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Aisha Holloway
Aisha Holloway
Chair of nursing studies, The University of Edinburgh

Ms Holloway is professor of nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh and co-founder and co-director of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative. She is interested in nurse political leadership, submitting written evidence on political leadership in nursing to the All Party Parliamentary Group Triple Impact Report, and was invited to submit written and oral evidence to the Scottish health and sports committee, Scottish Parliament evidence session as part of the Prisoner Health Inquiry. She is adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, trustee board member of the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF), and sits on the advisory boards for the Nursing Now Challenge and the Harvard Global Nurse Leadership Programme.

Alex McMahon
Alex McMahon
Chief nursing officer, Scottish Government

As CNO/director Professor McMahon has professional responsibility for two thirds of the NHS Scotland workforce as his role has responsibility for nursing, midwifery, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare scientists. He also leads on a number of key policy areas such as infection prevention control. He has worked across the NHS, private sector, government and the RCN in previous posts. He holds two honorary professorships with the University of Stirling and Queen Margaret University.

Alison Dinning
Alison Dinning
International Recruitment Manager, Nursing Directorate NHS England and Improvement

Alison Dinning currently works as an International recruitment manager in the Midlands nursing workforce team at NHSEI.  She works collaboratively with recruitment leads in the region and wider healthcare community to develop strategies for recruitment, education and professional development of international nurses and midwives. She is passionate about Preceptorship and enabling the multi-professional team  to provide innovative patient focussed safe care. She is the current Chair of the RCNi editorial board.

Andrea Wyllie
Andrea Wyllie
Chief executive, Greenock Medical Aid Society

Ms Wyllie is CEO and nurse leader of the Greenock Medical Aid Society @GMAScarehomes, a charity providing compassionate care to older people and winners of the RCN Nurse Awards 2021 Nursing Older People category. A Queen’s Nurse with 28 years of nursing experience, first qualifying as an RMN and then soon after as an RN. She has always been drawn to older people’s nursing and is a strong advocate for older people’s rights, particularly those living in care homes.

Anita Astle
Anita Astle
Managing director, Wren Hall Nursing Home

Passionate about nurturing people to achieve their full potential, Ms Astle is driven to deliver the highest quality of person-centred and relationship-focused care. Over the past 33 years, she has gained a wealth of experience leading teams to support those living in nursing homes.

She has commissioned new homes, managed groups of homes and worked strategically with health authorities and local authorities representing the independent sector at a local, regional and national level. Awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to Older People, she is a fellow for Skills for Care, a board member of the National Care Association and a governor for a mental health trust.

Ann Gow
Ann Gow
Director of NMAHP/ Deputy Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

At Healthcare Improvement Scotland Ms Gow provides leadership for NMAHP professionals and their teams to continuously improve care. Under her direction, the NMAHP directorate leads on the development of the Scottish Quality Management system for Nursing and Midwifery; Excellence in Care. She is also responsible for supporting the implementation of newly introduced safe staffing legislation in Scotland, working closely with government, healthcare professionals and employing boards to achieve this. As deputy chief executive, she leads the internal improvement programme. Ms Gow is chair of the Scottish Executive Nurse Directors, adviser to the RCN Foundation grants committee and is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland.

Anne Croudass
Anne Croudass
Lead nurse, Cancer Research UK

As lead research nurse at Cancer Research UK, Anne Croudass heads a national team of 15 senior research nurses. She works strategically and operationally to ensure the impact of research and research nursing is recognised as pivotal to high-quality patient care.

Before taking her current role, Ms Croudass was heavily involved in establishing the UK Clinical Research Facility in Southampton and the Central South Coast Cancer Research Network.

She has worked in a range of clinical and research settings and has managed research nursing teams in the fields of asthma, allergy and oncology.

Anne Marie Marley
Anne Marie Marley
Respiratory nurse consultant, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Anne Marie Marley has been working as a Respiratory Nurse Consultant since 2004 in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queens University Belfast. She has recently been on the Regional Respiratory Hub for COVID-19 and previously was on the clinical forum for the European Connected Health Project. She is also the nursing representative on the Respiratory Research Network for Northern Ireland.
She has published work on COPD and palliative care and is currently the respiratory clinical lead for the Multi-Professional Respiratory Community Team and oxygen lead in Belfast.

Ms Marley was an RCN NI Board member for eight years and was awarded an MBE for services to health care in 2012. She is also on the advisory board of Marie Curie NI.

Anne Trotter
Anne Trotter
Assistant Director of Professional Practice, NMC

Ms Trotter’s role includes leading on the development of new standards and guidance for nursing and midwifery professions. She led an education change programme that has successfully published new standards for Future Nurse, Future Midwife, and has led on education and training standards including the new standards for student supervision and assessment, and nurse and midwife prescriber standards. She is now working on a review of remaining post-registration standards. Ms Trotter is a registered children’s nurse and adult nurse.

Barry Quinn
Barry Quinn
Senior lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Senior lecturer and consultant editor Barry Quinn has a nursing career spanning three decades as clinician, researcher, educator and writer.
Alongside his commitments at Queen’s University Belfast, he is school academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Dr Quinn’s interests include symptom management in advanced disease, inclusion in diversity, the person behind the illness and nursing leadership.
He is a frequent key-note speaker at national and international meetings and has published articles and book chapters on a range of nursing issues.
Dr Quinn is the consultant editor for Nursing Management and an editorial board member for Cancer Nursing Practice, both published by RCNi.

