International Committee

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The RCN International Committee advises Council on issues that affect nurses around the world.

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Dr Denise Chaffer, Chair

July 2021 - December 2022

Denise is currently the Director of Safety and Learning for the NHS Resolution (formally known as NHSLA). Over a 40 year career in nursing and midwifery, Denise has held a number of senior leadership roles within the NHS, including as Executive Director of Nursing in two Acute Trusts, a PCT cluster and NHS England’s North West London regional team.  

Denise has been an active member of the RCN for much of her career, regularly attending Congress for over 30 years. She has held a number of roles within the RCN including as Chair of the RCN Midwifery Society and as a Branch Public Relations Officer. Denise also worked for the RCN from 1997-2000 as UK National Adviser for Education, advising on issues at Government and national bodies level, and supporting the Association of Nursing Students.

Trevor Peel

January 2018 - December 2021

Trevor qualified as a nurse in 1973, worked in health services until 1987, then joined RCN staff for 12 years. His career then covered posts in the Cabinet Office and as a prison governor. Trevor served previously on RCN Council and also in a number of charity trustee positions. From 2013 - 2015 he has represented the RCN on the National Pensioners Convention executive committee.

Sue Campbell

January 2018 - December 2021

Sue first worked overseas as a Clinical Nurse Tutor in a rural training school in The Gambia. After returning and studying for a Masters in Public Health, Sue went to work in Khartoum, Sudan. Here she managed community health worker community programmes and ensured health centres had the resources and personnel to provide good quality services. In 1999 Sue started a country programme for GOAL in Uganda, whilst here she also responded to the volcanic eruption in Goma, DRC. On her return to the UK in 2012, Sue has been working with The Open University as as Associate Lecturer teaching public health and international development courses.

Chris Carter

April 2019 - December 2022

Chris is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University. An experienced critical care nurse and leader and during the first wave of the Covid-19 was seconded as Matron for Critical Care in a London Hospital. An expert in the delivery of critical care nursing in resource-limited environments and has worked in a variety of settings, including Afghanistan and Oman. Chris is leading projects in Zambia, and has supported projects in Vietnam, Somaliland and Jamaica. He has lectured on critical care in China and is a visiting professor there. His current work in Zambia has resulted in the development of graduate specialist nurse education for critical care nurses and the scale-up of critical care nurse in Zambia in terms of education, teaching resources and access. He is now leading work in trauma and emergency nursing. 

Elizabeth Eves

January 2018 - December 2021

Elizabeth has been an oncology nurse since qualifying as an adult nurse in 2010. She completed her BSc Cancer Care at the Royal Marsden Hospital and has worked in the public and private sectors. She has also worked as a staff nurse in Saudi Arabia. Elizabeth is currently studying Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; her specialist interests are macro-economics, health in humanitarian settings and migration and health. She has held charity trusteeships and volunteered for Girlguiding UK for many years, including on a project in Bangladesh.  

Professor Daniel Kelly OBE FRCN

January 2018 - December 2021

Professor Kelly has been a member of the Board of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) for several year and was elected President 2015 - 2017. He has gained international experience of nursing and healthcare in India, Canada, Australia and the US, as well as building networks from travelling widely in Europe as part of his EONS role. Recent experience has also been gained in cancer and palliative care education at Bethlehem University in Palestine. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013 and was made an RCN Fellow in 2016.

Felicia Kwaku OBE

January 2018 - December 2021

Felicia has 28 years' experience as a cardiothoracic/intensive care nurse. She has been a member of several committees and groups including the Nigerian Nurses Association UK and the NMC Professional Standards Advisory Group. She is deputy chair of the CNO (England)'s BME Strategic Advisory Group. She has previously traveled to St Kitts on a study tour and Enugu State, Nigeria to educate and deliver cardiac surgery. 

Jason Warriner

April 2019 - December 2022

Jason is Director of Care, Quality and Governance at Cranstoun, a charity providing services tackling substance misuse. Across the course of his career Jason has worked within the NHS and charity sector at clinical, operational and strategic levels. He has held a number of roles within the RCN including Vice Chair of RCN Congress and Chair of Chairs for RCN Professional Forums, and in 2017 received the RCN Award of Merit. Jason’s international experience includes work in South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Germany.


Kath McCourt with Rosemarie Josey and Elizabeth Iro

Nursing Now Involvement

Former Chair of the International Committee, Kath McCourt, has been involved with the development of the Nursing Now project. At a recent meeting in London she met with Elizabeth Iro, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Chief Nurse and Rosemarie Josey, a Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) Board Member.

Meeting diary for RCN Council, committees and boards - 2021

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