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RCN Council

How the RCN is governed

The Council, boards, committees and groups that make up the RCN governance structure

The RCN takes good governance and representing members in its governance processes seriously. Use this section to find information about how the RCN is governed.

Our Council, committees and boards:

  • set strategy and direction in line with our overall purpose
  • ensure accountability to our members by monitoring performance and ensuring effective compliance controls are in place
  • ensure that we adhere to our Royal Charter, Standing Orders, regulations and policies.

Our representative committees put forward the views of members and represent their interests. Council consults with and listens to the representative committees before taking decisions.

RCN Congress also plays an important role in representing the views of members and influencing the direction of Council.


Providing leadership and direction for the RCN.


Working with Council to ensure good governance of the RCN. 


Ensuring good governance in the countries and regions.
register of interests

Our governance documents

Our royal charter, standing orders, regulations, policies and processes ensure good governance of the organisation.

View RCN regulation, policy and process documents

Key meeting dates 2016

Find out when RCN Council, Boards and Committees are meeting in 2016.

Key meeting dates 2017

Find out when RCN Council, Boards and Committees are meeting in 2017.

Register of interests

The register of interests of senior staff and members in governance roles.

RCN elections and appointments

As an RCN member, you can put yourself forward as a candidate for RCN Council or one of the RCN’s committees, boards or forums.
Regional Boards

Country and regional boards

RCN Boards have governance responsibilities within their countries and regions.