Meet the Governors

The Governors are your representatives and you can contact them via the Foundation Trust Office on 0114 2714322 or by email

Kaye Meegan, Public Governor, North Sheffield – Elected 2020

Following a break of over three years I’m glad to have been re-elected as a Governor representing North Sheffield. I’ve been a member of the Trust since 2003 and before retiring worked most of my adult life in nursing in the NHS both within general hospital wards and mental health here in Sheffield.

The NHS had many challenges pre-COVID but is currently having to find new ways of doing things and I am keen to be part of the conversation about ensuring that best care for patients remains at the centre of the Trust’s decisions. Although social distancing means that we’re not having face-to-face meetings at the Trust I have learnt to keep in touch virtually and am still part of a research group looking at cardio thoracic innovations and treatments as well as Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) which looks at the environment within the hospitals and other healthcare settings. I’m keen to help and influence anything which makes the journey of patients, visitors and staff a simpler and more pleasant outcome.

Sheila Reynolds, Public Governor, South West Sheffield – Elected 2020

I was born in Sheffield and live in South West Sheffield with my family. I worked in the NHS as a nurse for many years, mostly in the Sheffield hospitals. I retired from the NHS in 2016 after 45 years and I am now looking forward to the opportunity to represent the interests of both members of the Trust and of the public during this challenging time.

I am passionate about maintaining and advancing quality care and keeping patients at the heart of the service. As a Governor I am keen to work with the Trust to continue to improve the patient experience and promote its development and to positively contribute to the ongoing and future success of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Shirley Sherwood, Patient Governor – Elected 2020

I would like to thank Trust Members who took the time to vote in these challenging and difficult times and a special thanks to Patient Members who voted for me. I am really looking forward to the next few years as a Governor and I’m keen to be involved in conversations about ensuring a safe environment in hospital and in the community for both staff and patients is a priority for the Trust. We have all had a most unusual time recently to say the least but as ever the people of South Yorkshire have pulled together to help the vulnerable and the NHS. We really need to look after each other and protect our NHS. We certainly have our work cut out but working as a team I am sure that with time and energy we will do all we can.

Jo Bishop, Public Governor North Sheffield – Elected 2020

After a break from the role of Governor I am extremely pleased to have been re-elected as a Governor representing North Sheffield. I am looking forward to working alongside other Governors through the changes we are all facing. Before I retired I worked a Weston Park Hospital and I have seen the work done in our hospitals by such amazing staff. The care and safety of patients is the top priority for our hospitals and as a Governor I will be taking a real interest in this area along with the patient environment.

Jane Pratt, Public Governor West Sheffield – Elected 2020

I grew up in Bakewell, trained as a general nurse and midwife in Bristol and Dorset before coming to work in Sheffield in 1978, I worked at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals up to my retirement from intermediate care services in 2018.

My interest in becoming a Governor is to give back a little to the organisation that has given my family and me so much over the years and to help the community where I live to feel that hospital services are meeting their needs. I am particularly interested in good communication across boundaries such as culture; language; mobility; life style and impaired cognition in a way that allows people to feel comfortable using the services, reduces distress in unfamiliar environments and increases understanding of the services offered.


Steve Jones, Patient Governor – Re-elected 2020

Steve worked as a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University between 2004 and 2017, specialising in school leadership in highly disadvantaged communities, educational policy and internationalisation.

He spent much of his working life as a secondary school teacher in South Yorkshire before completing a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. Steve also served as a member of Sheffield City Council, representing an inner city area for the Labour party, also having been council deputy leader and chair of the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority.

As a governor Steve aims to utilise his lifelong personal commitment to the NHS, close knowledge of Sheffield communities, and experience of working in partnership with local organisations. He is keen that our Sheffield hospitals continue providing high quality care, innovative practice, an excellent everyday patient experience, and a close involvement with partners in our city communities.

Michelle Cook – Patient Governor – Elected 2021

I am pleased to have been elected again as a governor. I am a long time patient of the Trust at both the Northern General and the Royal Hallamshire and have seen first-hand during my own excellent treatment the hard work of staff. I recognise the importance of patient involvement and I intend to be a voice for patients. Having helped rebuild mine and my family’s health, both in hospital and in the community, I want to give something back as the Trust face the challenges ahead.

