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Northern Ireland’s chief nurse becomes trustee of RCN charity

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The chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland and an award-winning research nurse are among five new trustees appointed by the RCN Foundation.

The charity announced today that it had appointed Northern Ireland CNO Charlotte McArdle and Moya Kirmond, a trauma clinical research nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

“I am delighted that we will have such high calibre trustees joining our board”

Robert Sowney

The charity’s other new three trustees joining its board include a former director of Virgin Money, a housing expert and a biologist.

The foundation is a national charity that provides hardship and education grants to nurses, and supports nursing-led projects that improve patient care.

The charity has funded a number of projects covering issues such as dementia, mental health and care homes.

Robert Sowney, chair of the RCN Foundation, said: “The new trustees who are joining our board bring a wealth of skills, experience and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds including charity governance, senior and frontline nursing, and managing investments.

“I am delighted that we will have such high calibre trustees joining our board,” he said. “This is an important moment for the RCN Foundation.

“We have recently agreed a new three-year strategy through which we aim to increase our reach and impact,” said Mr Sowney.

He added: “Our newly strengthened board will ensure that we are well placed to achieve our ambitions to make a positive difference to nursing and patient care, both now and in the future.”


Details of the RCN Foundation’s new trustees:

Gordon Hull

Gordon has extensive commercial experience in the financial services sector, working for a wide range of leading consumer-focused businesses in executive roles. His most recent role was as Executive Director of Investments and Pensions for Virgin Money.

He has extensive experience in strategy development, commercial management, digital development and investment governance for leading consumer-focused businesses.


Moya Kirmond

Moya is a trauma clinical research nurse in the NET Research Team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She is a previous recipient of an educational grant from the foundation. She was given an RCN Foundation Impact Award in 2017 for the excellence of her funded work.

Moya is also a winner of Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery award for highest overall academic achievement in the 2014 graduating class.


Rachel Lambert-Forsyth

Rachel is the director of membership and professional affairs at the Royal Society of Biology; company secretary for Charles Darwin House Ltd and a panel member on the Department of Education’s Healthcare Science Technical Panel.

She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). Rachel has significant experience of governance and an excellent knowledge of the education landscape.


Charlotte McArdle

CNO for Northern Ireland

Charlotte McArdle

Charlotte McArdle

Charlotte is the chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and has worked in a number of senior roles.

This includes as director of nursing for primary care and older people for South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Belfast.

Charlotte has specialist knowledge in nursing and nurse education, strategic planning, health and social care policy and impact measurement.


Atul Patel

Atul’s career has spanned 30 years of working in housing, regeneration, and the public sector. He has worked in a number of senior roles including as director of regulation at the Housing Corporation, deputy director at the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit and chief executive at LHA-ASRA Group.

He has also held a number of non-executive roles including chair of the Race Equality Advisory Group at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. He was awarded MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to heritage and the community in the East Midlands.

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