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Michael Brown elected new RCN Congress vice chair

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The newly elected vice chair of the Royal College of Nursing Congress has vowed to ensure the event remains “member focused”.

Michael Brown, who has held various roles within the college, was elected to his new position today following a vote by RCN branch chairs, forums and representative committees.

He will take over the post immediately and will support RCN Congress chair, BJ Waltho.

“I will work hard on your behalf to ensure RCN congress remains a member focussed challenging event”

Michael Brown

Congress is the RCN’s annual debating forum for its members and is considered a key event in the nursing calendar.

It allows nursing staff to come together to learn, develop and share nursing practice and to influence nursing and health care policy.

Mr Brown will work with Ms Waltho to conduct the business at Congress and ensure the rules and procedures are followed.

Reflecting on his election, Mr Brown said: “I’m so privileged once again to be given the support of the membership to become your next vice chair of Congress.

“I will work hard on your behalf with BJ Waltho and the agenda committee to ensure RCN Congress remains a member focussed challenging event,” he added.

Mr Brown is currently the staff bank manager at Forth Valley Community Hospital.

He was chair of RCN Council from 2013 to January this year and has held various other roles within the RCN, including vice chair of Council and council member for Scotland.

He has also been the RCN branch secretary for Ayrshire and Arran since 2017.

Ms Waltho said she was “very pleased” to welcome Mr Brown on board.

She added: “He has a set of skills and experience which will support me to develop a Congress agenda and run the business meeting in a way that reflects members current issues and concerns.”

Acting RCN chief executive and general secretary, Donna Kinnair, who stepped into the role following the resignation of Janet Davies this week, praised Mr Brown for his “extensive nursing knowledge and experience of the RCN”.

She added: “I look forward to working with Michael, he brings passion and determination to the role and will be a great asset to the RCN Congress team.”

Mr Brown stood against Maureen Dolan and Linda Bailey in the election for vice chair of Congress.  

The next RCN Congress will be held from 19-23 May 2019 in Liverpool.

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