The Executive Team is responsible for leading the RCN
Jane is responsible for ensuring the organisations that make up the RCN Group work within the law and have the policies, processes and controls in place to achieve this. She is also responsible for providing corporate governance advice to the Group and secretariat support to the Council and the Committees.
Jane has worked for membership organisations all her career. She joined the RCN in 2006. Before that she was Secretary of the National Trust, the largest single membership organisation in the UK, joining from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Aaron joined the RCN in 2020 and has overall responsibility for digital transformation.
Prior to joining the RCN, Aaron was Head of Digital Strategy Products & Innovation at NatWest and before this Head of Transformation at BT Group.
Aaron has delivered large scale transformation programmes across telecommunications and financial services including the merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK launching the EE Group and the digital transformation of commercial banking within the NatWest Group.
Aaron is passionate about transforming organisations through new ways of working using digital technology.
Pat has worked at the RCN since 2016 and has been in post as Director of RCN Northern Ireland since May 2019.
In a career that has spanned both hospital and community settings, Pat was Assistant Director of Mental Health Services and Professional Head of Nursing in a local health care trust before joining the Department of Health as Nursing Officer in 2001. During this time she was involved in the development of the commissioning of the first Medium Secure Unit in Northern Ireland and the first Department of Health standards for clinical supervision in mental health nursing.
Following this, Pat took on various roles in commissioning before being appointed Deputy Director of Nursing, Safety, Quality and Patient Experience in the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB). Pat led the development of the first safety and quality strategy in Northern Ireland and established the 10,000 Voices project which collected patient voices in order to inform commissioning decisions.
Pat was then seconded as Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions within the PHA and HSCB. Before joining the RCN, Pat, on behalf for the Department of Health, led the commissioning and performance management arrangements for unscheduled care services.
In addition to her extensive career experience, Pat is a registered psychotherapist.
Susan has been in her current role since December 2019. She has been a registered nurse for 29 years. Susan trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1991, staying there post-graduation to work on acute wards and the coronary care unit.
Susan later moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital to become dual trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse. Returning to the South West region, Susan studied health visiting at the University of the West of England and, after qualifying, worked as a health visitor for many years in Somerset.
She had many years' experience in senior leadership roles, including regional roles and as an associate director of nursing and quality in a South West clinical commissioning group before joining the RCN in February 2018 taking up the role of regional director for the South West region. She is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining an MSc in Senior Leadership.
Nicole joined the RCN in 2020. Previously she was the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Institute for Government, the UK's leading think tank working on government effectiveness. Having worked in Westminster for over a decade, she has held communications and private secretary roles in the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice.
Nicole has advised on global communication campaigns for a range of organisations, including international NGOs and grassroots charities, and she is currently a trustee of the Schools Consent Project. Her professional training and background is in journalism and public communications.