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RCN elect Buckinghamshire nurse as council chair

The Royal College of Nursing’s governing Council has elected Maria Trewern to be the new Chair.

8 Dec 2017

Maria who started out as a nurse and RCN activist in Buckinghamshire, will take over from Michael Brown in January, and will chair the Council for the next two years.

After becoming a nurse in 1977, Maria has been an RCN lead steward and safety representative in the South East region. She has extensive experience in the NHS and independent sector specialising in workforce strategy, development and staffing levels, and has an MSc in Healthcare Management.

She sat on the Congress Agenda Committee, which helps organise the RCN’s flagship annual event, between 2002 and 2005, and from 2009 to 2011. She is also a former chair of the Buckinghamshire branch and in 2013 was elected to the RCN South East Board.  Her current role is as Head of Workforce Insight for NHS Professionals.

Commenting on her election as Chair of Council, Maria Trewern said:

 “I have huge belief in the RCN.  I want it to be a powerful organisation whose dual role as a trade union and professional body continues to be its unique strength. I will make sure it delivers what it should do for members, without whom there would be no College. 

“I see myself very much as a professional and I want to use my experience as a manager to help drive the RCN forward. I’m not afraid to challenge and speak out. We must see nursing being properly valued, have equality for temporary workers and prioritise safe staffing”.

RCN Regional Director Patricia Marquis said:

“Members in our region are thrilled that Maria has been elected chair. The RCN is the voice of nursing and Maria has campaigned passionately for better pay, decent staffing levels and the highest professional standards amongst nurses to ensure patient safety. The College faces many challenges over the next two years and with the 40 years-experience Maria brings to the table, she will be a valued member of the leadership team."

RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies added:  

 “2018 will be a crucial year for the College.  We will be working with new professional education models, supporting nurses’ development with serious obstacles to overcome on nursing pay, staff shortages and the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.  The work of our Council will be more vital than ever as we tackle these issues”.