The newly-elected chair of the Royal College of Nursing has pledged to “make sure it delivers what it should do for members”.
The college has announced that Maria Trewern, née Nicholson, has been elected to lead the RCN’s governing council from next year. Ms Trewern will take up her new two-year post from the beginning of January, replacing outgoing chair Michael Brown.
“I have huge belief in the RCN. I want it to be a powerful organisation”
She became a nurse in 1977 and has been an RCN lead steward and safety representative. According to the RCN, she has extensive experience in the NHS and independent sector specialising in workforce strategy, development and staffing levels, and has an MSc in Healthcare Management.
Ms Trewern also sat on the RCN congress agenda committee, which helps organise the annual conference, between 2002 and 2005, and from 2009 to 2011.
In addition, she is a former chair of the college’s Buckinghamshire branch and in 2013 was elected to the RCN South East Board.
Speaking on her election, she said: “I have huge belief in the RCN. I want it to be a powerful organisation whose dual role as a trade union and professional body continues to be its unique strength.
“I will make sure it delivers what it should do for members, without whom there would be no college,” she said.
Meanwhile, the new vice chair of council will be Richard Jones, who represents Wales on the RCN council and has over 40 years’ experience in nursing and nursing education.
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Between 1990 and 2010 he worked for RCN Wales, latterly as the deputy director and head of employment relations, with responsibility for introducing Agenda for Change into the NHS in Wales.
He is currently chair of the RCN’s Cwm Taf branch and has previously served as vice chair of its board in Wales. Mr Jones will replace outgoing RCN deputy chair Lors Allford.
Dave Dawes will continue as RCN honorary treasurer. He was elected unopposed.
In total, the RCN council has 31 members – two each from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and two from each of the nine English regions.
The remaining seven members are the president and deputy president, the chair of RCN congress, two health practitioner members and two student members.