Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, DBE, RGN, HV, LLB, MA - chair
Donna joined the RCN as head of Nursing in 2015. In 2016 Donna was promoted to Executive Director leading the Nursing, Policy & Practice departments.
Prior to RCN Donna held various roles, including clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.
Alistair Henderson - vice chair
Alastair Henderson (Vice Chair) has been Chief Executive of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) since January 2010. The Academy is the umbrella organisation for Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in the UK and seeks to support and co-ordinate their work, where applicable, on issues relating to medical education and training, quality of care and wider health service policy.
From 2004 Alastair was Deputy Director/Director of Operations and Joint Director at NHS Employers where he was responsible for a range of workforce issues including, at different times, NHS pay, pensions and employment issues.
Alastair was previously Policy Manager at the NHS Confederation where he had responsibility for workforce and quality issues. He has also worked as a national trade union official for UNISON and in local government.
Phil Baker, now retired, was Commissioned Services Director at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. He has previously held posts at Arthritis Care, including Acting CEO in 2013. His professional history includes 10 years of marketing and promotions in the music industry, 16 years with Oxfam in various roles including Head of Campaigns and Senior Policy Advisor, and then CEO of Voluntary Action Swindon.Phil has been a trustee of 10 different charities, helping to found two of them.
He has been a Foundation Governor of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath; a member of a number of `expert groups’ including two Department of Health QIPP working groups for Long Term Conditions and Enhanced Discharge (Year of Care) Pilot.
He is currently Chair of the Quality Institute for Self-Management Education & Training.
Sheila Marriott qualified in Children and Adult Nursing in Sheffield. Sheila pursued a clinical career for twelve years, moving into management before becoming the Director of Nursing at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She then held director positions at Regional Office and Strategic Health Authority levels before leaving to run her own healthcare consultancy business.
During this time she worked with clinical and managerial staff on organisational change, and studied for a Doctorate of Management at Hertfordshire University.She is now the Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in the East Midlands, which represents nursing and nurses, and shapes healthcare policies. Sheila is also chair of the clinical governance committee at Rainbows children’s hospice and the Board vice Chair.
Dr Linda Patterson OBE FRCP has worked as a consultant physician in General and Geriatric medicine in both hospital and community services. She is currently a Non Executive Director of Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust and also chairs the Patient Safety Medical Specialities Expert Group at NHS England.Linda was recently Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians, with responsibility for Clinical Standards – she oversaw the Clinical Effectiveness Unit and the audit programme at the College. She is passionate about keeping the patient focus at the forefront of quality improvement work, and chaired the Patients and Compassion work stream of the Future Hospital Commission at the Royal College of Physicians.
She has wide experience of management roles in the NHS – she has been a Trust Medical Director and the Medical Director of the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), the first statutory quality regulator of the NHS in England and Wales (the predecessor to the CQC).
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown OBE
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown is a London GP and has an interest in musculoskeletal conditions, GP education and health policy. She is also the RCGP`s joint Honorary Secretary with responsibility for governance and leading on College consultations, endorsements and representation. She was the former Chair of RCGP London.
Victoria Tzortziou Brown is a board member of the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where she leads on Integrated Care for adults with complex needs as well as on workforce and research.
In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities. She is the vice-chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation Committee A and sits on the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) Prioritisation Committee. She is a member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest in musculoskeletal medicine and education.
Victoria has been one of the founding members of the Health Foundation Q initiative which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. She is a Senior Founding Fellow and Council member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), a board member of the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) advisory board and a member of the NHS England Allocations Steering Group.
Sarah Dunnett (Treasurer)
Sarah is a chartered accountant, and also holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW. She has worked in the public sector for over 25 years, both in the UK and overseas, including as Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Southwark, and more recently as a local authority Corporate Director in South Lincolnshire. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust, where she chairs both the Quality Assurance and Charitable Funds sub-committees of the Board. She is also a Trustee of the Miscarriage Association, a charity with which she has a close personal affiliation. Sarah completed her Masters in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School in 2015.
Director of Health Informatics, Health Data Research UK Cambridge
Michael is responsible for the health informatics strategy for the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) Cambridge site. HDR UK is the UK’s national institute for health data research and the Cambridge site is a partnership between the Wellcome Sanger Institute, EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. HDR UK Cambridge is focused on integrating electronic health records with bio-molecular data in large patient and population cohorts.
Michael has over a decade’s experience of using electronic health records for research and quality improvement. Previously, he was Director of Information and Patient Involvement for Cancer Research UK, a role that included leadership of the charity’s intramural research using electronic health records and other datasets. Previously he has held national roles leading work to give patients access to their own health records and to improve access to cancer data and biosamples for researchers and has been a member of a range of health service and government advisory groups.
Susan Masters is the Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice for the Royal College of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 29 years. Susan trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1991, staying there post-graduation to work on acute wards and the coronary care unit.
Susan later moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital, to become dual trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse. Returning to the South West region, Susan studied health visiting at the University of the West of England and, after qualifying, worked as a health visitor for many years in Somerset.
She had many years’ experience in senior leadership roles, including regional roles and as an associate director of nursing and quality in a South West clinical commissioning group before joining the RCN in February 2018 taking up the role of regional director for the South West region. She is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining an MSc in Senior Leadership.
Miles is a Director of the Patient Experience Library, the national online evidence base for patient experience and involvement. He set up the library after realising that the NHS is well served by large databases holding all aspects of medical research, but that there was no one-stop shop of searchable evidence on patient experience/involvement. The library draws data from multiple sources including government bodies, patient voice organisations, health charities and academic institutions.
The Patient Experience Library has developed tools such as Knowledge Maps to help NHS staff and patients easily track down key sources of evidence. It also produces research summaries and analysis to help people make sense of the mass of data that is published from multiple sources.
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