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RCN Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Board

The RCN Northern Ireland Board is responsible for the governance of the RCN in Northern Ireland. The Board meets four times each year. If you wish to contact a Board Member, please email ni.board@rcn.org.uk.

Fiona Devlin, RCN Northern Ireland Board Chair

Fiona Devlin: Board Chair and RCN Council Member

Fiona was elected as a member of RCN Council in October 2013. Her main area of expertise lies in adult community nursing but she has held posts at staff nurse and sister/team leader level in both acute and community settings, as well as in the independent sector.

Fiona currently works for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as a professional and practice development nurse within community nursing.

During her time as an RCN member, Fiona has been a dedicated activist, representing members’ interests as a steward within hospitals, community settings and the independent sector. She is lead for the RCN Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network, and chair of the RCN Northern Ireland Network Committee.

Maureen Dolan, RCN Northern Ireland Board member

Maureen Dolan: Board Vice Chair

Maureen became a Board member in 2015 and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board in 2015. She has worked in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust for the past 28 years, 17 years as an auxiliary nurse before qualifying as a registered nurse in 2005.

Having joined the RCN in 2004, Maureen represents members as a steward across the trust. Her branch secretary role has widened her experience and allowed her opportunities to represent nurses and the nursing voice at a local and regional level.

Maureen has also been a committee member of the RCN Perioperative Forum and serves as a member of the RCN Agenda Committee, which determines the agenda and associated arrangements for RCN Congress.


Siobhan Donald

Siobhan Donald: RCN Council member

Siobhan was elected to membership of the RCN Northern Ireland Board in 2014 and took up her seat with effect from 1 January 2015. She was subsequently elected to membership of RCN Council a year later.

With over 25 years’ experience in acute general nursing, both as a practitioner and as a manager, Siobhan is currently employed as a commissioning nurse for acute and specialist care.

She has been a member of the RCN for the same period and believes in the contribution that nurses make to the overall patient journey and experience.

Anne Marie Marley

Anne Marie Marley

Anne Marie is a respiratory nurse consultant with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She was appointed to this role in 2004, having practised as a respiratory nurse specialist from 1999.

She works across the acute and community services in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and manages the respiratory nursing team.

Anne Marie has been involved in the development of both the Northern Ireland respiratory strategy and service framework. She was a member of the clinical forum for the European Connected Health Project and her main clinical and research interest is the improvement of palliative care in advanced COPD. Anne Marie was awarded an MBE for services to health care in the 2012 New Year Honours.

Karen Oakes, RCN Northern Ireland Board member

Karen Oakes

Karen is employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust as deputy manager of the coronary care and high dependency unit at Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn.

She trained at the Belfast City Hospital and qualified in 1987. Karen then commenced work as a staff nurse in Lagan Valley Hospital, firstly in care of the elderly and then in the medical wards, before moving to the coronary care and high dependency unit in 1995.

Karen has been a member of the RCN since she started nurse training in 1983. She became an RCN accredited steward in 2007 and is an active member of the RCN South Eastern Branch. In January 2013, Karen was elected to membership of the RCN Northern Ireland Board.

Eileen Dunlop

Eileen Dunlop

Eileen is head of Human Resources and Training with Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland and Wales.

She has worked in various nursing and professional roles since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1990, and has held nursing and leadership roles within the independent sector for 25 years.

Eileen has been instrumental in developing a strong working relationship between Four Seasons Health Care and the RCN, resulting in the signing of a formal recognition agreement. Eileen works to develop innovative ways of engaging nurses with the RCN and values the contribution of RCN Learning Representatives within the independent sector. She is keen to extend this contribution to other representative roles.

Roisin Devlin

Roisin Devlin

Since being elected to the Northern Ireland Board in 2012, Roisin has represented the RCN in the development of the NIPEC advanced nurse practitioner framework, contributed written and oral evidence to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission inquiry into emergency care in Northern Ireland, and helped to influence on behalf of nurses and nursing at Northern Ireland political party conferences.
 