Bethan Lewis
Bethan Lewis
Interim assistant director of public health, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Bethan Lewis is a nurse and interim assistant director of public health Hywel Dda University Health Board.
She has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, working in numerous organisations.
Previous roles include nursing, quality and patient experience lead for transformation and head of nursing for unscheduled services.  
Ms Lewis spent 15 years at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Swansea.

Chris Dlamini
Chris Dlamini
Senior lecturer - learning disability nursing, Teeside University

Mr Dlamini worked with children with learning disabilities and their parents/carers as a learning disability nurse in a range of care environments for a number of years. His career involved working in mental health service with children with profound and multiple disabilities, behaviours described as concerning, ADHD, emotional and behavioural issues, autism spectrum disorders and mental health problems. Since joining the academic staff of Teesside University in 2015, Mr Dlamini has contributed to and led a range of nursing modules. He has just completed a PhD, researching the impact of nurse education on the indigenous belief systems of students of Southern African origin and exploring alongside this how learning disability and mental health services demonstrate culturally competent nurse education.

Claire Henry
Claire Henry
Director, Claire Henry Associates

Ms Henry works as a freelance in health and care. She is a registered nurse, visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care research group, visiting fellow at the Open University, coach, mentor and an independent consultant in health and care.

Ms Henry has worked predominately in palliative and end of life care leading national implementation and quality improvement programmes and is committed to supporting health and care staff to use quality improvement to make a difference to patient and family care. She is a director of Dying Matters in Rutland, the Loss Project and was a lead in setting up Bereavement Help Points in Rutland.

Clare Cable
Clare Cable
Chief executive and nurse director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland

Ms Cable is a children’s nurse by background and has a wealth of experience as a nursing leader in healthcare quality improvement and policy. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Professorship from the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University. She is a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar. Her vision is to unleash the creativity of nurses to be catalysts for positive change in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Clare Sutherland
Clare Sutherland  
Associate Director for Advanced Practice / Associate Dean Interprofessional learning, University Hospitals Derby & Burton / Medical and Dental Education East Midlands

Ms Sutherland qualified as a nurse from St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1990. She has been passionate about developing advanced practice since starting her role as a medical nurse practitioner in 2001. When she moved to Derby, she jokingly said that she would ‘crack ACP before she retired’. She now co-leads the advanced clinical practice (ACP) team in Derby where there are more than 100 ACPs across the trust. Ms Sutherland has supported NHS Improvement with ACP development in urgent and emergency care and supports the Health Education England national team leading the surgical advanced practice credential development.

Corina Christos
Corina Christos
Designated nurse for looked after children, NHS North West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Ms Christos, a paediatric nurse, has been practising for 17 years across acute and community settings. Started her career as a staff nurse at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, she moved into school nursing and is currently the designated nurse for looked after children for Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham. Ms Christos is an active member of the RCN steering group for the children and young people staying healthy forum and co-chair of the RCN looked after children network, influencing practice improvement and ensuring issues related to the care of children and young people in the community setting, particularly children in care, are represented at a national level.

Crystal Oldman
Crystal Oldman
Chief executive, Queen's Nursing Institute

Crystal Oldman CBE is chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), and a governing body nurse with Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Oldman spent 18 years in higher education, where her role as dean included the development of evidence-based practice in the integrated community nursing, primary and social care workforce. Her interest in leadership and management inspired her doctoral studies.

In 2017, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to community nursing and her leadership of the QNI. Dr Oldman is an honorary professor at London South Bank University.

David Harling
David Harling
Head of Learning Disability Nursing, NHS England & NHS Improvement  

Mr Harling, a learning disability and mental health nurse, is the national head of learning disability nursing at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He has worked in a senior capacity at a local, regional and national level, and has more than 30 years’ experience; including posts as national patient safety lead for learning disability, national head of learning disability nursing for NHS Improvement, clinical director, consultant nurse, and Strategic Health Authority clinical lead. He is passionate about the delivery of high quality, person-centred health and care services, and is a staunch advocate for empowering people who use services and their families to be equal partners.

Deborah Gobey
Deborah Gobey
Head of marketing, Alexandra

Ms Gobey manages the group’s brand marketing for Dimensions, Affinity, Yaffy and healthcare uniform specialist Alexandra. She has ten years’ experience in healthcare, having worked at SC Johnson where she implemented the inaugural Hand Hygiene Awards to drive compliance and influence hand washing behaviour in hospitals. At Mi Hub, Ms Gobey has worked with public and private healthcare organisations. She was actively involved in NHS Scotland’s #FutureNurse campaign, and most recently has supported NHSS with its sustainability initiative to reduce plastic packaging of uniforms.

Deborah Sturdy
Deborah Sturdy
Chief nurse for adult social care, DoH Social Care England

Professor Sturdy has worked with older people in health and social care throughout her career, including clinical practice, management and research in health and social care. She holds visiting chairs in nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Buckinghamshire New University. Professor Sturdy was awarded the President’s Medal by the British Geriatric Society in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to the care of older people. She was awarded an OBE for services to nursing, older people and dementia in 2017, made a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2018, and Fellow of the RCN in 2019.

