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New Chair and Vice Chair for the RCN London Board

Cynthia Davis elected as Board Chair

Cynthia Davis has been elected unopposed as the new Chair of the RCN London Board. Cynthia was elected to RCN Council in December for a four year term and takes over as Board Chair from Ian Norris, who left as Council member at the recent elections.

Cynthia has been a nurse and midwife for over 30 years. She has strategic experience as a Deputy Director of Nursing, winning an award for her Trust for building capacity and organisational improvement. She is now a senior lecturer in mentorship and practice education. She is a member of the Chief Nursing Officer BME advisory group and is a judge for the Nursing Times Awards. Cynthia has been a member of the RCN London Board since 2015.

Maria Ponto elected as New Deputy Chair

At the same time, Maria Ponto has been elected unopposed as the new Deputy Chair of the Board. Maria takes over in the post from Matthew Hodson.

Maria worked in acute nursing before going into education and became an RCN steward in 1990 to represent nurse teachers at the point of transfer to Higher Education. She 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 MSc in Clinical Leadership. Maria has been a Board member since 2013.

Matthew Hodson will remain on the Board in his new role as Council Member for London.

Leadership roles

Commenting on the elections, RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: “These are two great appointments for RCN members in London. The regional staff are looking forward to working closely with Cynthia and Maria in the months ahead. Cynthia and Maria have both given a lot to the region already and I know they will provide real leadership in their respective new roles.

“I want also to pay tribute to Ian Norris and Matthew Hodson for their commitment to the region. They have both worked tirelessly in support of their nursing colleagues and helped to shape the work the region does.”

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Page last updated - 15/06/2018