Neurocare Trustees and Patrons

Neurocare Trustees and Patrons2017-08-07T13:18:34+00:00

Chair of Trustees

Beverley Webster OBE

Beverley Webster

Beverley is passionate about Sheffield and had been greatly impressed for many years at the innovative work of Neurocare raising funds for the Royal Hallamshire, ensuring that the Neurosciences department maintains its position as a centre of excellence within the UK. She said that she had been overwhelmed when she was given the opportunity to watch a team of neurosurgeons remove a tumour from a 76 year old patient using an endoscope funded by Neurocare. The non-invasive technique facilitated by the equipment meant that remarkably this lady was able to walk out of hospital just two days after surgery.

She was delighted when she was approached to take up chairmanship of Neurocare and says “the team at Neurocare have done a fantastic job of raising our profile both within the city region and beyond, resulting in us being able to fund some highly innovative research and equipment. We are also very fortunate to have a highly committed board of trustees who bring a range of expertise to the charity ensuring that every project brought to us is considered from both a commercial and medical perspective”.

Chair of Trustees since 2010

Rex Caplan

Neurocare Trustee since 2005.

Rex Caplan

Rex owns and runs Capland Properties a student property accommodation business in Sheffield.  He is married with one daughter.  When he is not working Rex enjoys shooting and fishing.

Rex heard of Neurocare when he experienced first hand the effects of having a family member on the neurosciences wards.  His wife had a life saving operation to remove a brain tumor in 2005.  He wanted to do something to thank his wife’s surgeon Matt Radatz and was informed about Neurocare and the Sonowand Appeal. While raising funds for this equipment Rex was asked to become a trustee of Neurocare.  After the Sonowands had been purchased Rex was instrumental in funding the refurbishment of the lift area on N floor with money raised from The Derbyshire Charity Clayshoot.  This was after spending many hours in the lift area of N floor waiting for news “in one of the dullest places ever”.

Rex says “Neurocare makes a difference to people affected by Brain Tumours. It could be the difference between surviving or not, reducing the time spent on the operating table or the subsequent recovery time.  It is good to know that the hard work everyone puts into Neurocare means people benefit in many ways including providing the very best equipment for our surgeons and making improvements to the environment and facilities for patients and relatives.”

Julie Neal

Neurocare Trustee since 2006

Julie Neal

Julie is a Senior Sister and Ward Manager on the neuroscience wards.

Neurocare felt that there should be a senior nurse involved in Neurocare who was at the forefront of the Neuro Intensive Treatment and High Dependency Units and Julie also felt that the Board would benefit from the experience of someone with direct patient care.

Julie knows that Neurocare’s help and support touches people’s lives in a special way.  It helps them through difficult times and gives them a type of emotionally support.  Julie says “Neurocare provides a practical way for people to give thanks.  It also gives local businesses the opportunity to support an amazing charity.   It is focussed on supporting the future and pioneering work of neurosurgery and neuroscience”.

John Pickering

Neurocare Trustee since 1997

John Pickering

John became involved with Neurocare after Robert Battersby twisted his arm!!  On a more serious note, through his legal work in the personal injury and clinical negligence fields John frequently dealt with clients who had sustained serious head injuries and brain damage. He felt passionately about looking after his clients and was always interested to see, as far as he could, that they received the best of care.

John says “The work of the neurological team at the Hallamshire has been outstanding in this regard and so I wanted to do my bit to help them get the equipment etc they needed to help improve the quality of the work they were doing.   There is a vital need for neurological and related medical services and the more we can do to help improve this, the better will be the potential outcomes for the patients and, frequently, their families.”

Dominic Staniforth

Neurocare Trustee since 2009

Dom Staniforth

Dominic is a partner at Sheffield and Chesterfield based chartered accountants, Barber, Harrison & Platt.