Paul Dore – Public Governor – South East Sheffield - Elected 2021

Having trained as an Aircraft Engineer and spending over 10 years in the Royal Air Force, I settled in Sheffield with my wife in 2016. The same year, I transferred my engineering experience into a Surgical Engineering role, specialising in the operating theatre environment.

I am delighted to have been elected to the role of Governor and will strive to ensure that the Trusts’ and more importantly, the Patients’ best interests are at the forefront of any decisions I make. In what has been a most challenging year, I look forward to hearing many and varied opinions on where we see the Trust post-pandemic.

I hope to meet many of you in person soon so that we can all, together, strive to make Sheffield Teaching Hospitals the best they can be.




Lewis Noble, Public Governor, West Sheffield - Re-Elected 2021

Originally from the West Country Lewis trained in Sheffield as a social worker and has spent almost all his adult life here. He worked at the Spinal Injuries Centre at Lodge Moor and latterly at the Northern General Hospital. Lewis retired from full-time work in 2006 and then worked part-time as a consultant to a spinal cord injury care provider, visiting hospitals and spinal cord injured people throughout England and Wales.

As a new Governor, Lewis says it is difficult to predict the role he can most usefully play – he is still getting to grips with the structures and processes involved. In view of his work and personal experience he is interested in issues such as discharge planning and the interface between care inside and outside hospital. He has also always been interested in issues around medical ethics. He is looking forward to making a contribution.

Joe Saverimoutou, Public Governor, Sheffield South West, Re-Elected 2021

Joe is originally from the Republic of Mauritius. He trained as a nurse in 1973 and worked on the Intensive Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital. In 1978 became a senior nursing lecturer at the University of Sheffield and principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, retiring in 2010.

As a Governor Joe will endeavour to ensure that the Trust continues to be run with the needs of patients at the heart of everything it does, delivers quality care and remains true to the principles upon which the NHS rests. He believes that quality care is a right that all patients should expect from their local hospitals and he wants to dedicate his time and energy to supporting the Trust in working towards excellence in health care.

As well as a passion for the NHS Joe also chair’s the Sheffield Environmental Movement, a charity that works to facilitate people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee (BAMER) communities to access the natural environment to help promote their health and wellbeing.



Ian Merriman, Public Governor, South East Sheffield, Re-Elected 2021

Ian has lived in Sheffield all his life. After serving his apprenticeship as a toolmaker he progressed to become manager of the computer controlled machine section then moved on to become technical and service director of a materials handling company in Manchester and prior to retirement he was quality manager at a company in Huddersfield.

Since retiring Ian has been involved in voluntary work visiting patients prior to surgery on the Chesterman Wards at NGH, is also a member of the Sheffield Open Heart Club (SHOC) and is involved with the Stroke Unit at RHH talking about his experiences as a carer of a stroke victim. Ian is also involved in stroke research (Aphasia) jointly with the NHS and the University of Sheffield.

Ian believes that his experiences as a former patient on the heart unit at NGH and as a carer will help in his new role as a governor.

Martin Hodgson, Patient Governor – Re-Elected 2022

I am pleased to have been re-elected, it will be a privilege to continue to serve as one of your governors. I am currently lead governor and a member of the Council of Governors Nomination and Remuneration Committee and of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board. These have been times of change, difficulty and a massive national and global health emergency. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has performed better than many hospital trusts during this time, particularly in handling COVID pressures, but the task of recovering from the pandemic is enormous. And, as a recent CQC inspection has shown, there is room for improvement in the Trust’s patient care. It is important that your Board drive the recovery and improvements forward vigorously, and that governors are watchful of their progress.


Mark Wilcox – Public Governor – Outside Sheffield - Elected 2021

I’m very pleased to be elected as a Governor and look forward to getting involved with STH.

My links to STH are due to having a lifesaving operation at Northern General over 5 years ago. I now have an annual check-up and consider myself a satisfied customer of the Trust and a walking advert of the quality service.

I live near Holmfirth (20 Miles away) and represent the Outside Sheffield Constituency. I have many links with the city, having been involved in various projects over the years, including a Cycle for Health programme run from several parks in Sheffield.

