RCN Northern Ireland Board members
Fiona Devlin: Board Chair and RCN Council member
Fiona is a registered nurse with a specialist qualification in district nursing. She was first elected as a member of RCN Council in October 2013, followed by election to the RCN Trade Union Committee in 2018. Fiona was elected to RCN Council in 2020 for a further four year term and has served as the elected Chair of the RCN Northern Ireland Board since 2013.
Her main area of expertise lies in adult community nursing but she has also held posts at staff nurse and sister/team leader level in both acute and community settings, as well as in the independent sector. Fiona has also worked as a professional and practice development nurse within community nursing and is the lead for RCN Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network.
Fiona currently works within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as an RCN accredited trade union representative, representing members’ interests within hospitals, community settings and the independent sector. She is a strong leader and advocate for the RCN safe and effective care campaign.
Maureen Dolan: Board Vice Chair
Maureen’s nursing career embraces 33 years within the HSC, qualifying as a registered nurse in 2005 and subsequently working mainly within a surgical directorate. She became a full RCN member in 2004.
Maureen has an evolving history within the RCN since becoming an accredited steward within her local HSC trust and Secretary of the RCN Southern Branch. She has previously served as an RCN Northern Ireland Board member and Vice Chair, representing members regionally. Maureen also has experience at a UK level, as a committee member for the RCN Perioperative Forum and as a member of the RCN Agenda Committee, which is responsible for the governance of RCN Congress.
Maureen is passionate about the RCN membership, striving to ensure fairness and equality for all health care staff within the HSC and the independent sector. She is determined to ensure that members’ voices are heard on the diverse range of issues affecting frontline staff.
Denise Kelly: RCN Trade Union Committee member
Denise became a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board in January 2020 following her election to represent Northern Ireland as a member of the RCN UK Trade Union Committee of which she is currently vice-chair. Denise also chairs the RCN Northern Branch.
Denise has 28 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care service, initially as an auxiliary nurse in 1992. Denise is currently a full time senior clinical nurse co-ordinator on the Hospital At Night team. Due to her extensive experience, Denise understands the challenges facing RCN members and is proud to be a dedicated RCN member, Steward, Health and Safety Rep, and activist. Her primary focus is on the RCN’s pay campaign and safe staffing, especially following the successful industrial action undertaken by RCN members in Northern Ireland. She is passionate about the trade union work of the RCN, whilst also recognising the importance of the professional nursing work. Denise received the RCN Award of Merit in 2020 for exceptional service to members.
Siobhan Donald: RCN Professional Nursing Committee member
Siobhan Donald has been an RCN member since 1988, when she commenced her nurse training. She previously served as a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board from 2016 to 2018, when she was also the Northern Ireland member of RCN Council.
Siobhan has been appointed as the Northern Ireland representative on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee for a four year term of office from January 2020. The Professional Nursing Committee is the decision-making body of the RCN on professional issues and is accountable to RCN Council.
Siobhan has held a number of roles throughout the acute and unscheduled care sector in Northern Ireland and is currently Assistant Director of Nursing with the Public Health Agency. Her remit includes health in the criminal justice system, primary care and workforce issues.
Andrew qualified from the University of Ulster in Coleraine in 2009. He began his career as a band 5 theatre nurse in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, advancing to the position of band 6 clinical charge nurse in pre-operative anaesthetic assessment. For the last three years, he has been working as site manager and clinical co-ordinator, based at Craigavon Area Hospital.
Andrew was an active RCN student member throughout his training, sitting on the regional student committee. He is currently an accredited RCN Safety Representative and a member of the RCN Southern Branch committee.
As an RCN Northern Ireland Board member, Andrew is dedicated to ensuring that the voice of the nursing family is heard at all levels. He is keen to promote nursing as a profession and encourage students to become active members. Andrew said: “As an active family of nurses, we can work together to create a safe environment for our patients and each other”.
Paul is a registered learning disability nurse who currently holds the position of Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Queen’s University of Belfast. He has previously held a range of specialist practitioner roles.
His extensive clinical experience has been focused on supporting the biopsychosocial needs of offenders with learning disabilities and mental health disorders, through specialist risk assessment and management systems, forensic psychotherapy, delivery of structured psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational groups, and staff training.
As a Board member, Paul is passionately committed to advocating on behalf of all RCN members working within the HSC and independent sector in Northern Ireland in order to secure fair pay and represent the wider needs of nursing. Paul believes in the collegiality and inclusivity of the profession and aims to contribute to decision-making and policy development which promotes equality, diversity and connectedness among members, no matter where they are working.
Andrew is a registered nurse working as a practice educator for cardiology and specialist medicine at Altnagelvin Hospital. Before this, he worked on the cardiology ward as a band 5 staff nurse and then as a band 6 deputy charge nurse in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory.
He completed a specialist practice course in cardiology nursing at the Queen’s University of Belfast and is currently working towards the completion of an MSc in advanced practice.
