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Alison Dinning Editorial advisory board, RCNi
Alison Dinning
Alison Dinning Editorial advisory board, RCNi

Alison is the institute clinical lead for education and development at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). As part of her role, she leads the trust Adult Preceptorship Team. She has been a critical care outreach nurse since 2000 and continues to work clinically as a CCOT nurse each month to support her education role. Her primary interests are improving the quality and safety of patient care; improving the patient experience; teaching, supporting and developing the multi-professional ward team. Alison was part of the original team who instigated the National Outreach Forum and is the immediate past chair of the National Outreach Forum and the interim NOrF Secretary. She is pleased to be a member of the RCNi Editorial Board.

Angela Hall Arrhythmia nurse specialist, States of Jersey, Health and Social Services
Angela Hall
Angela Hall Arrhythmia nurse specialist, States of Jersey, Health and Social Services

Ms Hall qualified as a nurse in 1999 and started her career on an acute medial ward. Her interest in cardiology took her to London to specialise in this field, before returning to Jersey in 2006 where she then worked in high dependency and intensive care for eight years, the latter four as a sister. She then set up the arrhythmia nurse specialist role, established many nurse-led services and introduced two innovative medicines.

Ms Hall completed the MSc in advanced practice with distinction and is also a non-medical prescriber. Academia remains a focus as she is now starting a PhD in health research. She has been extremely fortunate to be recognised for her contributions to this area of healthcare and won the Innovations and AF Pioneers twice, a British Heart Foundation award, States of Jersey Employee of the Year, the Innovations in your Specialty RCNi Awards category then overall RCN Nurse of the Year in 2018.

Ann Norman Professional lead for learning disabilities and criminal justice nursing, Royal College of Nursing
Ann Norman
Ann Norman Professional lead for learning disabilities and criminal justice nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Norman has 35+ years’ experience in nursing, with a background in community nursing before joining the Prison Service in 1992. She received a Nursing Standard award in 1998 for recognition of developing services for female prisoners and in 1999 was awarded a further Prison Service award for her work at HMP Winchester.

Ms Norman co-edited the 2002 book Prison Nursing and more recently completed her book Criminal Justice Nursing. In 1999 she was seconded to the Department of Health (Prison Health Task Force) and in 2004 she took up a UK professional lead post at the Royal College of Nursing. She supports nursing development of policy and practice, and supports nursing members locally and nationally across the four UK countries.

Anna Croudass Lead research nurse, Cancer Research UK
Anna Croudass
Anna Croudass Lead research nurse, Cancer Research UK

Since qualifying, Ms Croudass has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings. After qualifying she worked in the field of general medicine, progressing to the role of ward manager of a 32-bed respiratory and diabetes specialist ward. She has managed research nurses in asthma, allergy and oncology and was involved in establishing the UKCRF in Southampton and the Central South Coast Cancer Research Network. Since 2006, she has been the lead research nurse at Cancer Research UK, where she heads up a national team of 15 senior research nurses. In this role, she is able to work both strategically and operationally to ensure that the impact of research and research nursing are recognised as key to quality patient care.
 

Anne Marie Rafferty Professor of nursing policy, and former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
Anne Marie Rafferty
Anne Marie Rafferty Professor of nursing policy, and former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London

She graduated from Edinburgh University in nursing studies, has an MPhil (Surgery) from Nottingham University and was the first nurse to gain a doctorate (DPhil Modern History) from Oxford University. She is a historian, health workforce and policy researcher. She was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in 2008. She served on the prime minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery 2009-10. She holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing. She co-led a Student Commission on the Future of the NHS supported by NHS England and was a member of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, which reported in 2018. She was elected President of the Royal College of Nursing from 2019-21.

Barry Quinn Assistant director of nursing, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Barry Quinn
Barry Quinn Assistant director of nursing, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Quinn has worked for more than 30 years in healthcare, in hospitals and hospices and in the community sector in England and Ireland. He is the assistant director of nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, and a senior lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Surrey. He is the clinical lead for end of life care in his institution, leads on professional practice and multiprofessional research.

