Steve qualified as a nurse in 1978, and worked as a Staff Nurse and Clinical Nurse Teacher across Merseyside before becoming Senior Officer for the RCN Mersey branch in 1986. He was then appointed to the Regional Director post in 2003.
Leading a staff team of around 30 in the Bolton office since then, Steve has been a key member of the Regional Social Partnership Forum, dealing with structural change within the NHS, and has taken the lead on various national RCN projects.
Steve is succeeded in the role by Estephanie Dunn, who has been a nurse for over 30 years, and currently works as the Operational Manager for the RCN Northern region.
Commenting, Steve said:
"Working for the RCN over the last 28 years has been a great privilege. Helping people when they are at their most vulnerable, perhaps facing losing their job, has been incredibly rewarding. I leave the organisation, and the many friends I have made here, with a heavy heart; but as I retire I am comforted by what we have managed to achieve on behalf of our members in the region over the last three decades. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who I have worked alongside throughout my career with the RCN, and I look forward now to seeing the nursing profession and the issues affecting our members continue to be brought to the forefront."
RCN Executive Director for England Tom Sandford said:
"I want to express my sincere gratitude to the North West’s current Regional Director Steve Flanagan for his many years of dedication and commitment to the RCN. I wish him every success in his future pursuits."