Meet our Trustees and Executive Management Team


Barnsley Hospice Board of Trustees


Carole Gibbard - Chair of the Board of Trustees 

Carole is now retired from her own business after spending much of her working life as fully qualified and experienced Management Consultant, Trainer, Coach and Mentor specialising in human resource development and organisational change at middle and senior management level in the private, public and third sector. During this time Carole also worked for ten years as an Assessor for the National Standard, Investors in People and travelled across England, Scotland and Wales assessing, small, medium-size and large organisations across all sectors. 

Carole has over 22 years experience in the hospice sector as a trustee and 13 of those years as Chair of Boards of Trustees in Cheshire and Barnsley.  In addition, Carole has held Board positions in the housing and education sectors.

John Pitt - Trustee / Chair of Clinical Governance Committee


John joined the Board of Trustees in October 2013 and is currently Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee.

John left full time employment in 2009 following a career as a business consultant, trades union official, and public sector director and chief executive. Since then he has been undertaking consultancy and voluntary work. 

He is married with 4 children, has lived in the Barnsley area since 1999 and is also an active runner and triathlete. Passionate about the health service (including having a daughter who is a doctor) he is proud to be a Trustee of Barnsley Hospice and committed to its journey of continuous improvement.


Melvyn Lunn - Trustee / Chair of Finance, Audit & Income Geneneration Committee

Melvyn joined the Board of Trustees in September 2020 and chairs the Audit, Finance and Income Generation Committee.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has experience of working in the public and private sectors. Having spent 20 years as Finance Director in two retail subsidiaries of public companies manufacturing clothing for Marks and Spencer, latterly he ran his own accountancy practice before retirement.

Melvyn also has extensive non-executive experience. He was Audit Committee Chair of NHS Barnsley, Chair of Berneslai Homes, Trustee of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society and Chair of the Joint Independent Audit Committee of South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable. He is currently Chair of Barnsley Community and Voluntary Services, Trustee of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation and has been Treasurer of Silverwood Scout Camp for over 35 years.

Alison Salt - Trustee / Chair of HR & Facilities Committee

Alison joined the Board of Trustees in November 2017 and is currently the chair of the HR and Facilities Committee.

She has extensive experience of working in the NHS including working for Barnsley CCG in commissioning and most recently for Barnsley Healthcare Federation in governance. Currently Alison works for Barnsley Council as Corporate Governance and Assurance Manager.

She is married with two children – both currently studying for Master’s degrees. She lives on a smallholding near Thurlstone and has a flock of sheep, some ducks, chickens and two cats. Other interests include playing violin in the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, learning the cello and gardening.

Simon Eyre-Wood - Barnsley Hospice Trustee

Simon Eyre-WoodSimon has been a Trustee at Barnsley Hospice since November 2013. In his professional life, he works as a solicitor, specialising in wills, tax, trusts, court or protection and elderly work and has LLB Law, Diploma in Legal Practice and STEP Diploma qualifications.

When Simon is not working or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family.


Neil Wright - Trustee

Neil WrightNeil joined the Board of Trustees after becoming an elected BMBC councillor for the Dodworth area. He believed councillors should show interest and support for such a local charitable asset that Barnsley Hospice is regarded as within the community.

Neil currently works within Public Transport based within the engineering department at Leeds. He has 27 years trade union experience ranging from local to national level in various key roles.

Neil is married with grown up children and grandchildren.

James Sheriff - Trustee

James is a Barnsley businessman with more than ten years’ experience in web design and development. He is co-founder of digital marketing agency Genius Division which manages the websites of Cannon Hall Farm, Enterprising Barnsley and national health charity PHA UK, among many others.

James joined the hospice board in 2020 and this is his first role as a charity trustee. He looks forward to contributing his experience as a creative and digital business owner and would like to help more people in the community understand the breadth of services offered here for patients and families.

All of James’ family come from Barnsley. He cycles to work in the town centre and enjoys photography.

Anne Robertson - Trustee

Anne joined the Board of Trustees in September 2020 and sits on the Clinical Governance Committee.
Anne qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in a variety of adult nursing settings over the next six years.  She subsequently qualified as a solicitor and spent 11 years working as a clinical negligence lawyer.  She now works for the University of Law teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
She is married with two children.   Although originally from Hampshire, she has lived in South Yorkshire since 1993 and in the Barnsley area since 2010.  In what little spare time she has, Anne enjoys travelling around in her campervan, watching Formula 1 motor racing, running and yoga. 

Barnsley Hospice Executive Management Team


Julie Ferry - Chief Executive

Julie FerryJulie started at the Hospice in January 2015. Her career began on a busy medical ward at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield. After having two boys, Julie worked at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, where her passion for specialist palliative care began. Her experience includes being a ward sister at the Prince of Wales Hospice and a Community Macmillan Nurse in Pontefract. She also worked as a community matron in Dewsbury, taught in care homes in Leeds, then returned to the Prince of Wales Hospice as their Clinical Services Manager/Deputy Chief Executive in 2008 where she worked for six years prior to coming to Barnsley.

Julie qualified in nursing in 1984 and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospice Leadership, a Masters in Nursing and a BSc (Hons) in Palliative care. She has various other qualifications, including assessment skills, teaching and assessing in nursing, a diploma in health and social welfare. She is also an NVQ assessor.

Outside of work,  Julie enjoys walking her dogs on the North Yorkshire Moors and spending time with her family.


Rachel Vedder - Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Lead for Palliative Medicine Barnsley.

Rachel VedderRachel started working at Barnsley Hospice in August 2012. She completed her Undergraduate medical training at the University of Sheffield and went on to achieve her Postgraduate training in Hospital Medicine in Sheffield. From there, Rachel decided to specialise in Palliative Medicine, undertaking specialist training in Sheffield and Chesterfield.

Rachel started working at Barnsley Hospice as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine in 2012 and in 2015 took on the additional role of Clinical Lead for Palliative Medicine in Barnsley. She holds MBChB and MRCP qualifications and is a highly valued part of the clinical and Executive Management Team at Barnsley Hospice.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys family life with her husband who is a freelance architect and their two boys, who are of primary school age and keep them both on their toes! She also keeps busy by fell-walking, doing yoga and going to the cinema.

Ian Muffett - Finance Director

Ian Muffett

Ian joined Barnsley Hospice in March 2015. Ian is a Qualified Accountant and has a wealth of experience in private sector, public sector and not for profit organisations. He spent the early part of his career working in a Wombwell based accountancy practice, supporting small and medium sized businesses across the Dearne. His experience includes financing regeneration of the South Yorkshire coalfield through European Funding and working on a number of regional transformational projects. Whilst in the private sector, Ian has spent time in Finance roles in IT and Retail. 

Ian has responsibility for Finance, Fundraising, Retail, HR and IT matters and is struck by the passion staff, volunteers and Barnsley people and businesses have for the hospice. He has a (worrying) love of all things Microsoft Excel and relishes the challenge of a good spreadsheet!

When not at the Hospice, Ian can often be found with his wife and daughter holding up traffic whilst towing his caravan. He also enjoys Non-League (“proper”) football and is a very amateur photographer.



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