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Nursing regulator appoints two new council members

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced the appointment of two new members of its governing body.

Marta Phillips and Sir Hugh Bayley will both serve as lay members from 1 May 2017.

Ms Phillips has significant financial experience was until recently the independent chair of the NMC’s audit committee.

She has held senior executive public sector positions as well as a range of non-executive roles, and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to social housing.

Sir Hugh served as the MP for York (Central) for 23 years and was previously President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Since retiring from politics, Sir Hugh has been a non-executive director of the UK Board of the International Rescue Committee – whose chief executive and president is David Miliband.

In addition, the NMC revealed that two registrant members, Maura Devlin and Lorna Tinsley, have been reappointed for further terms of three years from 1 May.

The NMC council, which the regulator’s governing body, is made up of six members from a registrant background and six from a non-registrant or lay background.

MS Devlin is a registered nurse and is the member from Northern Ireland. She was appointed in October 2013 and has now been reappointed to serve until 30 April 2020.

Midwife Ms Tinsley was initially appointed in May 2013 and has now been reappointed to serve until 30 April 2020.

NMC chair Professor Dame Janet Finch said: “I am delighted to welcome Marta and Sir Hugh to the NMC as our two new council members.

“I am sure their knowledge, experience and expertise will be a great asset during this busy but exciting period of change for the NMC,” she said. “I am equally pleased that the Privy Council has reappointed Maura and Lorna, who are both valued members of council.”

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