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Regional board

The RCN North West board is the democratically-elected governing body of the RCN in the North West. The board works with the regional director to set the RCN's regional strategic objectives and priorities and advance the RCN's aims and objectives, namely to:

  • promote the art and science of nursing and the better education and training of nurses and their efficiency in the profession of nursing
  • promote the advancement of nursing as a profession in all or any of its branches
  • promote the professional standing and interests of members of the nursing profession
  • assist nurses who, by reason of adversity, ill health or otherwise are in need of assistance of some nature.

Board meetings

The board meets three times a year and board members hold seats to represent RCN Branches, fields of practice or national committees. The board meet four times each year.  During 2018, board meetings will be held at the RCN regional office, Bolton on:

  • 15 February
  • 23 May
  • 4 September

If you would like to find out more about the board by attending one of its meetings or would like to contact a board member then please email

Board minutes

RCN members can obtain a copy of the minutes of the regional board. Email

Board member Name
Chair and UK Council member 
Dave Dawes
Vice-Chair Maggy Heaton
Region Mark Anthony
Region Suzanne Butler
Region Claire Chatterton
Region Hayley Cooper
Lesley Doherty
Alan Finnegan
Region Karen Lister
Region  Sharon Mason
HCA Rep Tom Palin
Region  Verna Phillips
Region  Ali Richards
Region Lucy Tomlins 
Region  Rosemary Wheeler
Region Christian Wrathall
TUC Rep Mike Travis
Professional Rep Sally Young
Secretary to the Board  Estephanie Dunn, Regional Director, RCN North West 

North West Council members

RCN Council is the organisation's governing body, responsible for setting the RCN's priorities, objectives and policies. The region's current representative on Council are:

  • Dave Dawes (4 year term to 2020): Dave has over 25 years' experience in hospital and community care in both the NHS and in the independent sector. He has been an accredited RCN steward since 1992 and first became a member of the RCN North West Board in 2002. From 2003 to 2005 Dave served on the RCN Agenda Committee, and he is public relations officer for his local branch. he is a visiting lecturer at the Liverpool John Moores University and he is Director of Community Health Innovation in Manchester.

Find out more about Council and how the RCN is governed.

Page last updated - 03/08/2019