Carole Farrell Lecturer in advanced practice, Consultant editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, University of Bolton
Carolle Farrell
Carole Farrell Lecturer in advanced practice, Consultant editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, University of Bolton

Dr Farrell has more than 30 years’ clinical experience in oncology nursing; previous roles include clinical nurse specialist and advanced nurse practitioner. She is a lecturer in advanced practice at the University of Bolton, teaching on the MSc in advanced practice, MSc in clinical practice and MSc physician associate courses. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of nurse-led chemotherapy clinics. She is leading a research study developing a Patient Reported Experience Measure for people with secondary breast cancer (PREM-SBC), which is due to complete this year. Her research interests include the impact of advanced practice, and nurses’ roles in oncology. She is also an elected member of the European Oncology Nursing Society research working group.

Catherine Gamble Head of nursing and RCN mental health professional lead, Royal College of Nursing
Catherine Gamble
Catherine Gamble Head of nursing and RCN mental health professional lead, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Gamble leads the nursing development team at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and is responsible for driving service innovation and evaluating workforce development initiatives. She is an Eileen Skellern laureate and Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Nurse of the Year award holder and Royal College of Psychiatrists team winner. Ms Gamble has broad experience in co-production and professional development work. Her clinical expertise lies in working with families and those with psychosis; she has held various NHS roles in acute and community psychiatric services, has published extensively and is an elected member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network board. She has recently been appointed as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) professional lead for mental health three days a week.

Christine Mckenzie Professional lead for executive nurse network and leadership and management forum, Royal College of Nursing
Christine Mckenzie
Christine Mckenzie Professional lead for executive nurse network and leadership and management forum, Royal College of Nursing

As a senior nurse working with the RCN London regional team, Ms MacKenzie is passionate about nursing and working with others to improve the experience of those who use and work in health and social care settings. She draws on her work as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and neuro linguistic programming master practitioner in designing and implementing tailored engagement and consultation activities. Her achievements include collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy and leading on the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme. She divides her time between the England Centre for Practice Development and the Royal College of Nursing where she is the professional lead for the executive network and professional learning and development facilitator for the London Region. She is undertaking an MA at the Tavistock exploring leading and consulting in organisations.

Christine Walker Editor of Learning Disability Practice and Nursing Children & Young People, RCNi
Christine Walker
Christine Walker Editor of Learning Disability Practice and Nursing Children & Young People, RCNi

Ms Walker originally trained as a journalist and has worked for a variety of publications, and in health and medical communications. She is a clinical editor who has specialised in nursing since 2002.

Clare Lomas Career development editor, RCNi
Clare Lomas
Clare Lomas Career development editor, RCNi

Ms Lomas is the career development editor at RCNi. She is responsible for the careers and student sections of Nursing Standard and also assists the commissioning editor with the features and comment sections. After graduating from the University of Bradford in 1994 with a degree in sociology and social psychology, she trained as a nurse at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, qualifying in 1998. She specialised in cardiology, working as a cardiac nurse and thrombosis research nurse at King’s College Hospital, and has also worked as an agency nurse where her roles included running an endoscopy clinic and working as a school nurse in a preparatory school. Ms Lomas joined Nursing Standard in 2011 as the opinion editor and has been in her current role since 2018.

David Williams
David Williams
David Williams

Mr Williams has been working with people with learning disabilities for more than 20 years. He has held a number of roles from working on an additional support community team, manager supported living schemes and working as part of an integrated learning disability service. He has been a qualified learning disability nurse for 18 years. This work has involved supporting people to live in the community rather than hospital placements, and also to continue to live in the least restrictive environments possible. Mr Williams has also been involved in developing training in positive behavior support (PBS) to be delivered through a number of providers. For the past three years he has led on the development of a workforce strategy for GM for Learning disabilities and Autism this has included leading a group of staff to develop a GM PBS strategy, and also developing training opportunities in support the PBS strategy.

Dawne Garrett Professional lead for older people and dementia care, Royal College of Nursing
Dawne Garrett
Dawne Garrett Professional lead for older people and dementia care, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Garrett has worked with older people through a variety of clinical, academic and entrepreneurial roles. Her experience has spanned acute care, community nursing and integrated services. A former consultant nurse and lecturer practitioner, she has just completed her doctorate. She maintains a clinical role and publishes widely.Ms Garrett has worked with older people through a variety of clinical, academic and entrepreneurial roles. Her experience has spanned acute care, community nursing and integrated services. A former consultant nurse and lecturer practitioner, she has just completed her doctorate. She maintains a clinical role and publishes widely.

