Meet our Trustees and Executive Management Team


Barnsley Hospice Board of Trustees


Carole Gibbard - Chair of the Board of Trustees 

Carole Gibbard

Carole is a fully experienced and qualified Management Consultant, Trainer, Coach and Mentor, with a particular interest in Human Resource Development. She is also a certified NLP Practitioner.

During her career Carole has worked in the private and public sector for large, small, national and international organisations, as well as for charities and not-for-profit organisations. She has helped develop strategic plans, policies and procedures and HR strategies, and has advised organisations going through restructures or culture change and provided advice and support to implement these changes. She spent ten years working as an Investors in People Assessor, assessing organisations across the UK and also set up her own Management Consultancy.

Carole was a Trustee for 13 years at a Hospice in the North West of England; the latter seven years as the Executive Chairman. She also served on the Board of a Housing Trust in the North West of England as well as being a Governor at a High School. She is now semi-retired.


David Hibbit - Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

David Hibbitt  David Joined Barnsley Hospice as a Trustee in 2010 and became the Vice Chairman for the second time in January 2017. He is also a member of
  he Clinical Governance sub-committee.

  David has worked in the area of healthcare for over for over 34 years. He holds an MSc in Marketing Management and is a Chartered Marketer.
  During his career, he has worked for 10 years within the NHS and 24 years within the healthcare industry in various management roles within       the UK and at a EU/Global level.

  David has extensive experience of healthcare and has worked on the European Patient Outcome Groups in order to raise awareness of the             challenges and costs of wound care at a European level. In addition, he has expertise in marketing, strategic planning and governance.
  During his career, David has been a school Governor, a Trustee of the Tissue Viability Society and recently became a Trustee of the Lindsay Leg     Club.


Ray Knowles - Barnsley Hospice Trustee

Ray Knowles  Ray has been a Trustee at Barnsley Hospice Trustee since August 2010. In his role as Trustee, Ray is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. 

  Prior to becoming a Trustee, Ray's career spent 36 years in various roles within the Banking Sector. His knowledge and skills from his career are     a great asset to the Hospice.

  In addition to his voluntary work, Ray enjoys playing golf, walking, watching various sports, and foreign travel.



John Pitt - Barnsley Hospice Trustee

John PittJohn joined the Board of Trustees in October 2013 and is part 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.



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.




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 6 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 started at 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 businesses across the Dearne. His experience includes financing Regeneration of the Coalfield areas of South Yorkshire and European Funding, including working on a number of transformational projects across the Sub Region. Whilst in the private sector, Ian has spent time in IT and in Retail. He has also worked with Not For Profit organisations.

Having arrived at the Hospice in March 2015, Ian has taken on responsibility for Finance, Fundraising and IT matters and has been 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.


Jan Walker - Patient Services Director

Jan WalkerJan started at the hospice in September 2015 as education and audit lead. She qualified in nursing in 1989 and spent the first 10 years or so working in surgery, her final post being senior sister in plastics and reconstructive surgery.

Following a  six-month career break to go travelling in 1999, Jan made the decision to change her career path and was lucky enough to secure a staff nurse job at Wheatfield's hospice in Leeds, where her passion for palliative care began. Since then she has worked in oncology on the wards and as a night nurse practitioner, as a community Macmillan nurse in Leeds, Pontefract and Castleford and then on to Wakefield hospice to deliver education across the whole district around advance care planning, before coming to Barnsley.

Jan holds a number of postgraduate qualifications from diploma to masters level. Outside of work she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

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