Selven Armon (Outer South West London)
Selven worked as a radiographer in his native land Mauritius before he trained as a nurse at the University of Greenwich and has over a decade of experience working in cardiology as a Cathlab nurse, CCU nurse, chest pain nurse and currently managing the cardiology and haematology at Croydon University Hospital. Also a chemo trained nurse, Selven started as an RCN activist when he was working as a newly qualified nurse at Queen Mary's hospital in Sidcup and continued this role as a steward at St George's hospital and Northwick Park hospital. Member of the JSCC at Croydon health services, Selven has a passion for good nursing practice and mainly supporting nurses to deliver high standard of care.
Noeleen Behan (Outer North Central London)
Noeleen is a registered nurse with over 27 years’ of nursing experience, having commenced nurse training in 1987 at Barnet College of Nursing she completed a BSc in Nursing Studies in 2003 and recently completed an MSc Management course, both at the University of Hertfordshire. Noeleen is currently the Chair of the RCN Outer North Central London Branch and was recently re-elected to a third term in that positon, having previously been branch secretary. Noeleen was the Chair of staff side at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital NHS Trust for over ten years. Noeleen has ten years’ experience as an RCN Steward and is an experienced negotiator as well as an experienced ACAS trained mediator.
Diane Cameron (Outer South East London)
Diane is a registered nurse with over 35 years’ experience having commenced training in 1979 as Farnborough School of Nursing (later becoming the Nightingale School of Nursing –Kings College, London). Moving from Community Nursing into Education with Education related BA (1st Hons) and an MA, Diane is currently the chair of Outer South East London Branch, and was previously the Branch secretary. As a learning rep and education lead, Diane is an advocate for nurse’s development and the cultural transition needs of overseas nurses.
Cynthia Davis (Council Member and Board Chair)
Cynthia has worked within the NHS for over 30 years, half of which time has been spent in management roles, including as Director of Nursing for 1 year in an interim role and Deputy Director of Nursing for 4 years. Cynthia’s current role is that of Senior Lecturer in Mentorship & Practice Education at Kingston University & St George’s University of London, where in addition to working with post –registration nurses she has the opportunity to work with pre-registration nursing students. Cynthia has an ethos of working with integrity, openness and fairness, applying a non-judgemental approach. In joining the Board Cynthia hopes to play a part in shaping and championing our profession, both as an educator and a Board member.
Angela Dempsey (Inner North East London)
Matthew Hodson (Council Member)
Matthew Hodson is currently a COPD Nurse Consultant at the Homerton University Hospital. He has been a qualified nurse for 14 years, of which 8 have been in London. He manages an award winning integrated COPD team covering all aspects of management. Matthew completed his MSc in nursing at City University, where he is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer and is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Nursing. He is also a non-medical prescriber and recently won the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year for work around end of life care for people with advanced COPD. He seeks to support and champion the role of nursing, never underestimating the valuable role that nurses have in providing quality patient care 24 hours a day.
Susan Howkins (Inner North West London)
Sue is both a registered nurse and a mental health nurse with experience in mental health and learning disabilities services. She is a disability equipment adviser for the Disability Living Foundation and prior to nursing had six years in retail pharmacy. Sue is enthusiastic about expanding the RCN branch role and actively reaching out to members.
Dr Maria Ponto (Vice Chair and Inner South West West London)
Maria is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing at Kingston University and St. George’s University of London, where she is a course director for the MSc in Clinical Leadership. She also has links with 6 clinical areas at the local teaching hospital. Prior to becoming an educator, Maria had many years of acute nursing experience and became RCN steward in 1990 to represent nurse teachers at the point of transfer to Higher Education. Maria is passionate about the future of the NHS and healthcare education. She believes that education must be relevant to practice and that workforce development should be given more prominence to equip nurses for the complexities of the modern NHS.
Joyce Inoniyegha (Outer North West London)
Dr Joan Myers OBE (Outer North East London)
Samuel Newman (Inner South East London)
Samuel has a background in Intensive Care nursing at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where he is an elected Staff Governor. He currently works for NHS Blood and Transplant as a Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, in the London regional team. Samuel trained at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London and qualified in 2011. He is currently working towards an MSc. He aims to engage with London members and ensure that their views, thoughts and ideas are heard by the London Board and RCN Council.
Faith Thornhill (Inner North Central London)
Faith has over 30 years experience as a Registered Nurse in adult general, mental health and intensive care nursing and as a lecturer practitioner. She works at UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, until recently as a senior clinical site manager. Faith is currently the RCN Lead for the Trust and Chair of Staffside. As an RCN steward she has represented members for approaching twenty years and additionally she has recently been re-appointed as a NMC Fitness to Practice panellist. She is passionate about Nursing and supporting Nurses. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org