Janet Davies resigns amid concerns over NHS pay deal

Janet Davies will be stepping down from her position as Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, effective at the end of August.

Ian Snug
20 August 2018

The Royal College of Nursing had announced its Chief Executive and General Secretary will be resigning from the post.

Janet Davies has announced she will be resigning from her position as Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), effective at the end of August.


Janet joined the RCN team in 2005, and took up her leadership position three years ago.

It is unknown if Ms. Davies’ registration is related to the recent announcement of an external independent review following claims it ‘misrepresented’ the NHS pay deal or pressure from activists within the organisation.

Future of the leadership is called into question.

The College is awaiting the full findings of a review into the past few months’ events, following which it will take an informed decision as to the long-term executive leadership of the organisation.

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is due to take place in late September in which the future of senior figures within the organisation could be called into question.


The RCN has announced that Dame Professor Donna Kinnair will take up the role of Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary.  Dame Donna is a widely respected executive and nurse of over 30 years’ experience, having held a number of high-profile strategic roles across both health and social care. Dame Donna joined the RCN in 2015, and is currently Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice.

Parted ways by ‘mutual agreement’.

Janet Davies said: “It has been a great honour to represent my profession at the highest level, and I am proud of the achievements the College has made over the past three years against a difficult political backdrop. I wish my colleagues and our membership all the best for the future, and look forward to taking on some new challenges.”   

Maria Trewern, Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Council said: “The RCN and Janet Davies have decided to part ways by mutual agreement. We thank her for all her service to the College as Chief Executive and General Secretary over the past three years, and wish her well”.

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