As a Governor I would like to draw on many years research, education and training in a wide range of organisations. My work revolved around quality management and I also have a keen interest in environmental concerns. So my focus will be on the effective use of facilities and resources with a critical eye on the carbon footprint.

Felister Heeley, Public Governor, North Sheffield - Elected 2022

I would like to say a big thank you to those who elected me to be one of the North Sheffield public governors. My nursing career spans over 20 years in the NHS having worked in STH within critical care, followed by a successful career as a specialist community public health nurse in Sheffield. I am now working within academia as a university teacher. I am passionate about safe and quality care delivery driven by innovation and underpinned by the best evidence-based practice. STH will like other NHS Trust is facing challenges in the post pandemic recovery phase. As a public governor, I intend to support STH in its endeavours to provide excellent care. I will do my upmost to represent your views to ensure that care is safe, effective, coordinated, and equitable. I believe my experience within the NHS and academia will enable me to be a critical friend to STH.

Harold Sharpe, Patient Governor - Re-Elected 2022

I am delighted to have been re-elected for a further term of office. As a governor I have brought my experience of being a patient and of having a disability to bear on the broad range of issues I have been involved with. I am a member of the Quality Board and the Council of Governors’ Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC). These Committees have a direct impact on the kind of service patients’ experience. The Quality Board is concerned with care and clinical practices. The NRC is responsible for recruiting the Chair of the Trust and the Non-Executive Directors.

My involvement with these Committees, together with other activities as a governor, has been to seek to improve the patient experience and ensure that patients are cared for by staff who understand their needs and engage with them as equals in a dignified and supportive manner, ensuring their needs are met effectively and efficiently.

It will be a privilege to continue as a governor and I pledge to continue to represent the needs of patients and, along with fellow governors, support the Board in taking the Trust forward in these very challenging times. I was born with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and have been involved in the NHS for all my life, as a governor I am pleased to have the opportunity to give something back.


Steve Bell, Public Governor, West Sheffield – Elected 2022

Hello, I have recently been elected as a public governor for West Sheffield. I am a retired ex- chartered physiotherapist having spent the last 18 years of my working life at senior management level for a national charity – the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

I stood for election as a governor with three key aims: to assist the Trust in its strategic development and implementation, particularly in post COVID recovery; to be a voice for patients and members across my elected area, ensuring timely access to services and in particular, for hard-to-reach communities and continued improvement in the quality of care.


Jim Steinke, Patient Governor – Elected 2022

I am delighted to have been elected as a patient governor at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The NHS is such a fantastic organisation, but we need to constantly find ways in which it can be more accountable to the communities it serves while also ensuring that those communities have a voice. I believe that being a governor is a key part of achieving that in Sheffield. I have spent most of my working life managing homeless and refugee/migrant services in the voluntary and community sectors, locally and nationally. I have always focused on the health needs of those groups and been responsible for developing public community health projects across South Yorkshire, always recognising the importance of linking that with mainstream health services. As a governor I will use my experiences of working with and within a wide range of statutory and community agencies, at different levels from Chief Executive to front line worker.

Steve Barks, Public Governor, South East Sheffield – Re-elected 2022

I am very pleased to have been re-elected to represent South East Sheffield. I want to ensure that our local hospital services are fit for purpose for all our communities. I want to celebrate those parts working well ensuring lessons learnt are used to improve those not working so well. I want to use my own and others’ experiences to inform my contributions as a critical friend to the Trust and hold them accountable.

The NHS is at a pivotal moment: funding under severe pressure and solutions could well change its very nature. We cannot be blind to these pressures expecting what has happened in the past will work in the future. It is important that the governors can work alongside the Board in shaping the service we need for the future and as a governor I will be a positive participant in this.

I left teaching to be a carer and I am also a patient myself. Having been a senior manager and school governor I believe that I am effective in listening; asking critical questions; analysing data and making well-judged decisions in order to represent you all to help make the Trust the best it can and should be.




Irene Mabbott – Nursing and Midwifery – Re-elected 2021

I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to represent Nursing and Midwifery for a third term of office as Staff Governor.

I have been a nurse since the early 1980’s, working in a variety of specialities and have seen many changes in nursing and midwifery practice over those years. Putting the patient first is at the heart of all that we do and part of the Trust’s PROUD values and is something I have with me in my role within the Learning & Development Department at STH.

