Irene trained as a nurse in Manchester from 1972 to 1975, specialising in care of the elderly and rehabilitation. She was a ward sister and specialist adviser in this field until 1986 when she was appointed to her first Executive Director position at the Christie Hospital in Manchester as the Director of Nursing/Deputy CEO.
Over the past 30 years Irene has held nine executive roles including Director of Nursing at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS trust, UH Bristol and a National Care Home Company. Irene was also Regional Director of Nursing and Education in the West Midlands and CEO of the Nurse Directors Association UK. Her last NHS post was as Chief Operating Officer at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT.Irene has played key national roles and influenced the development and delivery of policy and is interested in leadership and change management and continues to play an influential role in nursing leadership.
Irene was awarded an MSc from Nottingham University in 1997 and subsequently honorary Professor in Nursing at four universities.
Irene was one of the first Florence Nightingale fellows in 2004 and studied at Berkley and Barcelona University.
Facilitator of Professional Learning & DevelopmentAs a senior nurse Christine is passionate about nursing and working with others to improve the experience of those who use and work within Health and Social care settings. Christine inspires the trust and confidence of those she works with, keeping a clear focus on their goals and sculpts bespoke solutions. She has extensive experience of developing leadership capabilities of individuals, teams and across organisations.
Christine supports, inspires and develops others to reach their potential, she cares passionately about the growth and development of people, and creatively maximises opportunities to broaden their experiences and skills. Christine is recognised and valued for her ability to support individuals, teams and senior leaders to focus on conversations that really matter, however sensitive they are, and to make recommendations that deliver transformational and sustainable change.
Christine draws on her work as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner in designing and implementing tailored engagement and consultation activities. Her achievements include collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy, working with senior system leaders to advance the Mary Seacole Steering group and leading on the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme. Christine divides her time between England Centre for Practice Development and the Royal College of Nursing where she is the Professional Lead for the Executive Network (interim) and Professional Learning and Development Facilitator for London Region. In her spare time Christine enjoys Cycling, Running and scrapbooking.
Denise, has worked within the RCN for a number of years and recently added the Executive Nurse Network to her forum portfolio. Denise currently supports the History of Nursing Society and Research Society forums.