The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the appointment of two new members to its governing body, including a senior nurse from Wales.
Ruth Walker, a registrant member from Wales, and Derek Pretty, who will serve as a lay member, will join the NMC council from today.
“I’m sure they will make a valuable contribution to the council”
Ms Walker has been appointed as the council member from Wales and it is a condition of her appointment that she continues to live or work wholly or mainly in Wales.
She is executive nurse director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, one of the largest health boards in Wales.
As well as being the professional lead for nurses and midwives, she is the board’s lead director for a range of areas including quality, safety, health and care standards and patient experience.
Ms Walker has also undertaken a number of national and ambassadorial roles on behalf of Welsh nursing.
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Meanwhile, Mr Pretty is a former finance director with links to the education sector in Bristol and Somerset.
He is non-executive chair of South West One, a public-private shared services partnership, and is also a governor of the University of St Mark and St John, and of the Wells Cathedral School.
The NMC council, which sets the strategic direction for the regulator, is made up of six members from a registrant background and six from a non-registrant or lay background.
It is required to include members with specific responsibility for representing Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The regulator has been seeking a new council member for Wales since February.
The previous incumbent was Carol Shillabeer, chief executive of Powys Teaching Health Board, who took up post in May 2013 in the wake of the last major overhaul of the regulator’s council.
NMC chair Professor Dame Janet Finch said: “I am delighted to welcome Derek and Ruth to the NMC as our two new council members and I look forward to working alongside them.
“They each bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise and I’m sure they will make a valuable contribution to the council,” she added.