Professional Nursing Committee

The committee responsible for RCN’s professional work

The RCN’s Professional Nursing Committee fulfils a vital role in helping the RCN to achieve its purpose as a royal college. The committee is the decision-making body of the RCN on professional issues and provides leadership on the work of the RCN in this area. It is accountable to RCN Council.


Reports from recent committee meetings can be downloaded below.


October 2019

Report of meeting
Appendix 1 - RCN Professional Nursing Committee Terms of Reference
Appendix 2 - RCN Fellows Co-ordinating Committee Terms of Reference

June 2019

Report of meeting

March 2019

Report of meeting


February 2019




October 2018


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June 2018


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The Professional Nursing Committee has 14 members: one member each from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and one from each of the nine English regions: East Midlands, Eastern, London, North West, Northern, South East, South West,  West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber. They are elected by members in their country or region.


The remaining two members are from the Student and Nursing Support Worker (Health Care Assistant and Assistant Practitioner) membership categories and are elected by the members of those groups.


You can find out more about the role and remit of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee by reading the Terms of Reference.

Simon Browes Professional Nursing Committee

Simon Browes - Chair

Member for East Midlands region, January 2018 - December 2019

Simon is a consultant nurse with a clinical background in primary, community and urgent healthcare. He has worked in clinical, academic and leadership roles in the UK and New Zealand. Simon is a member of the STP workforce programme team for Nottinghamshire, leading on the ACP strategy, and is a member of the NHS England integrated urgent care steering group. He is an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences.

Rachel Hollis Professional Nursing Committee

Rachel Hollis - Vice Chair

Member for Yorkshire and the Humber, January 2018 - December 2021

Rachel is Honorary Nurse Consultant for Children's Cancer Care at the Leeds Children's Hospital. Rachel recently retired from her substantive post in Leeds but remains active in the field of children's cancer nursing and children's cancer services at a national level in the UK. She is also increasingly involved in international work to promote the development of children's cancer care in Low and Middle Income Countries. She is a Fellow of the RCN.

Claire McGuigan Professional Nursing Committee

Claire McGuigan

 Member for Northern Ireland, January 2018 - December 2019

Claire was elected to the RCN UK Professional Committee with effect from January 2018 and became a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board at the same time. She has nursed in a range of practice settings including operating departments, medicine and hepatobiliary and haematology. Claire also practiced as a Macmillan palliative care nurse specialist. She is currently a Staff Tutor for Nursing, Health and Social Care with the Open University Ireland. 

Theresa Connor Professional Nursing Committee

Theresa Connor

Member for Scotland, January 2018 - December 2021

Theresa is a  Learning Disability charge nurse within an integrated health and social work team. She has a special interest in cancer, palliative care and pain. She is chair of RCN Forth Valley branch and has been an RCN Scotland Board member since 2012.

Denise Llwellyn Professional Nursing Committee

Denise Llewellyn

Member for Wales, January 2018 - December 2021

Denise has worked in the NHS for 38 years, and latterly held the position of Executive Director of Nursing on the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Wales. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the RCN and in 2017 was awarded an MBE for services to Nursing in Wales. In 2017 Denise became a trustee of the RCN Foundation and Chair of the RCN Foundation Welsh Committee. 

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Member for Eastern region

The Eastern region seat is currently vacant following a resignation. Nominations are currently open for the election of a member to this seat.

Mary Wells Professional Nursing Committee

Mary Wells

Member for London region, January 2018 - December 2019

Mary has recently taken up a post at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as Lead Nurse for Research. Mary trained at Guys Hospital and South Bank. After specialising in cancer nursing and working as a ward sister at Barts’ Hospital, she worked in a variety of clinical, managerial, educational and research roles,before developing an academic career as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. She was appointed as a Professor of Cancer Nursing Research and Practice at the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, University of Stirling, in 2013. 

Tim Grace

Tim Grace

Member for Northern region, March 2019 - December 2019

Tim is a Psychological Therapist in an NHS Tertiary Mental Health Service, where he provides highly specialist interventions and clinical supervision for professionals and postgraduate students. Tim also holds a number of leadership roles within his NHS Trust. Alongside his clinical practice, Tim is currently involved in two research trials relating to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and sits on a number of RCN committees and working groups.


Sally Young Professional Nursing Committee

Sally Young

Member for North West region, January 2018 - December 2019

Sally was in the Territorial Army and ran the resuscitation department of a field hospital during a tour of duty in Iraq. She has also worked as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and as a Resilience and Emergency Planning Manager. Currently Sally is employed as part of a corporate nurse team in a quality assurance role.

Mary Codling

Mary Codling

Member for South East region, March 2019 - December 2021

Mary has held a range of clinical and academic roles across the past four decades. She is currently the Lead Nurse for Learning Disability at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, where she has developed the service to improve accessibility. Mary is a Queen's Nurse, and has been published in a number of academic journals.

Carly Boyce

Carly Boyce

Member for South West region, June 2019 - December 2021

Carly is the Career Development and Overseas Nursing lead at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. Prior to taking up this role in 2016, she spent six years as the Ward Manager for Cardiology/Acute Medicine. Carly is an RCN Steward, and has previously served on the South West Board. 

Julie Green Professional Nursing Committee

Julie Green

Member for West Midlands region, January 2018 - December 2021

Julie is an experienced clinician, having worked in a range of positions since 1990. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Julie is a Queen’s Nurse, a member of the Association of District Nurse Educators and Chair of the RCN District Nursing Forum.

Tracie Culpitt Professional Nursing Committee

Tracie Culpitt

Nursing Support Worker member, January 2018 - December 2021

Tracie works in Education and Organisational development at a NHS Trust as the lead for Quality Assurance. She currently works with bands 2-4, around apprenticeship standards. She also sits on the RCN Education and Clinical Governance Forums. As the Nursing Support Worker member of the committee, Tracie is a voice for the unregistered workforce. She is an ex-officio member of the RCN UK Nursing Support Workers committee.

Lucy Mason Professional Nursing Committee

Lucy Mason

Student member, January 2018 - December 2019

Lucy sits on the RCN Students Committee as an ex-officio member. As the student member of the Professional Nursing Committee she provides a voice for student nurses.