Derek T Barron
Derek T Barron
Director of care, Erskine

Derek T Barron has been director of care at Erskine since 2016. He chaired the Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services in Scotland, and his report was presented to ministers in February 2021. Previously, he was lead nurse and associate nurse director for mental health at North Ayrshire Integrated Joint Board.

He was the interim executive director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions in NHS Orkney in 2015, and worked in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde for more than 20 years.

In 2016, Mr Barron received a Life Time Achievement Award from the Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland. In 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland for his contribution to community nursing in Scotland.

Eileen Dillon
Eileen Dillon
Lead clinical research nurse and network manager, Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network

The focus of Ms Dillon’s job is to lead, manage and develop the regional cancer clinical research nurse (CCRN) team in Northern Ireland. She has 27 years’ experience in cancer nursing, 22 years specifically in cancer clinical trials. Ms Dillon has a post-graduate diploma in nursing and a BSc (Hons) in nursing with specialist practice. In 2016 she represented the CCRN team in the final of the RCNi Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing awards. Ms Dillon has special interest in cancer-related fatigue and its management.

Ellen Nicholson
Ellen Nicholson
Safety and learning lead for general practice in England, NHS Resolution

Ms Nicholson, a Queen’s nurse, collaborates with general practice to maximize learning from claims, reduce any future harm and support early and effective engagement in primary care. She is passionate about primary care and improving patient care through lessons learned, education and sharing information to the workforce to ensure safe and effective services. She holds a master’s in advanced practice, specialising in management and leadership. Ms Nicholson has worked across directorates in primary, secondary and community care in a variety of senior roles, focusing on patient safety, education and the nursing workforce.

Emma Carey
Emma Carey
Health visitor, Northern Care Alliance

Ms Carey qualified as a mental health nurse in 2007 and trained as a health visitor in 2014. She spent six years working as a health visitor in Burnley, and for the past two years has worked in Middleton, Rochdale. She won the Community and General Practice award in 2021 and says it is an honour to be asked back as a judge in 2022.

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
Lead nurse - Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval service, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Ms Thompson qualified as a nurse in 2001 from Queen’s University Belfast. She has mostly worked in critical care environments and is lead nurse for the Northern Ireland specialist transport and retrieval service. She has a passion for service improvement. Ms Thompson led on the development of the first dedicated nurse-led transport service and was on the team that won the RCN Nursing Awards Child Health category in 2021. She was also recognised for her innovation by the European Association of Hospital Managers.   

Euan Hails
Euan Hails
Consultant nurse, Specialist-CAMHS, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Professor Hails, visiting professor at the University of South Wales, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2022 for services to children and young people’s mental health in Wales. He has been working as a mental health nurse since qualifying in 1987. He was vice chair of the mental health charity hafal, director of Adferiad Recovery and chair of BulliesOut. He is a fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists, Bevan Commission and Higher Education Academy, vice chair of the RCN children and young people’s forum and the RCN children and young people’s mental health experts. He was a finalist in the RCNi Nursing Awards Mental Health category in 2020.

Felicia Kwaku
Felicia Kwaku
Associate Director of Nursing/Senior Head of Nursing for Acute Speciality Medicine, Kings College Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer’s Black Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Group (interim chair) NHS England and NHS Improvement

Ms Kwaku has more than 31 years’ nursing experience, specialised in general intensive care/cardiac nursing. She holds a senior nursing and national role in the NHS. She is passionate about clinical practice ensuring that patients as well as staff are at the centre of care. She believes an undervalued workforce leads to poor care delivery. She coaches and mentors individuals and considers mentoring to be a fundamental responsibility that allows individuals to grow and develop. Ms Kwaku sits on several committees, forums and charities. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020 for services to nursing during COVID-19.

Francis Fernando
Francis Fernando
Associate Director of Nursing and Quality, North East London Foundation NHS Trust

Mr Fernando is a compassionate and inclusive leader with 30 years’ experience as a nurse leader, more than 21 years in the UK and mostly in the NHS. He became one of the first Filipino nurse consultants in the UK in 2014. He was named as one of the 50 Most Influential BAME Leaders in the Near Misses List by the Health Service Journal. Mr Fernando is a member of the chief nursing officer’s BAME strategic advisory group and is the founding director of the Filipino Nurses Association UK.

Gary Mitchell
Gary Mitchell
Lecturer (education) - school of nursing and midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Gary Mitchell is a registered nurse and lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast. Dr Mitchell has published a book, written more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in healthcare journals and presented at a range of international conferences. In his role as lecturer, he is responsible for teaching undergraduate/postgraduate nurses and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In his school, he is the academic lead for peer-mentorship. He is also a Council of Deans #150 Leaders coach and the chair of the RCN’s older people’s nursing forum. He holds the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Giselle Padmore-Payne
Giselle Padmore-Payne
Matron for Paediatric Acute Inpatients, Outpatients, Day Surgery and Manager to Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Services, Croydon University Hospital and Paediatric Nurse Advisor for the Sickle Cell Society UK

Ms Padmore-Payne was a stakeholder in reshaping the new paediatric integrated unit, ensuring guidelines were aligned nationally. She remains affiliated with the South Thames Sickle and Thalassaemia Network, the Sickle Cell Society UK and the UK Thalassaemia Society as well as the UK Forum for Haemoglobinopathies. An affiliate of the Roald Dahl Charity, she provides guidance and support to colleagues nationally as a mentor, as well as to children and young adults across services.

