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International Committee

The RCN International Committee advises Council on issues that affect nurses around the world.

You can find out more about the role and remit of the International Committee by reading the terms of reference or read more about the RCN's international work here. There are two vacancies on the committee to be filled by RCN members - find out more.

Summaries of the most recent International Committee meetings can be found below: 

19 September 2018 Meeting 

Current RCN International Committee members are: 

Trevor Peel - Chair

Trevor qualified as a nurse in 1973, worked in health services until 1987, then joined RCN staff for 12 years. His career then covered posts in the Cabinet Office and as a prison governor. Trevor served previously on RCN Council and also in a number of charity trustee positions. From 2013 - 2015 he has represented the RCN on the National Pensioners Convention executive committee. In 2015 Trevor was elected to the RCN Northern Board. 

Sue Campbell

Sue first worked overseas as a Clinical Nurse Tutor in a rural training school in The Gambia. After returning and studying for a Masters in Public Health, Sue went to work in Khartoum, Sudan. Here she managed community health worker community programmes and ensured health centres had the resources and personnel to provide good quality services. In 1999 Sue started a country programme for GOAL in Uganda, whilst here she also responded to the volcanic eruption in Goma, DRC. On her return to the UK in 2012, Sue has been working with The Open University as as Associate Lecturer teaching public health and international development courses. 

Geoff Earl 

Geoff works as a Community Mental Health Nurse in Edinburgh. Whilst a member of the RCN Scottish Board Geoff worked with the Scottish Government on a number of projects in Malawi primarily concerned with capacity building and leadership. This has been followed by further years of running leadership courses, especially for newly qualified female nurses. A former member of the Agenda Committee he has ensured that international issues regularly appear on the RCN Congress agenda. In 2013 Geoff was awarded the RCN Award of Merit for his work in Malawi.

Elizabeth Eves

Elizabeth has been an oncology nurse since qualifying as an adult nurse in 2010. She completed her BSc Cancer Care at the Royal Marsden Hospital and has worked in the public and private sectors. She has also worked as a staff nurse in Saudi Arabia. Elizabeth is currently studying Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; her specialist interests are macro-economics, health in humanitarian settings and migration and health. She has held charity trusteeships and volunteered for Girlguiding UK for many years, including on a project in Bangladesh. 

Professor Daniel Kelly FRCN 

Professor Kelly has been a member of the Board of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) for several year and was elected President 2015 - 2017. He has gained international experience of nursing and healthcare in India, Canada, Australia and the US, as well as building networks from travelling widely in Europe as part of his EONS role. Recent experience has also been gained in cancer and palliative care education at Bethlehem University in Palestine. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013 and was made an RCN Fellow in 2016. 

Felicia Kwaku

Felicia has 28 years' experience as a cardiothoracic/intensive care nurse. She has been a member of several committees and groups including the Nigerian Nurses Association UK and the NMC Professional Standards Advisory Group. She is deputy chair of the CNO (England)'s BME Strategic Advisory Group. She has previously traveled to St Kitts on a study tour and Enugu State, Nigeria to educate and deliver cardiac surgery.

Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim CBE - Ex officio member to December 2018  

Cecilia trained as a midwife in Ghana, before moving to the UK and qualifying as a nurse in 1977. Cecilia now works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and 
reproductive health. Cecilia is an accredited RCN steward and safety representative, and was secretary of her local RCN branch for 10 years. In recognition of Cecilia's contribution, she was awarded the RCN Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to members. She served on the RCN London Board before being elected to Deputy President in 2010. Cecilia has been the RCN's President since 2015. 

Professor Rod Thomson FRCN - Ex officio member to December 2018

Rod initially studied psychiatric nursing before training in general nursing and as a health visitor. He is now Director of Public Health in Shropshire and is a visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University's centre for public health. Rod was a member of RCN Agenda Committee 1995 - 1999, Vice Chair of Congress 2006 - 2014, and Chair of Congress 2010 - 2014. He was a member of the RCN North West Board 2002 - 2010. He was awarded the RCN Fellowship in 2002. 
Kath McCourt with Rosemarie Josey and Elizabeth Iro

Nursing Now Involvement

Former Chair of the International Committee, Kath McCourt, has been involved with the development of the Nursing Now project. At a recent meeting in London she met with Elizabeth Iro, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Chief Nurse and Rosemarie Josey, a Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) Board Member.



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