Candidates for RCN Council announced

Voting will open on Monday 2 September.

James McKay
6 August 2019

The Royal College of Nursing’s ruling council provides leadership and direction for the College.

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


The role of the council members includes ensuring that the RCN always has a clear vision and strategic plan alongside acting as guardians of the RCN’s assets.

Voting will open on Monday 2 September and closes on Monday 30 September and the successful candidates will hold office between the 1st of January 2020 and the 31st of December 2023.

  • London – Danielle Tiplady, Mohammad Ahmad, Jim Blair, Lee Bryans, Dr Joan Myers OBE and Claire Picton.
  • North West – Dave Dawes and Beverley Nwosu.
  • Northern – Lee Ranyard-Lant and Dr Annessa Rebair.
  • Northern Ireland – Fiona Devlin, Maureen Dolan, Ann Marie O’Neill and Kirsten Ross.
  • Scotland – Geoff Earl, Kathleen Bree and Margaux Lobban.
  • South East – Jeremy Benton and Dr Heather Mercer.
  • Wales – Richard Jones MBE and Anne Stevenson.
  • West Midlands – Mark Butler and Professor Rod Thomson FRCN.
  • Yorkshire and Humber – Catherine Best, Carol Popplestone and Jane–Elizabeth Tooke.

Candidates for the Eastern, East Midlands, Southwest regions alongside the Nursing Support Worker candidate were elected to their positions unopposed.

Candidates will now undertake their election campaigns.


Sue Warner, outgoing Chair of RCN Council 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.”

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