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Nursing research charity announces new chief executive

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The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) has today revealed that it has appointed Joanne Bosanquet as its new chief executive.

Ms Bosanquet is joining the charity from Public Health England where she has been deputy chief nurse for the last six years. She will take up the post in June.

“I share its embedded commitment to inspire, enable and improve”

Joanne Bosanquet

She will replace the charity’s long-standing chief executive Dr Theresa Shaw who announced in December that she was stepping down from the role this spring after 15 years.

The foundation works with nurses and health and social care teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice.

Ms Bosanquet was awarded an MBE for services to nursing and healthcare in June 2013 and she is a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Queen’s nurse.

Between 2006-2013, she worked as a specialist nurse, then nurse consultant in health protection at the Health Protection Agency in England. Since 2013 she has been deputy chief nurse at Public Health England.

Ms Bosanquet became a registered nurse in 1992, later studying at postgraduate level to become a health visitor at King’s College London, specialising in vulnerable groups, dispersed asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied minors.

She is a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, and an honorary fellow at the University of Greenwich and London Metropolitan University. 

She said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Foundation of Nursing Studies – it is an agile and dynamic organisation that clearly influences health and care across the four UK countries and beyond.

“I share its embedded commitment to inspire, enable and improve, which recognises the value of our nursing profession and its crucial contribution to a healthy society,” she said.

“Nursing charities such as FoNS are a vital part of the jigsaw to ensure we have the right skills at the right time and in the right place and I look forward to leading FoNS into the next stage of its already impressive history,” she added.

FoNS chair of trustees Dr David Foster said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome Joanne as chief executive of FoNS.

“She brings great experience and exceptional dynamism to the role which equip her well in creating an exciting future for the charity,” he said.

“She brings great experience and exceptional dynamism to the role”

David Foster

He added: “Dr Theresa Shaw leaves a fantastic legacy of achievement. Under her leadership she developed the work and impact of FoNS significantly which gives a secure foundation on which Joanne can build.”

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “FoNS has made a superb choice in appointing Joanne as their new chief executive and we shall miss her greatly on the PHE team.

“But everyone will benefit from her leadership in this new role and she goes with our warmest possible thanks and best wishes for her new adventure,” she added.

QNI chief executive Dr Crystal Oldman said: “My congratulations to Joanne on being appointed to the chief executive role at the Foundation of Nursing Studies. Joanne is an excellent example of a Queen’s Nurse and QNI fellow taking on an executive leadership position.

“We see Queen’s nurses now in executive leadership positions in the voluntary sector, social care, primary care, education and the NHS, demonstrating both the breadth and expertise of our fabulous nursing community,” she said.

“We wish Joanne every success with this new step in her career and I personally look forward to working with Joanne as fellow chief executive,” she added.

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