It has been said many times that the best asset of the Trust is its staff and as part of my role, I want to make sure that the voices of nurses and midwives are heard. The last year has been tough for those working in healthcare and others across our society so we really need to be mindful of how we as a Trust can support and helps others in the years ahead.


Cressida Ridge – Governor for Ancillary Works and Maintenance Staff – Re-Elected 2020

I am a domestic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital I was first elected as a Staff Governor in 2017 and I am now pleased to have been re-elected. I represent Ancillary, Works and Maintenance Staff across the Trust. As well as being a Staff Governor I am also a Freedom to Speak Up Advocate.


 Liz Puddy, Staff Governor for Doctors and Dentists – Elected 2020

I feel privileged and humbled to have this opportunity to represent my Medical and Dental Staff colleagues. Thank you.

I am looking forward to listening, learning and engaging with the Trust Governance system to ensure that Sheffield Teaching Hospitals remains a place to be proud to work in. These are challenging times for all. I am positive, that we as a team of members on the Council of Governors can help. We will endeavour to ensure that everyone at STH strives for excellence. This can only make it a better and happier place to receive treatment and work in.

I have the pleasure with working with so many friends and colleagues from across many specialities so hope that I have a fair idea of what it is like to be STH employee. I aspire to remain approachable in person or virtually.

Emma Warrander, Staff Governor for Allied Health Professionals, Scientists & Technicians – Elected 2020

I am a Senior Therapeutic Radiographer and have worked in the Radiotherapy Department at Weston Park Cancer Centre for six years.

I’m passionate about patients and frontline staff being at the heart of all improvement and development. During my time at STH I have trained to be a quality improvement coach and I’m a faculty member of the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy. I hope to transfer these skills into the role of staff governor by actively engaging both patients and staff in the development of the services and improving patient care.

I believe the breadth of skills that AHPs, Scientists and Technicians have means their perspectives are of great value to the Council of Governors and I am very proud to be representing one of the most diverse staff groups

Paulette Afflick-Anderson, Staff Governor for Admin, Management and Clerical Staff – Elected 2020

I am delighted and see it as an honour that Admin, Management and Clerical staff have elected me as their Governor.

I started working in the NHS in Sheffield 36 years ago as a Medical Secretary and have since then worked operationally and strategically – currently in Strategy and Planning. Using knowledge and experience gained over the years I will seek to be representative of staff, in Council of Governor meetings and Trust Board meetings. I have a passion for fairness and equality as well as always seeking for opportunities to create inclusion for all.

For me staff are the backbone of any successful organisation and the continued success of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals rests with the staff who directly or indirectly provide care for our patients. The pandemic has created challenges but also opportunities for taking stock and finding innovative ways to enhance patient care and also support for staff. I welcome being a part of ensuring that we can further look to develop this and other aspects of work moving forward.

Jessica Sheehan, Staff Governor for Primary & Community Services – Elected 2021

I am the Service Manager for the Integrated Community Care Directorate. The services in my remit include urgent out-of-hours primary care, community services such as nursing and therapy that deliver essential care to housebound patients and intermediate care services to support timely discharge and admissions avoidance. I am committed to working collaboratively with our clinical teams and leading our services to establish better integrated patient pathways, making every contact count and providing excellent standards of individualised care to our patients.


I am delighted to be elected as a Staff Governor and to have the opportunity to work with the council of governors, to build strong working relationships with people both inside and outside of the organisation and to engage with patients in this forum.


 Appointed Governors



Andrew Hartley, Appointed Governor representing The Sheffield College – from April 2023

Andrew is the College’s Deputy Chief Executive and lead for engagement with employers on apprenticeships and skills training solutions; marketing and learner recruitment; and its physical estate.

Previously he worked for a private training provider and for 10 years as Managing Director of the University of Derby’s corporate division working with companies providing university level training programmes, and innovation and knowledge transfer services.

Prior to joining the University, he worked for Beck & Pollitzer Engineering, an engineering services contractor specialising in the installation of plant and machinery throughout the world. His early career was in third party logistics.

Commenting on his appointment, Andrew said “I am delighted to have joined the Council of Governors and have the opportunity to contribute to the incredibly valuable work of the Trust ensuring that patients interest’s are at the heart of everything it does.”




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