NMC appoints new Chief Executive and Registrar

She will take over from interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Sue Killen, in January 2019.

Ian Snug
4 October 2018
Andrea Sutcliffe NMC

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive and Registrar.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that Andrea Sutcliffe CBE has been appointed as the new permanent Chief Executive and Registrar of the regulator.


An accountant by background, Ms. Sutcliffe has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care and will take over from the interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Sue Killen, in January 2019.

She joins the NMC from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) where she is Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Previous roles also include the Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission and an Executive Director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

The previous permanent Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC stood down only hours before the PSA published a report which heavily criticised how the Nursing and Midwifery Council handled concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital – where 11 babies died, following failings in care. 

‘Delighted to be joining the NMC’.

In July 2016, in recognition of her work in social care, Andrea received an Honorary Award of Doctor of Science from the University of Leeds. She was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.


Andrea Sutcliffe CBE said:“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Chief Executive and Registrar. The work of the NMC is essential in protecting the public across the UK and promoting the professionalism of nurses, midwives and, in the future, nursing associates.

“I am looking forward to working with the Chair, Council and colleagues to ensure that people are at the heart of everything we do and to secure the confidence of the public, professions and our partners that we will do the right thing and we will do it well.”

‘A wealth of experience’.

Philip Graf, Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said: “I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm Andrea Sutcliffe as Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC and I look forward to welcoming her in January.

“Andrea brings with her a wealth of experience in health and social care. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a real commitment to putting the safety of those receiving care at the heart of her work and I know that she will ensure the voice of patients, nurses, midwives and nursing associates are at the core of what we do. I am sure that Andrea will provide strong leadership to the organisation as we continue to deliver significant change and as we embark on developing our ambitious new strategy for 2020-2025.”


Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “I’m very pleased to hear that Andrea Sutcliffe is to be the new Chief Executive of the NMC.  Andrea has enormous experience across both the health and social care sectors, and we particularly welcome the appointment of someone with such wide-ranging skills.  I very much look forward to working with her on behalf of nursing staff across the UK”.

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