has worked in senior financial roles for over 20 years and prior to joining LPD was Chief Financial Officer of Pressure Technologies plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market. 

James has a passion for working with people and will bring his background in finance across several industries to support the Hospice and its management team for the future.

James is from and lives in Sheffield and has been married to Victoria for 14 years and they have one son, Noah. As a family they love outdoor walks and when they can to go on seaside holidays, preferably sunny! James is a massive Sheffield United fan (but won’t say too much about that for the moment!).

Karlie Thompson - Rotherham Hospice trustee

Karlie Thompson


Karlie is currently Associate Director of Communications at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in the NHS and across Local Authorities for 20 years, and before that within private consultancies.

Karlie has worked in operations – managing a team of over 3,000 and a budget of £30m; in transformation and running a programme management office delivering savings against significant financial challenges. Her true passion is communications and engagement and Karlie has a first class degree in Public Relations.

She is a Sheffield girl and has family roots into Rotherham. Karlie enjoys being active, listening to audiobooks, making a real difference to people and focusing on action. She has two small children, six chickens and a cockerel called Jonathan!

Katie Haddad - Rotherham Hospice Trustee

Katie Haddad


Katie is currently National Philanthropy manager for MHA, the largest charity care provider in the UK. She has worked in the health sector as a professional fundraiser for nearly 10 years across a range of charities including hospices, a medical research charity and Sheffield Hallam University. 

Katie specialises in fundraising through Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Partnerships and major gift fundraising.

Katie says, “I am very proud to be volunteering for Rotherham Hospice as a Trustee. The hospice movement is very close to my heart as I have experienced the excellent support and high standards of care when members of my family have been cared for in a hospice at their end of life.” 

Katie lives in Sheffield, has 3 children and loves to play tennis, walk her 2 dogs and entertain and cook for family and friends. 

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