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Regional Board

The RCN South West Board meets three times a year, currently online. It has representation from every South West branch, RCN Council, the two main sub-committees of Council, and the independent sector.
The notes of the open sessions of past meetings are available to download: February 2020, May 2020, September 2020.
If you wish to contact a board member please email

Jeanette Jones

Jeanette Jones - Chair

Jeanette (Nettie) has been the South West Board Chair for almost two years now. She is also the secretary of the Greater Bristol Branch, the largest RCN branch in UK. As an advocate for our members she works closely with RCN staff and our Council members to gain the best for the nursing workforce.

By background she is an orthopaedic nurse. She is employed as lead steward for University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. 

Jaydee Swarbrick

Jaydee Swarbrick - Vice Chair

Jaydee Swarbrick is vice chair and represents Dorset on the South West Regional Board. She also represents the South West on the RCN Staffing for Safe and Effective Care oversight and scrutiny committee for England.

Jaydee is a registered nurse with a background in cardiology, acute medicine and more recently quality governance and assurance roles. She is currently employed as the patient safety specialist for Dorset Integrated Care System. As an RCN steward and staff side lead, Jaydee is committed to ensuring fair and compassionate management and an open and transparent approach to staff engagement. 

Geoffrey Walker

Geoffrey Walker - Council member

Geoffrey Walker has been an active member of the RCN for 25 years as chair of the Dorset branch and he is also the RCN Council representative for South West England. He began his nursing career as a student at the West Cumberland Hospital in Cumbria in 1985, qualifying in 1988. He moved to Poole Hospital in Dorset in April 1990 and has been there for 31 years covering many services, initially as a nurse and senior nurse on intensive care and for the last 16 years as a matron covering specialist medicine, specialist nursing, cardiology and ambulatory care.
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Carly Boyce - Professional Nursing Committee member

Carly represents the South West on the RCN Professional Nursing Committee. She is the career development and overseas nursing lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. Prior to taking up the role in 2016, she spent six years as the ward manager for cardiology / acute medicine. Carly is an RCN steward, and has previously served on the South West Board. 
Jeni Watts

Jeni Watts - Trade Union Committee member

Jeni Watts is a registered adult and child nurse and health visitor who studied at King's College London and South Bank University. She has worked for over 20 years in a variety of roles across the health sector in London, South West England and overseas. These have included roles at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sure Start, the voluntary sector, Virgin Care and nearly 10 years as a professional/trade union officer for the Royal College of Nursing. Jeni currently works for a clinical commissioning group supporting engagement. She is a committed nurse activist, the chair of the RCN Devon Branch and was elected to represent the South West on the RCN Trade Union Committee. She is a coordinator of the 'We Are Global Nursing' campaign that aims to amplify the voice of global nurses and nursing.
Steve Dunne-Howells

Steve Dunne-Howells - Bath Branch

Steve has worked for the NHS for more than 23 years and been a member of the RCN for 17 years. An active member, he has held several positions in the Bath branch executive committee, from secretary to vice chair to branch treasurer. He is an RCN steward, and was the first HCA to speak at RCN Congress, one of his many proudest moments. To date he is the only HCA in the UK to teach and help implement Agenda for Change in his trust, and he was the first HCA to hold the position of lead RCN steward at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. 
Margaret North

Margaret North - Cornwall Branch

Margaret trained as a state registered nurse in Coventry in the 1970s before moving to Cornwall in 1975. She also trained as a midwife but soon realised midwifery was not for her.  She has probably worked in every trust or health authority in the county over the years, encompassing acute, community and mental health. She worked for a CIC which went on to merge with the mental health trust in Cornwall.

Margaret’s passion is community nursing. Until recently she worked in a rapid assessment team for nearly 10 years, facilitating early hospital discharge and working to avoid hospital admission whenever possible. She now works 15 hours a week as a trade union representative for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 
Ali Purkiss

Ali Purkiss - Devon Branch

Ali Purkiss is a community nurse specialist at Okehampton Community Hospital. She is an RCN South West Board member to be a voice for members across Devon.

She trained at Carshalton School of Nursing more than 30 years ago. She has been an RCN rep for more than ten years and has an active role as staffside vice chair for Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to the TUPE transfer of community services to the RD&E Ali worked for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Charlotte Jakab-Hall, RCN South West Board member for Gloucestershire

Charlotte Jakab-Hall - Gloucestershire Branch

Charlotte is a safe care specialist nurse and chief nurse fellow at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is also the lead RCN rep for Gloucestershire Hospitals, an RCN steward and South West Board member. 
Vicky Brotherton

Vicky Brotherton - Plymouth Branch

 Vicky has been a nurse for 39 years and an RCN member since 1992. She has worked in the South West since 1982 in health care of the elderly and people with learning disabilities. In 1989 she qualified in ophthalmic nursing, she became an ophthalmology nurse practitioner in 1992, and she has been a senior sister for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust ophthalmic outpatient department and urgent care since 2005.

Vicky is lead RCN steward and health and safety representative at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. She is staff side chair and trust lead for Agenda for Change job evaluation. She was an RCN Council member from 2016 to 2018 and was Chair of the RCN South West Board from 2017 to 2018. She is currently chair of the Plymouth Branch, and was awarded RCN Health and Safety Representative of the Year Award in 2020.
Judith Barry

Judith Barry - Somerset Branch

Judith is currently an advanced clinical practitioner in primary care in Taunton, with a background in sexual health, midwifery and school nursing. She is the RCN South West Board member for Somerset and an RCN steward.
Nick Browning

Nick Browning - Wiltshire Branch

Nick is a advanced nurse practitioner working in the general surgical department at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. He has been a RCN member for nine years and has recently joined the board to represent members in Wiltshire. Clinically he works on front door assessment, as well as supporting the wards. He has a particular interest in service improvement and supporting colleagues to implement positive change.
Cheryl Angco

Cheryl Angco - Independent sector member

Cheryl's career has given her the opportunity to work in a large variety of settings and at all levels. While proud of our NHS and everything it does for the UK, she believes it is important that the RCN also represents all its members in the not-for-profit and private sectors. As a district nurse she knew all too well the feeling of being an invisible NHS workforce. Now she wishes to ensure that nursing in the richness of all its forms and settings is not invisible. She believes her experience and passion for clinical governance, quality and diversity are exactly what is needed for this role. She promises to listen to our members, ensure members’ voices are heard and always put the future of nursing first. You can read more about her on LinkedIn.

Page last updated - 10/10/2021