Ms Padmore-Payne has a special interest in haemoglobinopathies and transition pathways/processes from paediatric to adult services. She is a past winner in the Child Health category of the 2020 RCNi Nursing Awards.

 

Greg Padmore-Dix
Greg Padmore Dix
Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Mr Dix joined Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board in April 2019 from the University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust, where he had been the chief nurse since February 2013 and, for a period of time, held the chief nurse and chief operating officer roles.
Educated to master’s level, holding an academic nursing, teaching and medical law qualification, he has a wealth of clinical, managerial and educational experience in the UK and New Zealand. He holds two visiting professorial roles at the University of South Wales and the University of Plymouth.

Greta Westwood
Greta Westwood
Chief executive, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Professor Westwood has been the CEO of the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) since September 2019, having joined the foundation as chief operating officer in 2017. She is a registered nurse and a Florence Nightingale Foundation alumna (2012 Leadership Scholar). She qualified as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987. She completed a PhD in nursing in 2010. Her career has spanned general nursing, midwifery, clinical genetics and clinical academic roles. In 2021, she was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to nursing and midwifery.

Hazel Powell
Hazel Powell
Nursing officer for mental health and learning disability, Welsh Government

Hazel is a Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurse. Most of her career has been in Scotland where she worked clinically in both hospital and community services, was a Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University, a Professional Advisor for Scottish Government and a Programme Director at NHS Education for Scotland. Moving to Wales in Feb 2016 to initially take up the post of Nurse Director, since March 2020 Hazel has worked as Nursing Officer for mental health and learning disability at Welsh Government where she provides professional advice on nursing practice and education to Welsh Government.

Heidi Emery
Heidi Emery
Approved Clinician, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Emery leads a ‘nurse-led’ service that supports the national Learning Disability Autism Programme in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, she ensures patients move appropriately through their hospital pathways. In 2021 Miss Emery became the first non-medical approved clinician in her trust, enabling her to act as responsible clinician for community patients. She has a specialist interest in the Mental Capacity Act and developed a training programme to support nurses to embed the law into practice.
Ms Emery won the 2021 RCN Advanced Nursing Practice Award.

Helen Crowther
Helen Crowther
Clinical nurse lead - digital primary care, NHSX

Ms Crowther is a Queen’s nurse and specialises in primary care, nurse leadership and the digital agenda. She is the national lead nurse for digital primary care. She become the first adopted Macmillan nurse in general practice and in 2018 she was awarded the National General Practice Award ‘Practice Nurse of the Year’ for her flagship project to increase uptake of cervical screening. Ms Crowther has a passion for anything digital and was appointed clinical nurse adviser at NHS England leading on the Digital Nurse Network agenda in 2018 moving into NHSX in 2019.

Hilda Hayo
Hilda Hayo
Chief executive and chief admiral nurse, Dementia UK

Hilda Hayo has been the chief Admiral Nurse and CEO for Dementia UK, the charity supporting families facing dementia through specialist dementia nurses, since 2013. A dual registered nurse, Dr Hayo has more than 38 years’ experience of working with people diagnosed with dementia and their families. During this time, she has held senior positions in clinical services, hospital management and higher education. She held principal lecturer posts at London South Bank University and University of Northampton, specialising in older people’s mental health, dementia and community care.

Irene Debiram-Beecham
Irene Debiram-Beecham
Principal Research Nurse, University of Cambridge

Ms Debiram-Beecham is an expert cytosponge trainer for NHS England and NHS Scotland, a diagnostic device used in patients with reflux and heartburn. She is a team leader for ACED Clinic Cambridge, where collaborators from five emergency department sites access resources to conduct clinical trials. She has been a nurse for 29 years, with research nursing at the core of her career. She  has a BSc in biomedical science and an MSc in research management and healthcare. She was a highly commended finalist in the Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing category of the RCN Nurse Awards 2021.

Jane Scattergood
Jane Scattergood
Interim director of nursing and quality, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS

Ms Scattergood is a standing member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee with a remit for public health. She led the establishment and roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Lancashire and South Cumbria, developing a nurse-led mass vaccination service. She is a technical adviser to the World Health Organization’s collaborating centre for public health nursing and midwifery at Public Health England. Ms Scattergood is a Queen’s Nurse and is qualified as a nurse, midwife and specialist community public health nurse.

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

Ms Kenward’s background includes practice across a wide range of medical and surgical specialties. 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. She moved 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.

Jennifer Rodgers
Jennifer Rodgers
Deputy nurse director - corporate and community, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

In 2012 she became the first paediatric nurse to complete the Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship, and in 2013 won the Scottish Nurse of the Year Award at the Scottish Health Awards.

In 2019 she was named Scottish Woman of the Year for services to medicine. From 2015 she was chief nurse at Glasgow Children’s Hospital before broadening her remit across the board in 2020.

She is an advocate of person-centred and family-integrated care and her project asking children to draw or write ‘what matters to me’ posters has been a driving force of the Scottish Person Centred Care Collaborative and the international ‘what matters to you’ movement.

