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RCN Council

RCN Council members

The people who make up the RCN's governing body

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31 Council members
9 English regions 
4 UK countries
Michael Brown

Michael Brown, Chair of Council

Michael qualified as a nurse in 1989 and was elected to the Scottish seat on RCN Council in 2009. Michael has been Chair of the Scotland Board since 2010 and Chair of RCN Council since 2013. He works as a nursing workforce manager at NHS Ayrshire and Arran and previously worked within acute and rehabilitation stroke care. He is an accredited RCN steward and safety representative. His priority as Chair of RCN Council is to increase member engagement and involvement in Council decision making.
Lors Allford

Lorrae Allford, Vice Chair of Council

Lorrae, better known as Lors, began her nurse training in 1976. She has primarily worked in an emergency department, in addition to supporting others in the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust as an accredited RCN steward and safety representative. Lors was a London 2012 Games Maker and is also a senior nurse coordinator for Festival Medical Services. She was elected to RCN Council in 2009 and has been Vice Chair since 2014.
Cecilia Anim

Cecilia Akrisie Anim CBE, President

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, and has been re-elected for a second term of office.
Rod Thomson

Professor Rod Thomson FRCN, Deputy President

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 – 2010 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.
Trevor Allen

Trevor Allen, Eastern

Trevor has been in continuous employment in the NHS since leaving school in 1970, and qualified as a mental health nurse in 1975. He acted as an accredited RCN Steward 1998 – 2009. Trevor has been an active member on a local level, as Chair of the Essex branch 2004 – 2014 and on the RCN Eastern Board 2004 – 2014, of which he was Vice Chair during his last two years.
Carol Evans

Carol Evans, Eastern

Carol has worked in mental health nursing for over 30 years and currently works as a mental health nurse in primary schools in Peterborough. Carol is an accredited RCN steward and learning representative. She has been actively involved in her local branch since 1999 and was elected on to Council in 2009. She will be Chair of the RCN Eastern Board 2016 – 2017. Carol is the Vice Chair of the Nursing Policy and Practice Committee.
Gill Cort

Gill Cort, East Midlands

Gill has been a qualified nurse since 1976 and specialised in providing children’s services after completing her training at Great Ormond Street. Since 2006 she has been the staff side secretary for the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. Gill is an accredited RCN steward. She has sat on the RCN East Midlands Board since 2005, was previously on Council 2007 – 2011 and was elected unopposed to Chair the Governance Support Committee 2016 - 2017.
Dave Miller

David Miller, East Midlands

David qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1990 and has since worked in the fields of forensic, mental health and psychiatric nursing. His is currently on a secondment as the local services staff side chair for a large mental health and integrated health care provider in Nottingham. David is an accredited RCN steward, safety representative and learning representative and previously served on RCN Council 2009 – 2013.
Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis, London

Cynthia has been a nurse and midwife for over 30 years. She has strategic experience as a Deputy Director of Nursing, winning an award for her Trust for building capacity and organisational improvement. She is now a senior lecturer in mentorship and practice education. She is a member of the Chief Nursing Officer BME advisory group and is a judge for the Nursing Times Awards. Cynthia has been a member of the RCN London Board since 2015.
Dr Matthew Hodson MBE

Dr Matthew Hodson MBE, London

Matthew became a registered nurse in 1998. He was the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year in 2013, was awarded his doctorate in 2015 and was recognised in the 2015 New Year’s honours for services to respiratory care. He is the Chair of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and is a member of the British Thoracic Society’s Nurse Advisory Group. Matthew has been a member of the RCN London Board since 2013, and was elected Vice Chair in 2015.
Gordon Lees

Gordon Lees, Northern

Gordon has over 40 years’ experience as both a nurse and manager of community mental health and substance misuse services. He was a member of the RCN’s mental health nursing forum steering committee from 1998 – 2006. Before being elected to Council, Gordon was active within his local branch and on the RCN Northern Board and was employed as an RCN assistant officer for six months in 2009. He has been an accredited RCN steward since 1975. Gordon is Chair of the Membership and Representation Committee.
Trevor Peel

Trevor Peel, Northern

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.
Fiona Devlin

Fiona Devlin, Northern Ireland

Fiona qualified as a nurse in 1989 and her expertise is in adult community nursing. She works for the Northern Health & Social Care Trust as professional and practice development nurse – community. Fiona has been an accredited RCN steward since 2010 and has been an active member within her local branch. Since 2013 Fiona has been the lead for the RCN Northern Ireland community nursing network. Fiona is Chair of the RCN Northern Ireland Board.
Siobhan Donald

Siobhan Donald, Northern Ireland

Siobhan has over 25 years’ experience in acute general nursing as both a practitioner and as a manager. Her current role is as a commissioning nurse consultant for acute and specialist care. In 2015 Siobhan worked as a consultant to review the services of the emergency department at University Hospital Galway with an aim of identifying good practice and making recommendations to improve service delivery and patient safety.
Dave Dawes

Dave Dawes, North West

Dave has over 25 years’ experience in hospital and community care in both the NHS and in the independent sector. He has been an accredited RCN steward since 1992 and first became a member of the RCN North West Board, which he now chairs, in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 Dave served on the RCN Agenda Committee, and he is the public relations officer for his local branch. He is a visiting lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and is Director of Community Health Innovation in Manchester. Dave is the RCN Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Business Committee.
Professor Janet Marsden FRCN

Professor Janet Marsden FRCN, North West

Janet has been a nurse for over 30 years and has spent her career specialising in ophthalmology and emergency care. Since the 1990s she has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University, now as Professor, leading and developing programmes for both nurses and medics. Janet has been Chair of the RCN’s ophthalmic nursing forum, member of the RCN North West Board, branch official and previously served on Council. She was awarded the RCN Fellowship in 2010. Janet is Joint Chair of the Nursing Practice and Policy Committee.
Elspeth Caithness

