The Royal College of Nursing today announces its new council chair and vice chair.
Sue Warnerhas been elected as council chair and Richard Jones MBE has been re-elected as vice chair.
Sue holds the council seat for the West Midlands. She has been a nurse and manager in the NHS for nearly 40 years working in orthopaedics, gynaecology and paediatrics. She has 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. This is her third term of office on the RCN council.
Richard Jones has over 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.
Sue Warner said:
“I’m honoured that my Council colleagues have elected me to this role. 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 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 and General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said:
"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."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."