Deehan Cooper Engagement lead for healthcare practitioner members, Royal College of Nursing
Deehan Cooper
Deehan Cooper Engagement lead for healthcare practitioner members, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Cooper works actively to develop initiatives and activities that value and support healthcare practitioners and their employers across the UK. She also works closely with the RCN UK Healthcare Practitioners Committee and supports and advises them on matters related to this work. She is passionate about ensuring that the RCN is able to support the needs of all non-registered healthcare professionals through the delivery of their products and services. Ms Cooper is an advocate for this group and seeks to ensure that assistant practitioners, healthcare assistants and healthcare support workers are valued for the contribution they make to the delivery of patient care. She champions the need for better recognition and development opportunities afforded to healthcare practitioner members of the RCN. 

Doreen Black Matron for oncology and haematology, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Doreen Black
Doreen Black Matron for oncology and haematology, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Ms Black qualified in 1990 as an RN and went on to complete her BSc Honours degree in health studies and an MBA. She joined the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 1995 as a senior staff nurse in gastroenterology and has held senior sister posts in gastroenterology and acute care. In 2015 she became matron for gastroenterology and rheumatology where she supported the development of the nurse-led abdominal paracentesis service, which won the HSJ Value in Healthcare award for managing long-term conditions in 2017. In 2018 she was the winner of the NHS Leadership Academy Windrush 70 Top Leadership award.

Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE
Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE
Dr Caroline Shuldham OBE

Dr Shuldham is an independent consultant engaged in mentoring, teaching and review of projects. She chairs the RCNi editorial advisory board and is a non-executive director at CSH Surrey where she chairs the integrated governance committee. She advises on care matters to the trustees of a care home. Dr Shuldham was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to nursing and healthcare. 

Fiona Smith Professional lead, children's and young people’s nursing, Royal College of Nursing
Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith Professional lead, children's and young people’s nursing, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Smith provides professional support to 435,000 members, Royal College of Nursing staff and a range of forums and communities in the field of children's and young people's nursing. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the RCPCH Council. Before taking up the position at the Royal College of Nursing, she was associate director of nursing/named nurse for child protection and paediatric adviser across Leicestershire. More recently Ms Smith was one of the independent panel members for the Child Sexual Exploitation Inquiry in Northern Ireland and was chair of the NHSE Infant, Children and Young People’s patient safety expert group. She is the co-ordinator of the Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe Network and has been instrumental in the development of standards across Europe, working with organisations such as the Council of Europe.

Gill Coverdale Professional lead for education standards and professional development, Royal College of Nursing
Gill Coverdale
Gill Coverdale Professional lead for education standards and professional development, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Coverdale is the Royal College of Nursing professional lead for education. She is passionate about nursing and has a background in community nursing, and has been senior lecturer and programme lead for pre- and post-registration nursing programmes. She has worked in regulation in the UK and has worked with national and international governments to develop nursing practice and education standards.

Graham Scott Editorial director, RCNi
Graham Scott
Graham Scott Editorial director, RCNi

Mr Scott has been editor of Nursing Standard, the UK's largest selling professional magazine for nurses, since 2009. He has risen through the ranks, starting as a reporter, serving as news editor for 11 years and acting as deputy editor along the way. Since March 2015 he has also been editorial director of RCNi, formerly RCN Publishing, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing. He also oversees the annual RCNi Nurse Awards.

Ian Hulatt Consultant editor, Mental Health Practice, RCNi
Ian Hulatt
Ian Hulatt Consultant editor, Mental Health Practice, RCNi

Before his recent retirement Mr Hulatt was professional lead for mental health at the Royal College of Nursing for 13 years. He led on mental health nursing policy and practice across the UK. He now continues his studies at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and teaches mindfulness locally for South Wales Police and has a small counselling practice at the Well Therapy Centre in Bridgend. He publishes regularly and is consultant editor on the journal Mental Health Practice. He also works as a mental health nurse and provides sessions for Bridgend College at its well-being service.

Jacqui Fletcher
Jacqui Fletcher
Jacqui Fletcher

Ms Fletcher is senior clinical adviser – Stop the Pressure Programme (NHS Improvement), an independent wound care consultant and editor of Wounds UK. Previously, Ms Fletcher was clinical strategy director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and an honorary fellow for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. She has also worked as a principal lecturer, University of Hertfordshire. She is a patron of the Lindsey Leg Club, and a member of several editorial advisory boards. She served as an executive of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from its inception in 1996 until 2010. She has published widely and speaks at national and international conferences.