Elspeth Caithness, Scotland

Elspeth has over 25 years’ experience with a background in acute medical nursing. She is an accredited RCN steward and safety representative and has been Vice Chair of the RCN’s Safety Representatives Committee. Elspeth is North Highland Branch Chair and was re- elected to the RCN Scotland Board in 2014. She is currently seconded to NHS Highland as a partnership facilitator to develop and promote the awareness of health and safety issues within the workplace.
Maria Nicholson

Maria Nicholson-Trewern, South East

Maria became a nurse in 1977 and has been both a Lead Steward and a Health & Safety Representative. She has extensive experience in the NHS and independent sector specialising in workforce strategy, development and staffing levels, and has an MSc in Healthcare Management. Maria was on the RCN Agenda Committee 2002 – 2005 and 2009 – 2011. In 2013 she was elected to the RCN South East Board and was previously Chair of the Buckinghamshire branch. She is Joint Vice-Chair of the RCN Finance & Investment Committee.
Sylvia Simmons

Sylvia Simmons, South East

Sylvia began her nursing career over 50 years ago. Having worked in primary and urgent care, including 11 years as the senior nurse in a walk-in centre, she is currently working as the staff side lead for Solent NHS Trust. Sylvia became an accredited RCN steward the same year she joined the RCN, and is also a safety representative.
Vicky Brotherton

Vicky Brotherton, South West

Vicky qualified as a nurse in 1982 and has worked across a diverse range of disciplines including care of the elderly and learning disability nursing. Since 1989 she has worked as an ophthalmic nurse practitioner. She is an RCN accredited steward and safety representative and Chair of the Plymouth branch.
Gaynor Jones

Gaynor Jones, Wales

Gaynor has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Gaynor is an accredited RCN steward, and primarily works as the lead steward within the Cwm Taf Health Board. She also works part time as a senior staff nurse in the emergency department at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. Prior to her election to RCN Council she served on the RCN Wales Board.
Richard Jones

Richard Jones MBE, Wales

Richard has over 40 years’ experience in nursing and nursing education. Between 1990 and 2010 (when he retired) he worked for RCN Wales, latterly as the Deputy Director and Head of Employment Relations, with responsibility for introducing Agenda for Change into the NHS in Wales. He works sessionally as an external clinical reviewer inspecting NHS hospitals across Wales. He is currently President of the Cwm Taf branch and has previously served as Vice Chair of the RCN Wales Board.
Tracey Budding

Tracey Budding, West Midlands

Tracey has worked in the NHS for over 35 years from health care assistant to modern matron. Her nursing specialism is neonatal intensive care. She has been very active within her local area as South Birmingham’s branch chair, and Vice Chair and Chair of the RCN West Midlands Board. Tracey has previously been a learning representative and is an accredited RCN safety representative, and steward and has been a member of the RCN UK Stewards Committee. She is Chair of the Trade Union Governance Group and Vice Chair of the Membership and Representation Committee.
Sue Warner

Sue Warner, West Midlands

Sue has been a nurse and manager in the NHS for nearly 40 years. She worked in orthopaedics, gynaecology and paediatrics before becoming a district nurse, and currently works as a health visitor. Sue has been involved with her local branch since 2001, and was elected to the West Midlands Board in 2003. In 2015 she was elected for a second term of office on RCN Council. Sue is Joint Chair of the Nursing Practice and Policy Committee.
Anne Kennedy

Anne Kennedy, Yorkshire & The Humber

Anne has been a paediatric nurse for over 40 years, and an RCN activist for most of that time. In addition to her clinical qualification from Great Ormond Street, she holds a Master’s in management and leadership in health and social care. She is an accredited RCN steward and Chair of the RCN’s Bradford and Airedale branch.
Carol Popplestone

Carol Popplestone, Yorkshire & The Humber

Carol has been a registered nurse since 1978. She works as a clinical nurse specialist for Macmillan developing and providing a nurse-led service for patients with urological cancers. Carol is an accredited RCN steward and has been a member of the RCN Stewards Committee since 2013. In the past Carol has been a member of the RCN Yorkshire and the Humber Board.
David Cardwell

David Cardwell, Health Practitioner

David started working as a medical technical officer in 1995 and qualified as an operating department practitioner ten years later. He has been treasurer of the RCN’s Somerset branch as well as serving as a member of the steering committee for the RCN’s perioperative forum. David is an accredited RCN steward and safety representative.
Brian Murphy,

Brian Murphy, Health Practitioner

Brian works full time as an RCN representative for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Before being elected onto RCN Council, Brian held the Scottish seat on the RCN UK Health Practitioner Committee, of which he was also Vice Chair. He is an executive member of the RCN Greater Glasgow branch and sits on the NHS Education for Scotland Health Care Support Worker advisory group.

Charlotte Hall, Student member of RCN Council

Charlotte Hall, Student

Charlotte is studying adult nursing at the University of the West of England (UWE). She is a UWE student ambassador, peer assisted learning leader, and an elected campus officer for her student union. Charlotte founded, and is president of, the adult nursing society at UWE. She has been involved running local campaigns including "Bursary or Bust".
Stuart McKenzie

Stuart McKenzie, Chair of Congress (non-voting member of Council)

Stuart graduated in 2001 when he was awarded student mental health nurse of the year. He is a nurse manager in forensic and rehabilitation services for NHS Ayrshire and Arran. He has been active in his local branch and was a member of RCN Scotland Board 2008 – 2012. Stuart has served on RCN Agenda Committee since 2008, took on the position of Vice Chair in 2011 and was elected to Chair of Congress in 2014 and for a second term in 2016. Stuart is an accredited RCN steward.
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