Dominic has a family connection to the neurosurgery department as it was set up by his Grandfather.  He wanted to become involved with the charity due to the family connection but also because he knows that Neurocare helps to keep the neuroscience and neurosurgery wards at the Royal Hallamshire as a centre of excellence  here in Sheffield.

Matthias Radatz

Neurocare Trustee since 2005

Matt Radatz

Matt has been a Neurosurgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital since 1999.

Matt got involved with Neurocare in order to support Robert Battersby, the original founder, in his endeavour to provide funding for the most state of the art equipment for the neurosurgical department.Matt believes that it is due to Neurocare that leading technology is available to benefit all patients who require treatment in Sheffield.

Saurabh Sinha

Neurocare Trustee since 2010

Saurabh Sinha

Saurabh has been an Adult and Paediatric Neurosurgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital since

September 2009, having trained as a Registrar in Hull and Sheffield.

Saurabh got involved with Neurocare when the charity funded a study grant for him in 2008 to travel to Virginia, USA to gain experience in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. This modern technique allows surgeons to remove tumours through the nose with less discomfort and quicker recovery.

Saurabh sees the benefit of the equipment funded by Neurocare on a regular basis and says without Neurocare’s help and funding we would have been unable to perform this type of surgery for our patients in Sheffield.

Amy Tingle

Neurocare Trustee since 2009

Amy Tingle

Amy became involved with Neurocare in 2008 after helping to recruit a member of staff.  She was so impressed with the fantastic work Neurocare does supporting the hospital she felt she had to be more involved.  In 2009 Amy was asked to be a trustee, it was just at the time the endoscope was purchased and she found the success stories quite overwhelming and knew she had to say yes. Amy says “It totally hit home what a difference the equipment Neurocare purchases can make when I listened to a 12 year old boy talk, at a NeurocareNovember event, about his life being saved by the equipment.  The tears just flowed from every single person in the room and it made me realise how important the charity is and how much I love being a part of that.”

Dr. Christopher McDermott

Neurocare Trustee since 2016

Chris McDermott

Chris is a reader in Neurology, Consultant Neurologist, University of Sheffield.

Dr. McDermott studied for his medical degree at the University of Leeds graduating in 1994. He then continued his general medical and specialist neurology training in Leeds before taking up a clinical research training fellowship at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He moved to the University of Sheffield with Professor Dame Pamela Shaw in 2000 to undertake his Wellcome Trust Research Training PhD Fellowship and to complete his Specialist Training in Neurology to become a Consultant Neurologist in 2006. Dr. McDermott is now a Reader in Neurology at SITraN and a Consultant Neurologist at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust regularly undertaking specialist clinics in Sheffield and Barnsley. He is the Acdademic Director for Neurocience at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.

Dr. Charles Romanowski

Neurocare Trustee since 2016

Charles Romanowski

Charles has been a consultant Neuroradiologist in Sheffield since 1995. He trained in Neuroradiology in Sheffield and Manchester. He was awarded the Nycomed and Kodak scholarships which allowed him to gain experience at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm.

His clinical interest is in adult diagnostic Neuroradiology, particularly Neuro-oncology and the behaviour of low grade gliomas and imaging in dementia.  He is interested in MRI in brain tumours and the use of advanced techniques to measure volume and blood flow changes in tumours over time.  This can help the surgeon to choose the best time to operate. He is also closely involved with the use of functional MRI to look at the relationship of functionally important parts of the brain to these tumours.  This is very important when surgery is being planned for these patients.  Some of the software that Charles uses in these areas of advanced image analysis have been generously funded by Neurocare.

Charles is a well renowned lecturer and teacher of Neuroradiology. He is the organizer of the Sheffield Fundamentals of Neuroradiology Course. This is now in its 20th year. He is regularly invited to lecture locally, nationally and internationally and is one of the regular faculty members on the Erasmus MRI Course and the European Course in Neuroradiology. He has also been closely involved in the development of the examination for the European Diploma in Neuroradiology.  Charles was recently awarded an Honorary Membership of the Polish Medical Society of Radiology for his work as lecturer and teacher of Neuroradiology across Europe and especially in Poland where he regularly gives lectures.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing the piano, water-colour painting, exploring many aspects of his Polish heritage and renovating an eighteenth century farmhouse in Derbyshire.

