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Biographies

Here are details on some of the RCN's key personnel, including the RCN's President and Chief Executive & General Secretary. Further details and images can be obtained from the RCN's UK Media Office by calling 020 7647 3633.

Andrea Spyropoulos
President of the Royal College of Nursing

Andrea Spryropolous Download hires image (JPG 61.6KB)

Andrea is a Clinical Strategist at Health Care Projects Social Infrastructure. Andrea is a registered nurse, midwife and senior lecturer. Her main interest lies in acute surgery, public health and health care planning. She has spent 30 years in the nursing service spanning a vast range of surgical and medical services and academic leadership. She has an academic interest in legal and professional issues in health care and is currently working in developing new services and new working environments to support the patient in every aspect of service delivery in a new build project.

Andrea has held various posts at staff nurse and sister level including general surgery, oesophageal varices unit, vascular surgery, breast cancer services and gynaecology. Andrea has held various posts overseas in Dar Jerba, Greece, America and occupational health on cruise liners.

On a personal level she lives with her husband and her sister-in-law, who has learning difficulties and has been a treasured part of the family since the death of her father. Andrea has one son, Philip, who has recently finished university and is now working in London.

Dr Peter Carter
Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing

General Secretary - Dr Peter Carter Download hires image (JPG 2.5MB) Dr Peter Carter is Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the world’s largest professional union of nurses. The RCN has a membership of 400,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, cadets and health care assistants.

Before assuming the post in 2007 Dr Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK with an operating budget of more than £180 million and an international reputation.

He commenced his NHS career by training as a psychiatric nurse at Hill End Hospital St Albans. He is also a general nurse, having trained at St Albans City Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London. In addition he has held a number of clinical and managerial posts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.

Dr Carter is a graduate, and a member, of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a PhD – both from the University of Birmingham. He was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.

Janet Davies
Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery

Janet Davies Download hires image (JPG 63.3KB) Janet Davies became an executive director of the Royal College of Nursing in September 2005 and has the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

She represents the RCN at the National Social Partnership Forum, working with the Department of Health and NHS Employers on issues of policy and employment. She also leads on various advisory groups and forums including the Care Quality Commission, National Clinical Guidance, Transforming Community Services, Accreditation and Quality, Ward Sisters, Open University Advisory Group and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. Within the RCN she chairs the Health and Social Care Policy group and the Future Nurse Future Workforce group as well as various internal strategic boards. Janet's area of work covers professional nursing, policy, employment relations, international and learning and development.

Janet started her nursing career in Manchester, and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organisations, as well as social services, the police, the fire service and the wider community.

In her previous role prior to joining the RCN, as Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Janet was instrumental in overseeing an extensive programme of change and development.