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Remembering Alun Islwyn Giles

Richard Jones MBE 31 Jan 2022

The Alun Islwyn Giles scholarship was established on 21 December 1989 to honour the amazing contribution he made to the nursing profession

RCN scholarships are an excellent way for individuals with innovative ideas, pioneering skills and the utmost dedication to health care to secure funding to pursue their career goals and make meaningful changes to the profession. 

The Alun Islwyn Giles Scholarship was launched 23 years ago to honour Alun and the outstanding contribution he made to the nursing profession as both a practicing health care professional and chair of the RCN Wales Board.

Alun served as Chair of the RCN Wales Board for two four-year terms between 1981 – 1989. He was also a member of RCN Council between these dates and went on to become Chair of RCN Council.

When I met Alun, he was the Chief Administrative Nursing Officer (CANO) at Gwent Health Authority – which was the most senior nursing post in the health authority. All directors of nursing across the health authority reported professionally to him.

Alun was a very experienced senior leader, who instilled confidence in his colleagues to always provide the best patient care and to achieve their personal goals. He was always incredibly supportive and empowered our members in their nursing roles. 

The Alun Islwyn Giles Scholarship promotes the advancement of the art and science of nursing and is open to RCN members working in Wales who hold a statutory qualification in nursing. 

We all know that nursing is a career that requires life-long learning and development but there can be financial challenges around furthering educational endeavours. A scholarship opportunity can help with this objective.

This scholarship is an excellent legacy for Alun and his engagement with the RCN and exemplifies his passion for nursing. The scholarship for 2022 closes on 31 March. For more information on the criteria and how to apply please contact for more information. 

Richard Jones MBE

Richard Jones MBE

RCN Wales Board Chair

Richard Jones has over 51 years’ experience in nursing and nurse education and has worked in various roles for RCN Wales, Richard is currently RCN Council Member for Wales, Chair of the RCN Group Remuneration Committee, member of the RCN Governance Support Committee and Chair Cwm Taf Morgannwg RCN Branch. He was elected as Chair of the RCN Wales Board in January 2021.

Page last updated - 13/06/2022