Jill Crawford, lay member of council since 2002, has replaced Nancy Kirkland as president of the regulator’s governing council.
Additionally, last week, NMC chief executive Sarah Thewlis left her post and the regulator published an action plan on how it intends to respond to the CHRE’s recommendations (NT News, 17 June, p3).
The plan sets a range of improvement targets, which should be achieved between September and January.
Ms Thewlis, who announced her intention to step down in June, had been in post since 2002. The NMC said it would now start recruiting for a replacement, with assistant registrar Kathy George acting as interim chief executive.
Incoming president Ms Crawford’s term of office begins on 13 August. She beat Abbey Akinoshun, the nurse registrant member for England, in a ballot of the 22 voting members of the council.
Ms Crawford is currently vice-chairperson of the NMC midwifery committee and also sits on the conduct and competence committee and performance and business planning committee.
She said: ‘As president I feel my objective is clear, to ensure that this council oversees the efficient and effective implementation of our action plan following the CHRE report and ensure that we are delivering our statutory functions in a way that will regain the trust and confidence of our stakeholders and the public whom we serve. We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.’
The NMC will also start recruiting next month for its restructured council. It will advertise for 13 members – not including the chairperson post – from 1–29 September.
However, the Charity Commission has yet to decide whether to launch a further investigation. It said it had met with representatives of NMC trustees and will meet the full council in September.
A CHRE spokesperson said: ‘As the NMC is a charity, the CHRE report is of considerable concern to us as the independent regulator of charities.’