Prof. Dame Pamela Shaw

Neurocare Trustee since 2003 and now remains with the charity as a patron

Pam Shaw

Pam is the Professor of Neurology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Director of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield.

Pam believes that Neurocare does a great job to help the doctors and nurses caring for patients with neurological conditions to deliver the best outcomes.  Pam also believes that the work of Neurocare is very important as it supports health care staff to do the best possible job supporting people with neurological conditions in multiple ways e.g. providing cutting edge medical equipment, improving hospital facilities for patients and their families and supporting research into neurological diseases.

Pam says “Neurocare provides equipment which helps the condition and comfort of patients, supports research and also specialist training for health care staff.  The people involved with Neurocare are very committed and fun – so it is a pleasure to be involved as a Trustee.

Dave McCarthy

Neurocare Patron

Dave McCarthy

Sheffield United’s Operations Director became our trustee after Neurocare was privileged to be chosen as the clubs Charity of the year in 2015.

Dave said “I am honoured to become a Patron of Neurocare and hope that I can help the charity continue and further develop its excellent work across the region.  I have seen at first hand just how passionate those involved with the charity are and I look forward to helping support them to make a difference’’.

Dave has a real passion for charity work and has supported many charities in such positives ways in the past so we are really excited to have him involved.

Rob Walker

Neurocare Patron

Rob Walker

Experienced TV presenter, reporter, commentator and MC Rob Walker has pledged his support to Neurocare to honour his friend and mentor Martin Webster.

Martin – known to his friends and ‘Webby’ – was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2005 and sadly passed away aged 56 in March 2011.

Rob said: “Martin was the best in his field and instrumental in mentoring me through my career.  He gave advice, but more importantly, he provided opportunities for me particularly at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 -more people started to take me seriously after the Olympics and he was the one who opened that door for me.

“There are others like me who Martin helped and we are all keen to do what we can in his memory. One of the reasons I wanted to become a Neurocare patron is that it’s a Sheffield-based charity and Martin was a very proud Sheffielder. It won’t bring him back but it’s a small way of passing on the good fortune I had being mentored by him.”

Nicola Minichiello

Neurocare Patron

Nicola Minichiello

World-class Olympic athlete from Sheffield and the most successful British bobsleigh athlete of the modern era, has joined us at Neurocare as a patron.

Nicola said: “I was invited to  Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and it was there I learned about the fantastic work Neurocare does to raise money for the Neurosciences Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. Being a patron is a fantastic honour and an opportunity for me to help raise the profile of the charity.

“I know plenty of athletes who have suffered head injuries, including an Olympic medallist who had a crash and needed life-saving brain surgery.  Bobsleighing can be a dangerous sport but a head injury can happen to anyone. That’s why I feel it’s so important we continue to raise money to fund the state-of-the-art facilities and care at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.”

Dr Graham Honeyman

Neurocare Patron

Graham Honeyman

orn in Northallerton, North Yorkshire in 1951, Graham attended boarding school in York before studying at the University of Aston in Birmingham.  After gaining BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in Engineering Materials Technology he was awarded a PhD from the University of Teesside for his study of armour plate welding.

In 1987 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Medal for his study of supercritical steam turbine technology and in 1997 a silver medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for outstanding contribution to British Engineering.

In 1978 Graham joined Parsons Turbine Generators Limited as a Research Metallurgist rising to Principle Engineer before joining Sheffield Forgemasters as Technical Director in 1988.

He led a management buyout of the Company and was appointed Chief Executive in 2005.

Graham was awarded a CBE in 2008.

At the IOD Director of the Year Awards in 2010, Graham won the Global Director of the Year, Investing for Growth Award and Overall Director of the Year.

