An election is due to take place for the RCN President. The term of office is for two years beginning 1 January 2017 and ending 31 December 2018.
Voting is now open and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 16 November - please return your vote so it is received by then. RCN members were sent their voting paper along with the October issue of their RCN Bulletin (it looks like the image below and has your name and address in the top left hand corner). Lost or misplaced your voting paper? Complete this form and we will send you a replacement.
Find out more about the candidates here.
For more information please download and read the election procedure. You can also learn more about the role by reading the role descriptor:
Throughout my two years as your President I have been proud to continue working on the front line as a nurse specialist in sexual health, enabling great insight into the daily challenges we all face in delivering care.
If you re-elect me as your President, I will work with you to build on our achievements. We have succeeded in putting nurses on the shortage occupation list, we have challenged the Trade Union Bill and we support our dedicated nursing staff by contesting government policies that assault the dignity of our profession. We will continue to fight to protect our terms and conditions and ensure that everyone can enter our profession with confidence.
I have been bold in lobbying and influencing policy makers. It is vital that the RCN leads and shapes the contribution that nursing makes to wider social matters. I have built alliances so that your voices are heard across a broad range of issues. Some of the areas I have championed include: health and well-being for men, for example the 'ONE YOU CAMPAIGN' by NHS England which tackles the health inequality that impacts vulnerable patients; better provision for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems; climate change; and violence against women. I am passionate about these, and other issues yet to be tackled, and welcome the opportunity to build on the inroads we have made.
I stand with you on the front line of nursing care, just as I march with you to defend our profession.
This is what your ballot paper will look like. Make sure you return it in the pre-paid envelope by 16 November.
The EU referendum and the government’s austerity agenda are changing our country and our NHS during a transition to a very uncertain future. And we will need the engagement and involvement of RCN members to guide and inform on our future direction of the RCN. We need a strong leadership team to help us through this time.
That is why I am standing for the position of President, because I think I have the experience, vision and drive to help deliver that agenda. I have had three terms of office on Council, chaired the trade union arm of the RCN, and represented the College at ICN. I am a Steward and a Safety Representative. I have a strong national media profile related to health, patient care and employment.
My three key pledges I make to you are:
I wouldn't be standing for election if I didn't have something to offer you. By voting for me, you will get a President who will speak up for you, for our patients, and for our Royal College of Nursing.
Please vote for me.