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.  During 2020, board meetings will be held at the RCN regional office, Bolton on:

  • 14 February
  • 22 May
  • 7 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

February 2020

Key Messages

February 2020

May 2020

Board member Name
Chair and UK Council member 
Dave Dawes
Board member and Vice-Chair Maggy Heaton
Board member Mark Anthony
Board member
Hayley Cooper
Board member
Alan Finnegan
Board member Lorraine Glover
Board member
Sharon Mason
Board member
Kristine Nicol
Board member
Carmel O'Boyle
Board member
Lucy Tomlins
Board member
Stephen Watson
Board member  Rosemary Wheeler
Professional Nursing Committee 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 - 16/06/2020