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New Chair of RCN Council elected

21 Jan 2019

Sue Warner has been elected to lead the RCN’s governing Council with Richard Jones MBE re-elected as Vice Chair.

RCN Chair of Council Sue Warner and Vice Chair Richard Jones MBE

Sue holds the Council seat for the West Midlands and has been a nurse and manager in the NHS for nearly 40 years working in orthopaedics, gynaecology and paediatrics. She’s also worked as a district nurse and a health visitor.

First joining the RCN as a student nurse, Sue has been involved with her local branch since 2001. She was elected to the West Midlands board in 2003.

“I’m honoured that my Council colleagues have elected me to this role,” said Sue. “The RCN is the leading organisation for nurses and nursing, with a great history.

“Our new Council will build on that, reconnecting with members and fighting to improve conditions for nursing staff so that they can provide safe and effective care to patients, wherever they work. The year ahead is a challenging one, but we will work together to deliver on these aims for members.”

Richard Jones MBE has been re-elected as Vice Chair of Council. He has more than 40 years’ experience in nursing and nursing education. Since 2016, he has served as RCN Council Member for Wales and Council Vice Chair since January 2018.

Richard said: “I’m delighted to be re-elected as Vice Chair. It’s an honour to continue in the role and I’m looking forward to working with our new Chair and Council, alongside our new President and Deputy President, to make sure we listen to members and that the College goes from strength to strength.”

RCN Acting Chief Executive Dame Donna Kinnair said: “With the elections now complete, the College can face outward to all members, the public and politicians and invite each of those to join us in campaigning for fairer conditions and safer staffing levels.

“Sue Warner and Richard Jones will be a powerful duo to lead our organisation as it reconnects with members and fights vitally important campaigns across the UK. 

“Sue and Richard, along with all other Council members, will give their considerable skill and energy to the roles. They have the confidence of members at every level and the support of staff to provide strong governance for the RCN.”