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Former charity boss and civil servant to be NMC interim chief executive and registrar


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that Sue Killen is to be the regulator’s interim chief executive and registrar.

Ms Killen, a former senior civil servant and charity boss, will join the NMC on 30 July 2018.

Her appointment will coincide with the departure of Jackie Smith from the role. A permanent replacement is currently being sought.

Ms Killen was previously chief executive of St John Ambulance for 10 years. She stepped down from her role with the charity in September last year.

Before joining St John Ambulance, Ms Killen held a range of senior roles in the civil service including as a director general.

She also led an independent review of palliative care for children and young people for the Department of Health, as well tackling the impact of the misuse of drugs while director of drug strategy at the Home Office.

Her other government roles spanned transport, energy and the Treasury, including work on nuclear safety and transport accident investigation.

As reported yesterday, the NMC is advertising for an “inspirational” new chief executive to bring a “fresh approach” to the way it works, following Ms Smith’s decision to step down from the role.

Ms Smith announced in May she would step down as the regulator’s chief executive and registrar after more than six years in the job. She is due to leave her post at the end of this month.

In an advert in The Times newspaper, the NMC said it was seeking someone “who will bring a fresh approach to the way we work”.

Ms Smith has been credited with turning around the fortunes of the regulator, which was previously found to be failing “at every level”.

However, she recently faced criticism from some quarters over the way the NMC handled cases linked to the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal and deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.


Readers' comments (4)

  • "A fresh approach to the way we work..." does that mean you realise that the previous way the NMC worked and Jackie Smith led it was rubbish?!!!

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  • To me it's just another name. Nothing will change except an increase in my payments to NMC.

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  • Why not a nurse? Oh that's right, we're not good enough to lead our own profession. Is the GMC led by a civil servant?

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  • It should be a person who has a nursing background.

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