Jim Blair
Jim Blair
Independent consultant nurse learning disabilities, Queen’s Nursing Institute

Mr Blair is associate professor intellectual (learning) disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London, chair/clinical adviser learning disabilities NHS England for care treatment reviews, panel member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practise panel, member of the Learning Disability Nursing National Shared Decision-Making Council, chair of the Royal College of Nursing London Board. He is also a patron of Dance Syndrome www.dancesyndrome.co.uk and is on the editorial board of www.intellectualdisability.info

Joanne Bosanquet
Joanne Bosanquet
Chief executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies

Ms Bosanquet started her nursing career aged 16 when she undertook a pre-nursing programme at her local college. Over the next 30 years, Ms Bosanquet explored a wide range of roles and care contexts, eventually settling into roles in public health as a health visitor, nurse consultant and deputy chief nurse for Public Health England. She is interested in health equity, social determinants of health and well-being, co-production and person-centred cultures of care. In 2019, she moved into the charity sector in England where she leads an exciting nursing charity into its next phase. The Foundation of Nursing Studies focuses on person-centredness, healthful workplace cultures and care that is values based, safe and caring.

Joanne Shaw
Joanne Shaw
Head of nursing, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Ms Shaw is a senior nurse with 25 years’ experience. She is passionate about patient and family experience, dementia and learning disabilities. She won the Commitment to Carers Award in the RCN Nursing Awards 2021.

Joanne Upton
Joanne Upton
Head of Nursing, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, McKesson UK

Having spent 16 years working in cancer care, Ms Upton has gained extensive experience and insight that she shares through her published work around nurse-led services. She is passionate about enabling patients to receive care closer to their homes and is a keen advocate for telehealth. She has developed nurse-led services to improve waiting times and patient experience. Now in a national role, Ms Upton is working in partnership with public and private organisations to deliver care through a variety of out-of-hospital service settings.

Jodie Deards
Jodie Deards
Carers and patient experience lead, East of England, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jodie Deards is carer and patient experience manager for the East of England region at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
She started her nursing career in 1996, specialising in managing and treating long-term conditions such as renal disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions.
In 2016 Ms Deards became the carers lead at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and was named winner of the Commitment to Carers category of the 2017 RCNi Nurse Awards.

She continues her efforts to raise the profile of all carers and works with the national NHSE/I Commitment to Carers team to improve carers’ experiences.

Johnathan MacLennan
Johnathan MacLennan
Head of Programme for Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Dementia (NMAHP), NHS Education for Scotland

Mr MacLennan is a member of the Scottish and UK Restraint Reduction steering groups, vice-chair of the Mental Health Nurse Forum Scotland and, along with Mental Health Quality Improvement peers, co-convenes the #MHImprove network. He is a graduate of Wave 28 of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Improvement Advisor programme and is also Institute for Healthcare Improvement faculty. Previous roles include lead nurse for adult inpatient mental health and learning disability in NHS Tayside, and improvement adviser/programme lead for Scottish Patient Safety Programme Mental Health from 2012-2018.

Jonathan Beebee
Jonathan Beebee
Professional lead | Chief enablement officer & nurse consultant, RCN Learning Disability Forum | PBS4

Jonathan is the RCN’s Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities and CEO/Nurse Consultant for PBS4, a social enterprise providing social care for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Mr Beebee has an MSc in positive behaviour support and a keen interest in supporting people with autism and forensic needs. He is also a trustee for Autism Wessex and the Loddon Foundation.

Mr Beebee qualified as an RNLD in 2002 and has had a variety of roles in: community learning disability nursing, secure forensic services, setting up and managing intensive support teams and youth offending teams. He has undertaken project work for the Department of Health and was a learning disability policy manager for the Care Quality Commission. He was also chief operations officer for a national social care provider.

Juliette Cosgrove
Juliette Cosgrove
Chief Nursing and Director of Clinical Governance, NHS Professionals

During her extensive career, Ms Cosgrove has held senior leadership roles at large teaching and district general hospitals as well as in commissioning. She joined NHS Professionals from her chief nurse post at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. She was also chief nurse and deputy CEO at the Nightingale Hospital North West. During her time at NHS Professionals, she has strengthened the focus on nursing and patient safety throughout the organisation and championed the voice of the flexible nursing workforce.

Karen Bonner
Karen Bonner
Chief nurse & director for infection prevention & control, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

In her 25-year nursing career, Ms Bonner has worked in a number of large and complex NHS organisations in London. She holds a diploma and a BSc(Hons) in nursing and an MSc in advanced practice leadership from King’s College University. She is a graduate from the NHS Leadership Academy and Nye Bevan programme for aspiring directors. Ms Bonner is a member of the Workforce Race Equality Standard strategic advisory group and was recognised by the Health Service Journal in 2021 as one of the 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health.

Laura Serrant
Laura Serrant
Regional Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Education England

Professor Serrant is regional lead nurse for Health Education England (North East and Yorkshire) and professor of community and public health nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was this work that led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to health policy. She is listed eighth in the top 100 most influential Black people in the UK by the Powerlist UK.

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison
Lorraine Hicking-Woodison
Assistant practitioner / health care support worker training lead, Hawkinge and Elham Vallely Practice / Invicta Health CIC

Lorraine Hicking-Woodison has worked in healthcare for over 20 years and is currently working in a dual role as an  Assistant Practitioner at Hawkinge and Elham Valley Practice and  Health Care Support Workers training lead at Invicta Health Learning in Kent. Lorraine is passionate about  Nursing Support and is  proud to be part of its workforce. She has  been a champion in raising the profile and getting the nursing support voice heard  since becoming an active member of the RCN in 2009. Lorraine is currently  a member of the RCN South East Regional Board and  RCNi editorial advisory board.

