Nurses' achievements recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Queen's Nursing Institute chief executive Crystal Oldman among nurses recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. 

Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) chief executive Crystal Oldman has been made CBE for services to the charity and community nursing

Clockwise L-R: Jean White, Peter Meredith-Smith, Crystal Oldman,
Alan Corry-Finn, Cherith Semple and Philip Cooper.

Dr Oldman is among a number of nurses recognised for their achievements in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The QNI chief executive worked in the NHS for 18 years, including with deprived communities in London and went on to work in academia before joining the QNI, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year.

Dr Oldman said: ‘As the chief executive of the oldest professional organisation for nurses in the UK, I am mindful that my contribution is a small part in a very long and significant history of a unique organisation founded by William Rathbone with Florence Nightingale. 

‘Queen's Nurses represent the golden thread of the highest standards of patient-centred care in the community, which Florence Nightingale was instrumental in establishing.’

Chief nursing officer (CNO) for Wales Jean White has also been made CBE.

Professor White became CNO in 2010 and is an honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.

She is expert adviser to the World Health Organisation European region and is working on implementing the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016. 

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Professor Jean White said: 'I am honoured and delighted to be receiving a CBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Being a nurse has always been important to me, as I feel it is a privilege to care for people when they are in need.

'I would like to thank the brilliant nurses and midwives I have worked with over the years, and to thank them now for supporting me as the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales.'

RCN Wales associate director of employment relations Peter Meredith-Smith has been made OBE for services to nursing in Wales.

Mr Meredith-Smith worked in senior nursing positions for the Welsh government for ten years. He advised Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board after it was put in special measures.

Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialist Cherith Semple, who was made MBE, said she was 'very humbled and privileged' to receive the honour.

Ms Semple, who works for South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, said: 'I feel this award is shared with many amazing people I have cared for with head and neck cancer and worked with both across the health service and university.'

Nurses receiving Queen's Birthday Honours


  • Crystal Oldman, chief executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute

Crystal Oldman
Picture: Barney Newman

  • Jean White, chief nursing officer, Wales.


  • Belinda Dewar, professor of practice improvement, University of the West of Scotland.

  • David Evans, national teaching fellow and senior lecturer in sexual health, University of Greenwich.

  • Catherine Howell, chief nurse, diagnostic and therapeutic services, NHS Blood and Transplant.

  • Peter Meredith-Smith, RCN Wales associate director employment relations.            


  • Patricia Black, former senior lecturer, St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • Susan Brown, former nurse consultant, connective tissue diseases, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. 

  • Philip Cooper, nurse consultant in dual diagnosis, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire.  

  • Alan Corry-Finn, vice president of Trustees Northern Ireland Hospice and director of nursing, primary care and older people, Western Health and Social Care Trust. 

  • Dawn Good, head of stroke service and lead stroke nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

  • Lee Hough, advanced nurse practitioner, The White Rose Surgery, West Yorkshire.

  • Norman Jones, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, Army Reserve.

  • Grace Kilua, for services in the field of nursing and community development.

  • Denise Llewellyn, former executive nurse director Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

  • Caroline Oakley, formerly director of nursing (quality and patient experience), Hywel Dda University Health Board.

  • Merle Ramo, for services to nursing and to the community.

  • Cherith Semple, Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialist South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

  • Greenpa Sibi, for services to nursing and community development.

British Empire Medal

  • Roana Belo, for services to nursing and to the community.

  • Henrietta Campbell, vice president Royal British Nursing Association. 

  • Miriam Houanimae, for services to nursing and to the community.

  • Noreen Lewis, lead nurse, Cardiff and Vale University Hospital Board.

  • June McIntosh, deputy charge nurse, Edinburgh Cancer Centre. 

Royal Red Cross

  • Jennifer Buck, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps.

  • Rosemary Godfrey, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Army Reserve.

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