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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

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

26 February 2019 meeting

19 September 2018 meeting 

Current RCN International Committee members are: 



Anne Marie Rafferty FRCN, Chair

Anne Marie is Professor of Nursing Policy at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London. Anne Marie has been involved in the RCN since 2015 acting as an RCN representative on the Health Quality Improvement Partnership and currently acts as a member of the Safe Staffing Expert Reference Group. She is the current President of the RCN, and is also a Fellow of the RCN. 

Trevor Peel

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.

Chris Carter

Chris qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2000 and held a variety of roles including several at University Hospital Lewisham, before joining the British Army in 2008. He has since been deployed as an Intensive Care Nurse in Afghanistan, and was an Army Nurse Lecturer for three years. Currently on a career break from the Army, Chris is a PhD candidate exploring the development of a conceptual framework and model for critical care nursing in Zambia. He has also worked on projects in Jamaica, Somaliland and Oman. Chris was awarded the RCN Award of Merit in 2016.

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. 

Jason Warriner

Jason is Director of Care, Quality and Governance at Cranstoun, a charity providing services tackling substance misuse. Across the course of his career Jason has worked within the NHS and charity sector at clinical, operational and strategic levels. He has held a number of roles within the RCN including Vice Chair of RCN Congress and Chair of Chairs for RCN Professional Forums, and in 2017 received the RCN Award of Merit. Jason’s international experience includes work in South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Germany.


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.



RCN Council key meeting dates 2019

Find out when RCN Council, Boards and Committees are meeting in 2019.


previous meetings

Meeting diary for RCN Council, committees and boards - 2019

2019 key meeting dates