Janyne Afseth Programme leader, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University
Janyne Afseth
Janyne Afseth Programme leader, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University

Ms Afseth is a lecturer and programme leader in the Cancer Collaborative at Edinburgh Napier University. She has more than 15 years’ experience working in oncology as a nurse and manager. Her most recent NHS post was lead Cancer Research UK nurse for Edinburgh and Cancer Research Network manager for the south east of Scotland. In 2011 she moved to Napier; as well as her teaching role she is undertaking research in holistic needs assessment and supportive care in cancer and is on the Royal College of Nursing steering forum for cancer and breast care.

Jen Kenward Experience of care lead (community, primary and integrated care), NHS England
Jen Kenward
Jen Kenward Experience of care lead (community, primary and integrated care), NHS England

Ms Kenward qualified as a registered general nurse, her background includes practice across a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, establishing nurse-led services and having a key role in the development of integrated care services. She has established educational programmes in London working across three trusts and in partnership with Middlesex University and the Open University to provide a development programme for healthcare assistants, fast-tracking them into registered nurse training. Ms Kenward moved from clinical practice and education into operational management, first as a lead for equality and diversity, before leading patient experience in a large acute trust. She joined the patient experience team at NHS England in July 2013 and has specific responsibility for supporting work to improve experience in relation to end of life care, long-term conditions and unpaid carers. She is the national lead for NHS England’s Commitment to Carers Programme and has been a carer for 13 years.

Jennifer Sprinks Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi
Jennifer Sprinks
Jennifer Sprinks Editor of Cancer Nursing Practice, RCNi

Ms Sprinks has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years for a range of national and trade titles, including the Independent, the Guardian and the Local Government Chronicle. She joined RCNi six years ago as a news reporter on Nursing Standard. She previously worked as a freelance journalist and communications consultant. She was also media manager for the think tank, the Local Government Information Unit. Ms Sprinks has a wealth of experience in news and feature writing, editing, conducting research for PR agencies and creating communications strategies.
She has a BSc in European Union studies from Cardiff University and an MSc in development studies from London South Bank University, as well as a London School of Communications postgraduate qualification in periodical journalism.

Joan Myers
Joan Myers
Joan Myers

Dr Myers trained as a general nurse and specialised in paediatric nursing in 1985. She move to the community in 1990 to set up and develop community children's nursing services across London and became the first nurse consultant for community children's services in the UK in 2003. She is currently an associate director for health services and chief nurse for integrated services for children with disabilities at Achieving for Children based in London. She received an OBE for services to children and nursing in 2013, she is a Queen’s nurse since 2015 and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar.

Joanne Bosanquet Deputy chief nurse, Public Health England
Joanne Bosanquet
Joanne Bosanquet Deputy chief nurse, Public Health England

Ms Bosanquet is a Queen’s Nurse and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey. She was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and healthcare in June 2013, a Fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and an honorary doctorate from the University of Greenwich in October 2017. Ms Bosanquet completed a leadership scholarship through the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2018. Her focus is on how every nurse and midwife can get serious about prevention.

Julie Sylvester Editor of Primary Health Care, RCNi
Julie Sylvester
Julie Sylvester Editor of Primary Health Care, RCNi

Ms Sylvester has been a journalist for more than 30 years, many of which have been spent in nursing journalism as a reporter, writer and editor. As the editor of Primary Health Care, she has overseen the growth and development of the journal in championing the work of nurses across all community and primary care settings. She is also the managing editor of Nurse Researcher, the RCNi’s quarterly international research methodology journal.

Karen Roberts CNO, Macmillan Cancer Support
Karen Roberts
Karen Roberts CNO, Macmillan Cancer Support

Dr Roberts joined Macmillan Cancer Support in May 2017 from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust where she was head of quality and nursing research. Previously a Macmillan nurse consultant in gynaecological oncology and a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, she has extensive and varied clinical, managerial and research experience.  

Dr Roberts also graduated in cognitive behaviour therapy in 2009, and ran clinics for women experiencing complex psychological, physical and sexual health difficulties after cancer treatment. She is an experienced mindfulness-based cognitive therapy teacher, having developed and ran a bespoke eight-week programme for cancer patients.