On 5 July 2012 Graham was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal.

Nick Wilson

Neurocare Patron

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson is 47 and is Sheffield born and bred.  He lives with his wife Julie and has two children, William and Megan.  Nick studied Economics at the University of Sheffield and has worked at several firms doing accountancy.

In 2000, Nick joined forces with his ex-boss from Price Waterhouse Coopers, David Elliot to form insolvency firm Elliot Wilson where Nick’s father Keith acted as consultant, providing a substantial amount of work for the firm.  After a year, David left and Nick welcomed David Field to form the now very well respected Wilson Field Insolvency Practitioners.  Starting in offices on Abbeydale Road and building up to just 5 or 6 members of staff, Wilson field went from strength to strength. They moved into the Annexe at the Manor House on Ecclesall Road to make room for additional members of staff and have now outgrown that and purchased the whole building to house 6 Insolvency Practitioners and over 85 staff.  They now have plans to open another 5 offices around the country.

In 2008 Nick’s father Keith was diagnosed with a class 4 brain tumour which was highly advanced and Keith sadly lost his battle after just 3 short months.  Desperate to to try and find a way to stop others losing their loved ones so unexpectedly from this terrible condition and as a way to honour his father’s memory, Nick got involved with Neurocare.  Nick and all the staff at Wilson field have been incredible supporters ever since and their level of commitment to the charity is nothing short of inspirational.  Nick said: “I worked with my father every day so the first 6 months after he passed away I used to envisage him coming to work every day, I couldn’t believe it was happening.  My mental stance was that he would have liked me to stay strong for the family and the business and would have reminded me that I have a responsibility to lots of staff who are dependent on me.  The business is run like a family so it hit a lot of people very hard.  Put myself in Dad’s shoes and stayed strong like he would have done.  Neurocare does such amazing work and I am proud to say that we work so closely with them.  If together we can save one life, well that would just be incredible.”

Craig McCann

Neurocare Ambassador

Craig McCann

Having signed up to join the RAF at 20 Craig underwent the necessary medical examination for new recruits, during which doctors found a brain tumour. This required immediate surgery and is where Craig first entered the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and discovered the benefits of Neurocare. Following the surgery, Craig underwent extensive rehabilitation and rebuilt his life, discovering the natural progression of physical improvement, starting with regaining the strength and nerve pathways to be able to walk again.

After attending a ‘Paralympics Potential’ session in 2010, Craig was spotted by the British Disabled Fencing Association as having a talent for fencing and began training straight away, putting a legal career on hold in order to train as a full-time athlete.

This decision led to Craig being selected to represent Great Britain at both European and World Championships within his first international year, as well as for his first Paralympic Games just over two years after taking up the sport.

Since the tumour changed the course of Craig’s life, leaving him unable to fulfil his dream of representing his country in the RAF, Craig’s philosophy is that he still represents his country albeit in a different uniform. This positivity enables Craig to enjoy the different journey on which life has taken him.

Following London 2012 Craig left the sport of wheelchair fencing in order to pursue a new challenge within the world of endurance sports. This sees Craig furthering that progression of physical improvement and training to represent Great Britain at future games in cycling or paratriathlon.

Jamie Sims

Neurocare Ambassador

Jamie Simms

Jamie started to support Neurocare after his friend Sally received treatment for a brain tumour in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 2009. Thanks to his determination to raise money for us, Jamie lost 7 stone (!) in order to get fit enough to take on various sponsored challenges. To date, he has raised over £6000 by taking part in a number of running and triathlon events, including the Virgin London Marathon in 2011. His most recent challenge involved taking on the role of Team Captain for a group running the London to Cardiff 24hr relay race last month, raising another £500 (so far!) for Neurocare.

Jamie’s constant enthusiasm for and promotion of our work, as well as his ability to motivate others to raise funds for Neurocare were behind our invitation to become an ambassador for us and we are delighted that he has accepted.