Community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that former deputy chief nursing officer Kate Billingham will be the new chair of its council.
She was appointed at the QNI council meeting held on 7 November 2012. Ms Billingham succeeds Rosalynde Lowe, who retired at the meeting after nine years in the role.
Ms Billingham is a fellow of the QNI and has served as a member of council since 2008. She is a senior advisor to Nurse Family Partnership International, having led the introduction of the programme in England.
She originally worked as a paediatric nurse and health visitor, before joining the Department of Health as deputy chief nurse for England. She held the post from 2000 to 2006 and was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in 2011.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Billingham said: “The QNI has become a leading national voice in promoting high quality nursing care outside hospital; a role that will be even more important in the future.
“I am honoured to be taking over from Ros and look forward to serving the staff and trustees in their valuable work.”
Ms Lowe said: “The past nine years have been an exciting time at the QNI, which I have enjoyed immensely, seeing many changes and developments.
“Now I am delighted to be handing over to such an excellent person as Kate Billingham who has just the right mix of experience, expertise and vision to take the QNI forward on the next stage of its dynamic journey.”
Ms Lowe served as chair of the QNI’s council from 2003 to 2012.