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Leader of nursing research charity to step down next year

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The long-standing chief executive of the charity the Foundation of Nursing Studies has announced her departure from the charity, which promotes and supports research by nurses.

Dr Theresa Shaw is to step down in Spring 2019, the foundation announced today.

“Whilst there have been a few challenging times, I can honestly say I have felt privileged to lead FoNS”

Theresa Shaw

Dr Shaw joined FoNS in July 1998 as professional officer and has been its chief executive for the last 15 years.

Under her leadership, the charity has “flourished” and its work and value for the nursing profession across health and social care are “widely recognised”, noted the charity.

Commenting on her decision, Dr Shaw said: “Whilst there have been a few challenging times, I can honestly say I have felt privileged to lead FoNS and to have had the chance to work with so many wonderful people; including one of the most skilled, committed and supportive teams a leader could hope to have around her.

“However, I feel the time is right for me to step down; the organisation is in very good shape, has a strong board of trustees and an excellent new chairman in David Foster,” she said.

“Theresa has given the foundation exceptional service over many years”

David Foster

Professor Foster said: “Theresa has given the foundation exceptional service over many years.

“Her stewardship as chief executive has ensured the foundation is well regarded, well managed and a strong advocate for nursing and practice development,” he said.

He added: “We wish her well and I look forward to recruiting an equally capable successor to lead the foundation into the future.”

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