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RCN Executive team

RCN Executive Team

The Executive Team is responsible for leading the RCN

The Chief Executive & General Secretary runs the organisation with the help of the Executive Team. They get their authority from RCN Council. You can find out more about the Executive Team on this page.

Donna Kinnair

Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary

Dame Donna Kinnair, has been acting as Chief Executive and General Secretary since August 2018, and was permanently appointed in April 2019.

Donna joined the RCN as Head of Nursing in 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice in 2016, where her key role is to work with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.
 
Prior to joining the RCN Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services.

Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry. 

Tim Golbourn

Tim Golbourn, Director of Finance and Business Enablement

Tim joined the RCN in 2007 and has overall responsibility for finance, governance, membership administration, marketing and events. This includes RCN commercial activity as well as planning and risk management.

Prior to joining the RCN, Tim was Director of Finance and IT at Waltham Forest Primary Care Trust. He worked in the NHS for 21 years and held board-level director positions in a number of different NHS bodies. Both through his roles and outside of them, he has held other Trustee and Director positions in health sector-based organisations. 

Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Bronagh Scott

Bronagh Scott, Interim Director of Nursing, Policy & Practice

Bronagh has been at the RCN since late 2018 with a portfolio including nursing practice and education, public affairs, member support services and employment relations.

Bronagh qualified as a nurse in Northern Ireland and specialised in intensive care nursing in Belfast and Perth, Western Australia. Prior to joining the RCN she held a number of senior management and executive director posts in health and social services in Northern Ireland and London. Her most recent position was Executive Director of Nursing at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in Wales.

Theresa Fyffe

Theresa Fyffe, Director, Scotland

Theresa was appointed as Director of the RCN in Scotland in 2007. Theresa is a registered nurse who began her nursing career in Dublin. She later worked within critical care nursing, in the fields of intensive care and neuroscience.

Prior to her appointment as Director of the RCN in Scotland, Theresa was Director of Practice Development and Research within Tayside University Hospitals Trust and Head of Nursing Services. In 2000 Theresa joined the Scottish Executive Health Department as the Nursing Officer responsible for policy, practice development and research. Within a wide ranging role, Theresa had responsibility for research, quality, safe and effective care, clinical leadership, practice development, acute services and strategy development. She went on to become the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer (Interim).

In her current role Theresa is Co-Chair of the Scottish Partnership Forum and works with colleagues in Scotland and across the UK to influence public health strategy and policy.

Janice Smyth

Janice Smyth, Director, Northern Ireland

Janice joined the RCN in 2005 as Deputy Director and Head of Employment Relations and was appointed Director of the RCN in Northern Ireland in 2009.

In a career that has spanned the statutory and independent sectors, Janice spent several years as director of nursing in the independent sector, before moving to the Northern Health and Social Services Board as a Registration and Inspection Officer. Before joining the RCN, Janice was a Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety where she had responsibility for education, professional regulation, workforce and leadership.

In 2009, Janice was appointed by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Northern Ireland Patient and Client Council.
Helen Whyley

Helen Whyley, Director, Wales

Helen has been in post since November 2018 and was previously been Associate Director (Employment Relations) at RCN Wales. She is Chair of the All Wales Trade Union Group, Wales NHS Partnership Forum. Helen previously worked in the office of the Welsh Government's Chief Nursing Officer including advising on policy on the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016. Her clinical background is in intensive care.
Patricia Marquis

Patricia Marquis, Interim Director, England

Having qualified as a Registered Nurse in her home town of Blackpool and a brief spell working in the US, Patricia moved to Oxfordshire and worked as a specialist orthopaedic nurse for many years. Wanting to support her colleagues more she got involved with the Royal College of Nursing as a workplace representative. Developing this passion for fairness and promoting nursing she became a member of RCN staff over 20 years ago and, having held a number of role, now leads the deliver of RCN services across England.