Kate Hancock Vice president, marketing and clinical communications , BBI LLC (Bruin Biometrics)
Kate Hancock
Kate Hancock Vice president, marketing and clinical communications , BBI LLC (Bruin Biometrics)

Ms Hancock is vice president, marketing and clinical communications at BBI LLC (Bruin Biometrics), manufacturers of the SEM scanner. She is a former registered general nurse, having qualified in 1984 at Nottingham School of Nursing, eventually specialising in intensive care nursing and has spent the past 20 years in the medical device industry. Passionate about wound care, much of her work has been focused on the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers through her roles in marketing and product management at a number of multinational medical device manufactuers.

Lisa Berry Editor of Nursing Older People, RCNi
Lisa Berry
Lisa Berry Editor of Nursing Older People, RCNi

Ms Berry is the editor of Nursing Older People. A seasoned editor, Lisa has worked in healthcare publishing for many years. She joined RCNi as assistant clinical editor of Nursing Standard, its flagship journal in 2001, and became editor of Nursing Older People in 2009.

Lorraine Haining Queen’s Nurse, partnership lead/specialist nurse practitioner, Dumfries & Galloway Health Board
Lorraine Haining
Lorraine Haining Queen’s Nurse, partnership lead/specialist nurse practitioner, Dumfries & Galloway Health Board

Ms Haining manages an interdisciplinary specialist IDEAS team (Interventions for Dementia, Education, Assessment and Support) promoting a non-pharmacological approach to stress and distress in dementia to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. She also leads on service and user engagement for the Mental Health Directorate and has been responsible for the implementation of the Triangle of Care. She has spent the past 20 years working in various roles in the field of dementia care in the NHS and the third and independent sector across Scotland and England.

In July 2018 she was honoured to win the Nursing Older People category in the RCNi Nurse Awards and in November 2018 she was privileged to receive the Queen’s Nurse Scotland title for her innovative work in making a difference to patients and families in their local communities. 

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Healthcare support worker training lead, Invicta Health
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison Healthcare support worker training lead, Invicta Health

Ms Hicking-Woodison has been a healthcare support worker (HCSW) in a GP practice for 12 years, beginning as a healthcare assistant and for the past seven years as an assistant practitioner. She has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing Health Practitioner Committee, representing the south east, since 2009. In 2014 Ms Hicking-Woodison was appointed HCSW adviser for GP practices in Kent and Medway, and joined the GP staff training team as a tutor delivering the knowledge and skills in primary care course and the care certificate. Her goal is to make certain that the role of healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners are recognised and valued, and that they are well supported to ensure they can deliver high quality, safe and effective care.

Margaret Sneddon Honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow
Margaret Sneddon
Margaret Sneddon Honorary senior research fellow, University of Glasgow

Ms Sneddon joined nursing and the Royal College of Nursing in 1974. Her clinical background is oncology and palliative care, subsequently specialising in lymphoedema. She is an educator who initiated and led various palliative care and lymphoedema programmes in the University of Glasgow, taking on leadership of the Nursing & Health Care School for nine years. Her contribution was recognised by the university with a Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and an Outstanding Contribution to Lymphoedema Education from the International Lymphoedema Framework in 2009.

In 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Lymphology Society. Following retirement in 2016, her contribution to nursing nationally and internationally continues in her roles as honorary lymphoedema clinical specialist in NHS Forth Valley and honorary senior research fellow at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing in the University of Glasgow.

Martyn Elcocks
Martyn Elcocks
Martyn Elcocks

Martyn Elcocks is a senior manager with more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare, beginning with ten years in UK clinical practice, followed by more than 15 years in sales and marketing leading multidisciplinary, multinational teams in developing, launching and building market leading global surgical, oncology, haematology, haemodialysis, orthopaedic, cardiac and pressure ulcer prevention brands. He has also been specifically involved in the design, development and distribution of therapeutic surfaces for more than seven years.

Nichola Ashby Professional lead learning and development, Royal College of Nursing
Nichola Ashby
Nichola Ashby Professional lead learning and development, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Ashby is professional lead for learning and development for the Royal College of Nursing. Following a clinical career in critical, acute and trauma care, she now works for the RCN Foundation as a nurse education consultant and for the RCN as a professional lead developing education resources and strategies. She works collaboratively with other Royal Colleges and healthcare agencies to represent nurses on the development of guidelines and policies. She greatly values her role as a professional support, educator and representative for nurses throughout the UK.

