The Royal College of Nursing has announced the four candidates running to become its next president in 2023.
However, it has confirmed the voting period for members will be postponed to ensure it does not coincide with the upcoming strike ballot over pay.
“The president is an ambassador not just for the RCN, but for the whole nursing profession”
Among the candidates for the RCN’s next president is Professor Julie Green, head of the school of nursing and midwifery at Keele University and a previous member of the RCN’s Professional Nursing Committee.
Sheila Sobrany, a senior lecturer and course leader at the University of East London and a current member of the RCN London Board, is also in the running.
RCN Wales Board member Tristan Griffin, who is an education advisor within the British Army, having previously worked for 16 years as an army nursing officer, is also among the candidates, as well as former RCN Council chair Maria Trewern.
Ms Trewern was formally a senior clinical lead within NHS Test and Trace and a director of clinical workforce and quality reviews at Jigsaw Management Parternership.
The winning candidate will replace Dr Denise Chaffer who was appointed in June 2021, following the 2020 presidential elections debacle which saw two candidates controversially disqualified.
Members will be able to vote for their next president by post from 24 October – some days after the strike action ballot being held in England and Wales closes on 13 October.
Chair of RCN Council, Carol Popplestone, said: “Nursing has been in people’s minds like never before and now is a hugely important time for all of those in it.
“The president is an ambassador not just for the RCN, but for the whole nursing profession both in the UK and around the world.
“I would urge you to have your say on who you’d like to see represent you when voting opens on 24 October.”
Current RCN deputy president, Tracey Budding, will now remain in post until December 2024 following her re-election.
She said: “During my time so far as RCN deputy president, I’ve been actively involved in key RCN campaigns and strategies that have led to fundamental changes to how we engage, represent and support our members.
“I feel privileged to continue in this role and will dedicate myself to speaking up for nursing, working with colleagues and members to ensure that all nursing staff are valued, respected and paid at a level which recognises their dedication and professionalism.”
The successful candidate will be announced on 29 November and will hold office for two years from 1 January 2023.
The 2020 RCN election row as covered by Nursing Times