Roisin is an emergency nurse practitioner in the Ulster Hospital within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. As an autonomous practitioner, she sees, diagnoses, treats and discharges patients with minor injuries and illnesses from the Emergency Department.

Roisin has been an RCN member since qualifying in 1994 and a member of the Emergency Care Network in Northern Ireland for around twelve years. She is also a member of the steering group for the RCN’s UK Emergency Care Association.

Francis Lavery

Francis Lavery

Francis has been an RCN member since 1986 and an activist since 2007, when he joined the Older People’s Nursing Network [OPeNN], later becoming a member of the RCN Older People’s Forum.

He joined the RCN Northern Ireland Board as a representative of the Southern Branch in 2008 and was subsequently re-elected in 2012 for a further four year term. Francis has been an RCN Learning Representative since 2007 and serves on the RCN Northern Ireland Learning Representatives Sub-Committee. Francis also represents the Southern Branch at the Joint Representatives’ meetings.

Francis has regularly represented the RCN at political party conferences in Northern Ireland in order to influence on behalf of nurses and nursing.

Laura Crowley

Laura Crowley

Laura was elected to the RCN Northern Ireland Board in January 2015. She qualified as a children's nurse in 2007 and currently works in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

As a nurse with frontline experience of caring for acutely unwell children, Laura is very conscious of the daily pressures that nurses face. She recognises the negative impact that staff shortages, system pressures and limited resources have on the quality of clinical care delivered.

Laura is an active member of the RCN Emergency Care Network for Northern Ireland.

Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell

Anne has been a nurse for people with a learning disability for over 30 years and her career pathway includes community nursing and management posts in the HSC. At present she is an operations manager in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

She is a graduate of the University of Ulster and held a joint appointment at the University of Ulster, teaching on the nursing degree course and participating in research projects.

Anne has been an active member of RCN since 1984 and was elected as a Board Member in 2015 for a term of four years. She was a committee member of the RCN Learning Disability Forum from 2010 to 2014. Anne is the secretary of the RCN Belfast Branch and has played a leading role in the formation of the RCN Northern Ireland Learning Disability Network.

Joanna McCormick

Joanna McCormick

Joanna is nurse consultant and Associate Director of Nursing for acute care in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

She qualified as a registered nurse in 1985 and has specialised in critical and acute care nursing in a number of organisations.

Joanna is passionate about patient safety, patient experience and the opportunity for nursing to lead improvement in these areas.

Her aim is to contribute to nursing leadership at a time when nurses are challenged by increasing clinical demand, financial constraints and workforce shortages.

Audrey Harris

Audrey Harris

Audrey has been an RCN member since 1988 and a registered nurse since 1991. She held posts at Ards Hospital before moving to Belfast City Hospital in 1991, working mainly in the surgical wards. Audrey then moved in 1999 to become a community staff nurse within what is now the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

She undertook the specialist practice course in community nursing before taking up a district nursing sister post in Belfast and, subsequently, in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Audrey has worked as a district nursing sister and primary care team leader. In September 2012, she was appointed to the position of professional lead nurse in community nursing. Currently, Audrey holds an interim general manager post in community services within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Molly Kane

Molly Kane

Molly qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1980 and then undertook post-registration mental health nursing training, the field of practice in which she has worked for the majority of her career.

She has held a range of delivery, advisory and strategic roles, most recently as the Regional Lead Nurse Consultant for mental health, learning disability and prison health care at the Public Health Agency, leading the nursing contribution to the strategic direction, planning, commissioning and monitoring of these services across Northern Ireland.

Molly is passionate about the influencing role of nursing as a profession and believes that nurses are central to enabling health and social care transformation in order to meet the needs of the population in Northern Ireland.

Kathryn Gault

Kathryn Gault

Kathryn is a registered nurse working in an older people’s rehabilitation ward in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. She has been an RCN accredited steward and learning representative since 2006.

Kathryn is currently on part-time secondment as an accredited representative for the southern sector of the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

She is Chair of the RCN South Western Branch and was elected to represent the branch as a member of the Northern Ireland Board in 2012.