Nick Lipley Editor, Nursing Management, RCNi
Nick Lipley
Nick Lipley Editor, Nursing Management, RCNi

Mr Lipley has worked as a journalist specialising in the field of healthcare for more than 20 years. He joined what is now RCNi in 1998, as a member of the news team for Nursing Standard. He became editor of Nursing Management journal in 2002. Nick is also editor of Mental Health Practice.

Nicky Hayes Consultant nurse for older people, King's College Hospital
Nicky Hayes
Nicky Hayes Consultant nurse for older people, King's College Hospital

Ms Hayes is consultant nurse for older people at King's College Hospital, London, clinical lead for the older people's fellowship, King's College London, and consultant editor, Nursing Older People (RCNi). She trained as a registered nurse at Southampton, and has specialised in the care of older people throughout her career.

Paul Jebb
Paul Jebb
Paul Jebb

Mr Jebb qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in numerous posts in nursing, as well as in operational management. In October 2014, he was successful in becoming the experience of care professional lead at NHS England leading on developing ‘Always Events®’.

In 2016 he completed the ‘Aspirant Executive Nurse Leaders’ course sponsored by NHS Improvement/NHS England and Health Education England at London South Bank University. He is a member of an NMC Professional Standards advisory panel, and was also part of the strategic group to refresh the NMC Education Standards. He is chair of trustees at Blackpool Carers Centre, a charity to support unpaid carers in Blackpool, and is on secondment as deputy director of nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Professor Laura Serrant
Professor Laura Serrant
Professor Laura Serrant

Professor Serrant is head of nursing and professor of community and public health nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University. Professor Serrant has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was her work in this area that led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to health policy. In October 2017 she was listed as the eighth most influential black person in the UK by the Powerlist 2018.

Rachel Power Chief executive, Patients Association
Rachel Power
Rachel Power Chief executive, Patients Association

Ms Power has more than 20 years’ experience of working in health and social care in the voluntary sector. She joined the Patients Association as its chief executive in June 2017 and has overseen a significant period of change, establishing a new senior leadership team and a three-year strategy to help drive the organisation forward. She is passionate about empowering patients and speaking on their behalf to ensure the patient voice is heard and acted on.

Richard Hatchett Senior nurse editor, Nursing Standard, RCNi
Richard Hatchett
Richard Hatchett Senior nurse editor, Nursing Standard, RCNi

Dr Hatchett is a registered nurse who specialised in intensive care and cardiac nursing. He was one of a small group of nurses involved in setting up and opening in 1998 the Heart Hospital, now University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street, London. He has had a long career in higher education as a principal lecturer before working as the deputy head of school at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, and head of education and standards at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has published widely and edited two editions of Cardiac Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide, with David Thompson, and Nurse-led Clinics: Practice Issues. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a doctorate in social history. He is training to be a psychodynamic counsellor.

Ruth Burey Professional lead, learning and development, Royal College of Nursing
Ruth Burey
Ruth Burey Professional lead, learning and development, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Burey is a professional lead for learning and development in the Nursing, Policy and Practice Directorate at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). She has worked at the RCN for more than eight years, is a registered nurse and a registered practice educator. She is an experienced senior nurse with a background in neurosurgical critical care, endocrine medicine, nurse leadership and management, education and learning and development. She has extensive clinical experience as a senior ward leader and has also led and managed a multidisciplinary education team in an acute NHS trust in west London. When time allows, Ms Burey works in clinical nursing practice around her full time RCN commitments. Her RCN work includes leading and working on projects with national organisations and agencies, the Department of Health, other Royal Colleges as well as the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors and charities.

Ruth Oshikanlu CEO, Goal Mind
Ruth Oshikanlu
Ruth Oshikanlu CEO, Goal Mind

Ms Oshikanlu is an expert nurse, midwife and health visitor with more than 23 years’ experience in delivering secondary and primary healthcare services in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She is the CEO of Goal Mind – a coaching consultancy that helps individuals improve their performance at work through employee engagement. She is an author, speaker, mentor and coach, and also a Queen’s Nurse, Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and Royal College of Nursing. Ms Oshikanlu is the recipient of several national healthcare and business awards. She is a regular columnist and has published several feature articles in numerous national nursing and healthcare journals She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2019 Honours List for being an ambassador for the health visiting profession and for services to community nursing, children and families.