Andrew is passionate about the advancement of nursing practice and delivering high standards of patient care through continuous professional development.
Edna is a district nursing sister based in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. She manages a district nursing caseload and covers the Bessbrook area of County Armagh. Edna works alongside another district nursing sister and her team, covering a mixed urban and rural geographical area.
Edna has worked in community nursing since 1995 and has been in her current post for almost seven years. She said: “I really love community nursing and all the challenges that come with it, but I feel we are the invisible tribe. When I put myself forward for a position on the RCN Northern Ireland Board, it was primarily to give all nurses a voice but also to ensure that the role of community nurses is highlighted and the valuable contribution we make to the health care profession is not overlooked.”
Maurice’s clinical practice experience relates primarily to learning disability nursing. However, he has practised in a range of different areas, also including mental health, neurology, district nursing, primary care and education. Maurice has extensive experience as a clinician, manager, educationalist and a nurse advisor at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. He currently holds the position of Staff Tutor (Nursing) with the Open University in Northern Ireland, supporting nursing students undertaking the BSc Nursing programme in all four fields of practice.
Maurice has been an RCN member since qualifying in 1984 and is a founder member of the RCN Northern Ireland Learning Disability Nursing Network. He is looking forward to becoming more engaged in RCN activity during his tenure as a Board member.
Briege is Assistant Director of Nursing for mental health and learning disability in the Public Health Agency. She has been a member of the RCN for over 40 years and is an active member of the Belfast Branch. She first became a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board in January 2017.
Having commenced her nurse training in 1980, Briege subsequently specialised in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. She spent part of her career as a lecturer in nursing at Ulster University, working with nurses from all areas of practice to enhance their skills in recovery and co-production, as well as behaviour change to promote mental and physical health well-being.
Briege is passionate about influencing the quality, safety and service user experience in all areas of public health nursing, building a resilient workforce and promoting mental health and learning disability nursing wherever possible. She is also a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Mental Health Nursing Network.
Lynn is currently on secondment from her substantive Assistant Director of Nursing role to the position of Assistant Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability In-patient Services in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. She has responsibility for the development and provision of services, the multi-disciplinary team, ensuring the safe delivery of care, and working with patients and their families.
As part of her role as a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board, Lynn is keen to focus on safe nurse staffing legislation for Northern Ireland in order to secure meaningful change for staff and patients. The recognition, support and development of nursing support staff is also a key area of interest for Lynn and one that she is committed to championing in order to ensure that the nursing voice is heard at all levels across the health and social care system.
Anne has been a nurse for people with a learning disability for over 30 years and her career pathway includes community nursing and management posts in the HSC. At present she is an operations manager in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
She is a graduate of the University of Ulster and held a joint appointment at the University of Ulster, teaching on the nursing degree course and participating in research projects. Anne has been an active member of RCN since 1984 and was first elected as a Board Member in 2015.
She was a committee member of the RCN Learning Disability Forum from 2010 to 2014. Anne is the treasurer of the RCN Belfast Branch and has played a leading role in the formation of the RCN Northern Ireland Learning Disability Network.
Cherith qualified in adult nursing at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2011. Her career to date has been spent working within the independent sector in Northern Ireland.
Cherith is currently working as a registered home manager in Banbridge. Her areas of special professional interest include dementia care and palliative care. As a member of the RCN Northern Ireland Board, Cherith aims to help raise the profile of the independent sector.
Ruth has been a member of the RCN since she commenced her nurse training in 1995 and was elected as a Board Member in January 2021 for a four year term.
Her career has been mainly focused within cancer nursing and she has held various clinical, specialist and management roles both within the acute setting and the voluntary sector.
Currently, she is Service Improvement Lead within cancer services in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Ruth is passionate about promoting advancement of the nursing role, ensuring high standards of patient care, and transforming care systems to meet user and service needs. She is keen to represent members to ensure we maintain safe, effective and genuinely patient-focused services in Northern Ireland.
Conor has been a Registered Nurse (Adult) since 2010. Elected to the RCN Northern Ireland Board in January 2021 for a four-year term of office, Conor has been a member of the RCN since the beginning of his student career in 2007 and has always been an active member in his local branch and within his HSC trust.
Conor is currently working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in infectious diseases in Belfast and has held a number of positions in cardiothoracic surgery, ward management, patient flow, prison and custody healthcare. Conor is also an independent nurse prescriber and continues to undertake university study, currently being in the process of completing the nurse practitioner programme. He has also completed post-registration study in leadership and management. Conor has a keen interest in pre-hospital care and is a Nursing Officer for St John Ambulance (NI). He is also the Lead Nurse for a large company providing medical cover and resources in festival medicine. In this role Conor leads large teams of doctors, nurses and paramedics to provide medical care to crowds in excess of 40,000 people.
Conor has a keen interest in advancing nursing practices and ensuring nurses have the correct resources to be the best they possibly can be.
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