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RCN Welcomes President and Deputy President Elect
Sep 19, 2006

The Royal College of Nursing is delighted to announce that members have elected Maura Buchanan as their President, Bobbie Chadwick as Deputy President, and Ben Mott as Student Member of Council. They will take up office at the RCNís Annual General Meeting in Cardiff on October 18.

President Elect Maura Buchanan, Senior Nurse at the Oxford Radcliffe, was previously the RCNís Deputy President for four years.

The RCN President and Deputy President are two of the highest leadership roles in the organisation. Both are high-profile and demanding, and involve representing members on the local, national and international stage. The RCN President and Deputy President help raise the RCNís profile, lobby on RCN policy and represent it at various functions and conferences.

Maura Buchanan began a nursing career after graduating with her BA and RGN from Glasgow Caledonian University followed by two years working as a Research Assistant at Glasgow University. She specialised in Neurosurgical Nursing, has Post Graduate Diplomas in Clinical Neurosciences and Health Law. She has worked in several hospitals in Glasgow and London, before coming to Oxford in 1993.

Maura Buchanan said: ďIím deeply honoured, privileged and very humbled to be made President Ė itís very exciting. I would like to thank my fellow candidates for having made this such a good election for the members.

ďI will be delighted to welcome Bobbie Chadwick back to Council as Deputy President to work with me; she will be well-known by many of the members as she served eight years as a council member. I am also pleased to welcome our new Student Member of Council Ben Mott.

ďThe RCN is moving into a new era with real challenges ahead, and I will strive to ensure this organisation remains focussed on its members as we ensure high-quality patient care.Ē†

Bobbie Chadwick, Deputy President Elect, trained as a nurse and started nursing in St James University Hospital in 1972. She was a Night Sister for 18 years, before working as a Sister in Gynaecology-Oncology until 1996. Then the Trusts merged and asked her to work full time as an RCN representative, and she became Chair of the Staff Council in the same year.

Bobbie Chadwick said: ďI am immensely proud and so honoured to be representing the RCN. It is a huge responsibility and I am looking forward to delivering the RCNís manifesto on behalf of all members. I am passionate that the RCN should be a member-led organisation.Ē

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Elections took place for a number of RCN member representative positions:RCN President, Deputy President, Student Member of Council, Chair of Congress, Vice Chair of Congress, as well as positions within Board, ANS and Forum Steering committees. Outgoing RCN President Sylvia Denton CBE won the Nursing Standard Cancer Nursing Award in 1998, and has been a RCN activist for 20 years.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world.† The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.

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