Candidates for RCN Council announced

Press Release 05/08/2019

Candidates for RCN Council announced

The candidates for the current round of elections to the Royal College of Nursing Council have been announced. 

Regions where the candidates standing for election are: London, Northwest, Northern, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, Wales, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Eastern, East Midlands, South West and Nursing Support Worker seats only had one eligible nomination each and will be elected unopposed.

Voting opens on Monday 2 September and closes on Monday 30 September. The term of office for successful candidates is from 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2023.

Voting is via a postal ballot and full details of the election procedure is available here.

Sue Warner, outgoing Chair of RCN Council (who is not eligible for re-election) said:

“These are really important roles. The candidates elected will take decisions on your behalf”

“They will be crucial to helping the RCN grow and develop, and will be central to strengthening our position as the true voice of nursing.”

The full list of candidates can be seen below with more information on each available here.




Janice Waters (unopposed)


East Midlands

Deirdre Sissons (unopposed)



Mohammad Ahmad

Jim Blair

Lee Bryans

Dr Joan Myers OBE

Claire Picton

Danielle Tiplady

North West

Dave Dawes

Beverley Nwosu


Lee Ranyard-Lant

Dr Annessa Rebair

Northern Ireland

Fiona Devlin

Maureen Dolan

Ann Marie O’Neill

Kirsten Ross


Kathleen Bree

Geoff Earl

Margaux Lobban

South East

Jeremy Benton

Dr Heather Mercer

South West

Geoffrey Walker (unopposed)



Richard Jones MBE

Anne Stevenson

West Midlands

Mark Butler

Professor Rod Thomson FRCN

Yorkshire and the Humber

Catherine Best

Carol Popplestone

Jane – Elizabeth Tooke

Nursing Support Worker

Evan Keir (unopposed)




Notes to Editors

Council members have a responsibility to ensure the RCN delivers its statutory purpose as outlined in its Royal Charter and Standing Orders and that the College complies with trade union and company legislation. They are accountable for the affairs and activities of the RCN, advocate for the organisation and provide an overview and scrutiny of its activities.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

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