Lynn Woolsey
Lynn Woolsey
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for NI, Department of Health in NI

Ms Woolsey undertook and completed her general nurse training in the late 1980s, and has held a variety of clinical posts over the years in acute medicine, acute surgery, care of the older person and specialist surgery. She has worked across the public, private and education sectors, holding clinical, managerial and education roles. Most recently, Ms Woolsey has held posts as assistant director of nursing and midwifery and assistant director of mental health and learning disability inpatient services. She is currently on secondment to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland as deputy chief nursing officer. As well as her passion for developing others, Ms Woolsey has obtained an MSc and post-graduate certificates in education and strategic workforce planning.

Mairead Ryan
Mairead Ryan
Mental Health Nurse, Belfast Health and Social Trust 

Ms Ryan is a previous winner of the RCNi Student Nurse award and is now a newly qualified mental health nurse. She has worked locally and internationally with the government of Northern Ireland, the European Human Rights Network and the Community Enrichment United Nations on improving mental health services in Northern Ireland. Ms Ryan helped to establish MyStoryYourStory, a campaign to embed a mental health champion in NI government, and to create a toolkit for schools to address mental health alongside implementing mental health.

Mandy Edwards
Mandy Edwards
Cancer research UK senior research nurse for wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Mandy Edwards is working with others on a cancer research strategy in Wales, using the lessons learned from the rapid roll out of COVID trials.
After being instrumental in setting up a research delivery team at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, south Wales, Ms Edwards became Cancer Research UK’s senior research nurse for Wales, joining a UK-wide network of 15 senior nurses and overseeing a group of co-funded nurses in Wales.
She joined the NHS in 2002 after completing a postgraduate qualification in research, beginning her research nurse career in haematology.

Nancy Fontaine
Nancy Fontaine
Chief nurse & director of infection prevention & control, Norfolk & Norwich University Foundation Hospitals

Professor Fontaine has held two previous chief nurse roles, the most recent at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, where she was also deputy chief executive, and led the improvement programme for the organisation to exit special measures and be CQC rated two thirds good or outstanding. Before that, she was the chief nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. She is a professor of nursing at the University of East Anglia, profiling nursing and midwifery leadership and clinical academic advancement.

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

Ms Hayes joined RCNi as consultant editor for Nursing Older People in 2009. She advises and writes for the journal as well as holding a full-time NHS role as consultant nurse for older people at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. Her clinical work centres on care for older people living with frailty and complex needs, with a specialty interest in Parkinson’s disease.

Nicola Lewis
Nicola Lewis
Matron for children community nursing services, Swansea Bay University Health Board

Ms Lewis’s background in paediatric nursing includes general paediatric in-patient care at East Glamorgan Hospital NHS Trust and the Princess of Wales Hospital NHS Trust. She gained her RSCN in 1995 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, following this she specialised in paediatric oncology and haematology at the Welsh regional unit at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff, gaining relevant clinical and theoretical qualifications. Ms Lewis achieved her specialist practice BSc in community health studies; CCN pathway at University of Wales, Swansea in July 2001. Going on to study for a master’s in community and primary healthcare in 2016.

Nicola Treharne
Nicola Treharne
Perinatal peer mentor support worker, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Ms Treharne works for Hywel Dda University Health Board under the mental health directorate as perinatal peer mentor support worker. She has had support and encouragement from management to take a holistic, individualised non-judgemental approach, and the flexibility to enhance the lives of parents and carers. This work has included active play/interaction sessions with parents/carers in their home or varied settings; park, coffee shop, restaurant or baby group to enhance parent and baby dyad, building confidence and improved well-being and self-worth as a parent. Her role has evolved over the past two years and extends to offering families emotional well-being skills sessions, Millpond sleep support, Gro Brain sessions, along with anxiety guided self-help. In 2021 her contributions to the role were acknowledged by winning the RCN Nursing Support Worker category.

Ofrah Muflahi
Ofrah Muflahi
Professional lead for nursing support workers, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Muflahi’s passion for nursing started at the age of 14 when she noted the care being provided by nursing staff who looked after her unwell mother. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in various nursing roles and started her nursing career as a healthcare assistant. Her knowledge, skills and experience span paediatrics, community nursing, quality governance and improvement. She was the only Mary Seacole Leadership Award winner in 2008, leading on a project to meet the healthcare needs of children and young adults with sickle cell and thalassaemia. She has held board roles in multiple charities, most recently at Kidney Care UK.

Paul Jebb
Paul Jebb
Associate chief nurse - patient experience, engagement & safeguarding, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Jebb is associate chief nurse for experience and engagement at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified as a nurse in 1996 and has worked in numerous posts within nursing, operational management and a national role within NHS England.

Mr Jebb is a member of an NMC professional standards advisory panel, and has represented the RCN at local, regional, national and international levels. He is currently a member of the RCN Nurses in Leadership & Management Forum steering group and of the RCNi Editorial Advisory Board.

A passionate supporter of Cavell Nurses Trust, Mr Jebb is chair of the board of Trustees at Blackpool Carers Centre.

