Who will you choose?

Six members are standing for election to become the next RCN President. Find out how they might represent you

Sue Hill

Describe yourself in a sentence

I am a dedicated, energetic and highly motivated nurse who cares passionately about my profession, seeking to promote its recognition and standing, both now and in the future.

Why would you make a good RCN President?

I understand the enormous diversity of nursing roles and my inquisitive nature means I do, and will continue to, actively seek out nurses to listen to and learn from in order to make my decisions on how to improve nursing as a whole.

What would you want to achieve in the role?

I want all members to feel supported by the RCN to be the best possible nurse they can and be empowered to use their skills, knowledge and experience to provide excellent patient care. I want to put the pride and passion back into nursing so each and every nurse feels valued and encourages others to join our amazing profession.


Celia Manson

Describe yourself in a sentence

I am approachable, compassionate and ready to listen – objective and decisive when necessary – I am a nurse.

Why would you make a good RCN President?

I offer continuity and understanding, with a willingness to take on the new challenges that this will bring. The RCN is my second family – a family in which I am a loyal and committed member and a critical friend. I am clear-sighted about the tension that exists between the union and professional side of the RCN and I want to use this constructively for the benefit of members.

What would you want to achieve in this role?

I would like each of our members to feel that the RCN respects them as individuals with differing views but shared values. I want to see an RCN that is honest, that listens and influences, and that acknowledges mistakes and tries to put them right.


Marion Mason

Describe yourself in a sentence

A caring, compassionate person with a positive attitude and lots of common sense.

Why would you make a good RCN President?

I want to help correct some of the issues affecting nursing currently. Having been a nurse for many years, I can hopefully represent this special group of people.

What would you want to achieve in the role?

We need to ensure safe staffing legislation is implemented and is the same for the four countries of the UK. Physical and mental pressure eventually takes its toll and pushes many health professionals to leave. Many feel there is nothing they can do to change this staffing crisis. I want to, with the RCN, also see an increase in student training quotas. We must increase funding for student training and also find an alternative to student loans, which replaced bursaries and have already had an impact on student applications.


Anne Marie Rafferty

Describe yourself in a sentence

I’m a passionate, energetic, fun-loving person, who enjoys travel, food, sport and culture.

Why would you make a good RCN President?

I’m a strong leader, strategic thinker and bring fresh thinking, academic rigour and international experience, networks and learning to the RCN. I’m a natural connector of people, ideas and action, passionate about leadership development and getting nurses to the policy table to enable their voices to be heard.

What would you want to achieve in the role?

I have a six point plan to change the way we think about and invest in workforce transformation and generate the renewable energy the profession needs. I am also keen for the RCN to act as an incubator of talent to support nurses to use their creative skills to develop leadership and support to drive change and engage more nurses in the design as well as delivery of policy.

Robert Sowney

Describe yourself in a sentence

I am a caring professional with strong values, good people skills and the ability to engage, listen and empower

Why would you make a good RCN President?

My leadership style is transformational having a strong belief in the value and richness of people and the importance of emotional intelligence. I have the qualities, skills and experience to work and lead at senior levels within complex organisations. I know the challenges nurses and HCAs face and as a frontline nurse myself I live those challenges with them.

What would you want to achieve in the role?

I want to be the voice of every nurse and HCA, in every sector and in every country of the UK, bringing together the profession to deliver quality health care, using the RCN as the platform for doing this. I will ensure the profession’s commitment to care is recognised, respected and rewarded.


Rod Thomson

Describe yourself in a sentence

I’m a calm, caring, compassionate, competent, constructive and creative nurse.

Why would you make a good RCN President?

The President’s role needs someone with a good understanding of the diverse fields of nursing practice at both UK and international levels. My career has given me varied experience of nursing in the NHS, independent sectors, mental health, social care, academic and clinical settings. I’ve been fortunate enough to see health and social care across the UK and the globe. These factors combined with over 30 years’ experience as a nursing activist and four years as RCN Deputy President make me believe I can serve our members as a good President.

What would you want to achieve in the role?

Safe staffing and fair pay in every sector of nursing, improved member engagement, improved recruitment and retention of nursing staff and fair funding to protect public health nursing services.


Cast your vote

Ballot papers for members to elect the next RCN President will arrive in the post from 11 October. Find out more about the candidates and those standing for election to the role of RCN Deputy President on the RCN website


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