Candidates announced for forthcoming RCN council elections

Postal ballot opens on 21 November

Postal ballot for RCN council elections opens on 21 November

The names of the candidates standing for election to the RCN’s governing council have been announced.

Voting will open by postal ballot on 21 November and closes on 11 December. The elections are for one-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019.

Twelve seats are up for election after the incumbents announced their resignations as a result of a vote of no confidence in the college leadership.

The council members were called on to stand down at an extraordinary general meeting of UK members in September. This was in response to the college's handling and communication of the NHS pay deal in England.

Elections will take place in all constituencies where more than one candidate is standing. Where there is a sole candidate they will be elected unopposed, unless found to be ineligible following a period allowed for objection.

RCNi editorial director Graham Scott tweeted about the makeup of the candidates' list.

Members have until 2 November to raise objections to candidates’ eligibility to stand or for the candidates to withdraw from the process. A final list of candidates will be confirmed following the objection period. 

The list of candidates

Health practitioner

Evan Keir
Brian Murphy

Northern Ireland 

Patricia Casement
Siobhan Donald
Ann Marie O'Neill


Geoff Earl
Graham Revie


Richard Jones

East Midlands

David Miller
Deirdre Sissons


Tom Bolger
Cynthia Davis 
Claire Picton 


Billy Drysdale
Trevor Peel
Paul Young

North West

Dave Dawes
Alan Finnegan

South East

Jeremy Benton
Samantha Margerison
Heather Mercer
Wayne Sleck
Graeme Stokes
Maria Trewern

South West

Margaret North
Geoffrey Walker

West Midlands

Colin Burgess
Mark Butler
Philip Cole
Diane Edwards
Amelia Swift
Sue Warner

Yorkshire and the Humber 

Carol Popplestone 
Mathew Sidebottom
Jane-Elizabeth Tooke

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