Rachel Wood
Rachel Wood
Professional lead for nursing students, Royal College of Nursing

Ms Wood worked in clinical practice for more than 15 years. During that time she was an active member of the RCN. She says that the peer support she received from the RCN offered respite from the challenges of clinical practice and inspired her to remain in the nursing profession. As the RCN strategic lead for nursing students, Rachel continues to be deeply impressed by the passion and commitment of RCN student ambassadors, who despite the challenges of student life still manage to find time to listen to the concerns of their peers, sharing local intelligence to influence the future of nursing education.

Rakiya Suleiman
Rakiya Suleiman
Equality and Diversity Adviser, NHS Lothian

Ms Suleiman has worked in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and has been employed with NHS Lothian for more than 20 years at the clinical front line, working her way up from staff nurse to senior nurse manager. She then progressed to work in clinical education in NHS Lothian, where she led on a five-year leadership project – Leading Better Care Leading Across Difference. She is an active member of Unison, and sits on many national and regional groups, challenging inequality and ensuring the rights of healthcare staff are taken into account. Ms Suleiman won a Nelson Mandela Award in 2020 for her work in influencing the equality agenda for all.

Rebecca Chester
Rebecca Chester
Consultant Nurse for people with learning disabilities / Chair, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / UK LD consultant nurse network

Ms Chester is chair of the UK Learning Disability Consultant Nurse Network  and works one day a week with Health Education England as a clinical adviser on advanced practice in learning disability and autism services. She has also previously worked as a lecturer for the University of Hertfordshire learning disability nurse programme and has experience of working across a range of clinical services supporting the health needs of people with learning.

Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor
Chief executive, Aquarate

Ms Taylor was studying design engineering at John Moores University in Liverpool when she came across the campaign ‘Think Kidneys’. After research into monitoring hydration in care, she realised it was still an inaccurate and manual task and decided to dedicate her final-year project to designing a solution. This work led to the innovative Hydracup, an automated hydration tracking system. Ms Taylor’s passion is to develop technology abled healthcare solutions to help our ageing population live happier and healthier for longer.

Rob Fenwick
Rob Fenwick
Lead ACP - emergency medicine, University Hospitals Birmingham

Mr Fenwick is interested in research and evidence-based medicine. He can also be found on the Resus Room podcast.

Rohit Sagoo
Rohit Sagoo
Founder, British Sikh Nurses

Mr Sagoo is a children’s nurse and is studying for a PhD at the University of Bedfordshire. He qualified in the late 1990s and practised in hospitals in London for ten years, and moved into teaching in further and higher education. In 2016 he set up a community organisation – British Sikh Nurses – that responds to the health and well-being needs of the Sikh community and bridges the gap between South Asian communities and the NHS.

Mr Sagoo won the RCN Nursing Awards Leadership category in 2021. He is also a Points of Light winner awarded by the Prime Minister’s office in 2020.

Ruth May
Ruth May
Chief nursing officer, NHS England

Ms May enjoyed national appointments with NHS Improvement and Monitor as well as regional and trust leadership roles before becoming the CNO for England in January 2019.  As regional chief nurse for the Midlands and East, she championed the 'Stop the Pressure' campaign; nearly halving the number of pressure ulcers in the region, improving care for patients, and delivering cost savings to the NHS. She is passionate about nurturing the next generation of NHS nursing, midwifery and AHP leaders, encouraging professional development opportunities and putting in place the optimal cultural conditions for all NHS employees to thrive.

Ruth Northway
Ruth Northway
Professor of learning disability nursing, University of South Wales

Ms Northway has worked in nurse education for many years and her current role encompasses teaching and research. Her key areas of interest include the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities, the role of the nurse in supporting people with learning disabilities, and the use of participatory research approaches. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and former chair of the RCN Research Society.

Ruth Oshikanlu
Ruth Oshikanlu
Nurse entrepreneur and chief executive officer, Goal Mind

Ms Oshikanlu is an award-winning expert Queen’s nurse, midwife and health visitor with vast experience in delivering secondary and primary healthcare services in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.  She is a nurse entrepreneur, author, speaker, mentor and coach. She is a Churchill Fellow, Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting, Royal College of Nursing, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Sally Shearer
Sally Shearer
Executive director of nursing and quality and acting deputy chief executive, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Sally Shearer is chief nurse at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, an integrated children and young people’s trust. She has a passion for influencing the wider determinants of children’s health and well-being in partnership with agencies across a variety of settings.

Prior to joining the board in 2015, Professor Shearer worked clinically in general medicine and surgery in Nottingham before moving to manage children and young people’s services across east London. She is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University and became chair of the Association of Chief Children’s Nurses in April 2019.

 

Sam Sherrington
Sam Sherrington
Deputy director community nursing, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Ms Sherrington spent a number of years in the NHS England national team, formerly as head of nursing and midwifery strategy in the nursing directorate and head of stakeholder and cultural transformation, Future Focused Finance in the finance directorate. Previously, she worked for the Northwest Strategic Health Authority, leading the delivery of the Department of Health non-medical prescribing programme across the region, then nationally for the Department of Health as an adviser and internationally. Ms Sherrington holds a number of national roles, including chair of the Association for Prescribers UK and co-chair of European, UK and Ireland committee Prescribing Research in Medicines Management.