Sophie Blakemore Editor of Emergency Nurse, RCNi
Sophie Blakemore
Sophie Blakemore Editor of Emergency Nurse, RCNi

Ms Blakemore started out as a journalist 20 years ago at the Birmingham Post and Mail while completing her postgraduate journalism training with the Trinity Mirror group. She became a health correspondent at the Post. Sophie spent time in Australia working as a freelance travel writer before becoming a political reporter and then political news editor at Medical Observer, a national weekly journal for GPs. She returned to the UK in 2008, working as a freelance health journalist before moving to the role of assistant editor on RCNi’s specialist journals, working on titles including Primary Health Care, Mental Health Practice, Emergency Nurse and Nursing Children and Young People. In 2016 Ms Blakemore was appointed editor of Emergency Nurse.

Suman Shrestha Professional lead acute, emergency and critical care, Royal College of Nursing
Suman Shrestha
Suman Shrestha Professional lead acute, emergency and critical care, Royal College of Nursing

Mr Shrestha is professional lead for acute, emergency and critical care at the Royal College of Nursing. He is an advanced critical care practitioner with associate membership of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and works in intensive care at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. He is also the chair of the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance.

Susanne Cruickshank Associate professor in cancer nursing, University of Stirling
Susanne Cruickshank
Susanne Cruickshank Associate professor in cancer nursing, University of Stirling

Dr Cruickshank is associate professor in cancer nursing at the University of Stirling, Scotland, chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum, member of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Cares’ Corporate and Philanthropic Committee and is on the editorial Board for the RCNi Cancer Nursing Practice Journal. She has more 25 years’ experience working in oncology and haematology.  Her research is interdisciplinary and clinically applied, and aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Her portfolio includes cytotoxic safety for health professionals and interventions to support fear of cancer recurrence among people with breast cancer.

Thelma Agnew Commissioning editor, RCNi
Thelma Agnew
Thelma Agnew Commissioning editor, RCNi

Ms Agnew is commissioning editor at Nursing Standard, responsible for the features, opinion, careers and student sections. She has been with RCNi, in a variety of roles, for ten years and before that was a freelance journalist, specialising in health. She has written for a wide range of specialist and national publications, ranging from the Health Service Journal to Vogue. She is a former columnist for the Observer. Thelma started her career in journalism at the feminist magazine Spare Rib. She grew up in Northern Ireland but has spent most of her adult life in London.

Wendy Preston Head of nursing practice, Royal College of Nursing
Wendy Preston
Wendy Preston Head of nursing practice, Royal College of Nursing

Since qualifying as an RGN in 1992, Ms Preston has continued studying, achieving as MSc in respiratory care with post-graduate certificates in prescribing and higher education. She practices clinically as an advanced nurse practitioner and honorary respiratory nurse consultant. Previous teams include Nursing Times ‘Team of the Year’ 2014 (acute medical unit/ambulatory care) and senior lecturer at Coventry University. She is involved with policy and clinical practice leadership at a national and international level, and co-edited a respiratory book published in 2016.

Her work was acknowledged in 2014 by being recognised as an HSJ Rising Star. Ms Preston is chair of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and a board member of the European Respiratory Nurses Association and the European Specialist Nurses Organisations.

Yinglen Butt Associate director of nursing, RCN
Yinglen Butt
Yinglen Butt Associate director of nursing, RCN

Ms Butt started her nurse training in the US and qualified as a registered nurse in the UK in 1984. She has worked in a range of professional leadership roles that have included, assistant director for children’s services in a community trust, nurse adviser to the chief nurse of England, deputy chief nurse in an integrated foundation trust and independent consultant in Singapore. In 2015 she was named in the Nursing Times 100 inspirational nurse leaders.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Yvonne Coghill OBE Deputy president, RCN and director WRES Implementation Team, NHS England
Yvonne Coghill OBE
Yvonne Coghill OBE Deputy president, RCN and director WRES Implementation Team, NHS England

Ms Coghill started nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts. Ms Coghill is director – WRES Implementation in NHS England. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers.

She was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010. In 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from King’s College University, honorary doctorates from the Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities and has become deputy president of the RCN.