Sarah Marsh
Sarah Marsh
National Lead for Therapies and Education, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, McKesson UK

Ms Marsh has been a nurse for 17 years, 12 of those as a Queen Alexandra Royal Navy nurse where she served in Afghanistan and worked in a verity of clinical and educational roles, developing as a leader. She is passionate about building high performing teams and thrives on adding value through education and development by creating continuous learning cultures.

Sharon Aldridge-Bent
Sharon Aldridge-Bent
Director of nursing programmes - leadership, The Queen’s Nursing Institute

Ms Aldridge-Bent joined the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2016 and developed and leads on the institute’s Leadership programmes. She has a clinical background in district nursing and specialist nursing, including Macmillan nursing. She spent 12 years as a senior lecturer in a university teaching education and community nursing. She has served as a magistrate for the past 20 years and sits at West London Magistrates court, where she is a chairperson. 

Siobhan Rogan
Siobhan Rogan
Nursing Officer for Learning Disability & Mental Health, Department of Health

Siobhan Rogan holds dual roles – as a professional nursing adviser for mental health and learning disability at the Department of Health and Social Care, and clinically as an advanced practitioner in Northern Ireland’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Named RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year in 2017, Ms Rogan is a learning disability nurse and has undertaken post-graduate studies in behaviour analysis at the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre and at the Ulster University.

She is a non-medical prescriber and an associate consultant for the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, and is the Northern Ireland representative on the UK Learning Disability Professional Senate.

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Professional lead for mental health, Royal College of Nursing

Stephen Jones joined the RCN as professional lead for mental health in January 2021, having previously worked at the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP).
 
Mr Jones has a keen interest in mental health workforce development, in particular the areas of career pathways, leadership, teamwork and multidisciplinary person-centred collaborative working.
 
His priorities at RCN include driving the UK-wide parity-of-esteem programme to value mental and physical health equally, supporting the mental well-being of the nursing workforce, and developing and promoting the work of the RCN Mental Health Forum.

Sue Tranka
Sue Tranka
Chief nursing officer and nurse director, NHS Wales

Sue Tranka was formerly the deputy chief nursing officer for patient safety and innovation at NHS England and improvement. She also held the role of director of infection prevention and control, leading the national team in its response to supporting guidance development, implementation and remobilisation of NHS services. Protecting staff and patients from nosocomial transmission of Covid has been a key focus of her work since the start of the pandemic. Ms Tranka was listed among the Health Service Journal’s 50 most influential people in health from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background in 2020, and in December 2021 was awarded a fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Suman Shrestha
Suman Shrestha
Professional lead for critical care, Royal College of Nursing

Suman Shrestha is a professional lead for critical care at the Royal College of Nursing, and also works as a consultant nurse in critical care at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is a qualified advanced critical care practitioner and associate member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. He has a wide range of clinical, managerial and academic experiences in healthcare.

Susana Lucena
Susana Lucena
Matron, Barts Health NHS Trust

Ms Lucena trained in Spain but has spent most of her nursing career at the Royal London Hospital. She specialises in trauma nursing and is an honorary lecturer and module lead in the subject at City, University of London.  After many years as an educator, she is now a matron in the adult critical care unit. Alongside her colleagues, she led the critical care surge response during the second COVID-19 wave. The team welcomed and empowered redeployed staff from all backgrounds to look after nearly 2% of all national critical care patients with remarkable outcomes. An effort that won them the RCN Team of the Year Award in 2021.

Tanya Strange
Tanya Strange
Head of Nursing, Person Centred Care, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Ms Strange worked for four years as a matron in nursing homes and is committed to improving the quality of life of older people. She is the project lead for Ffrind i Mi/Friend of Mine, a multi-agency approach to combatting loneliness and social isolation across communities. This initiative has led to a collective social movement across the board’s geographical area. Another well-being project is intergenerational befriending, bridging the gap between younger and older people. This project has resulted in the development and publication of an intergenerational strategy. Ms Strange has won several nursing and patient experience awards, including the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, the RCN Wales Innovation Award, a Chief Nursing Officer Award and a lifetime achievement award.

Teresa Chinn
Teresa Chinn
Registed nurse and social media specialist / founder, WeNurses

Teresa Chinn, a registered nurse, is a social media specialist who works with Public Health England, NHS England, the NMC and Health Education England. She founded a Twitter discussion group called @WeNurses in 2012 after feeling  isolated from the nursing profession following years of agency nursing. WeNurses and a later Twitter group called WeCommunities now have thousands of followers all over the world.

Ms Chinn appeared in a list compiled by RCNi of 70 people who helped shape the NHS in the first 70 years after it was founded in 1948.

Tom Walvin
Tom Walvin
Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Plymouth

Tom Walvin is a lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Plymouth, which he joined in 2015 from a background predominantly in emergency nursing.
His teaching focuses on deteriorating patient care, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology, clinical skills and simulation, and social media-based nursing education, engagement and networking platforms.

Mr Walvin continues to practice clinically in emergency care and is studying for a Master’s degree in advanced practice alongside his teaching and academic activity.

Yvonne Manson
Yvonne Manson
Director of care and dementia services, Abbotsford Care

Ms Manson is a Queen's nurse who has spent her career working in care homes. She has a passion for excellence in dementia care, which led her to undertake an MSc in dementia studies in 2016. She is currently doing a PhD exploring partnership working in practice in care homes. Ms Manson believes that so much more can be achieved by working in collaboration and focusing on an individual’s strengths and exploring different creative ways to do this.

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