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05.10.18

RCN Council to step down with new council to take office in new year

After the vote of no confidence in the RCN Council last week, the majority of the council will now step down with elections to take place as soon as possible.

The vote was only advisory, but the council says it “recognises the moral weight of the vote and has acted accordingly.”

The current council will remain in office until the end of the year, with a new council to take up office on 1 January 2019. A timetable for this process will be announced next week.

However, five members of the current 17-strong council will not stand down. The president, deputy president and student member of the RCN council all have terms that end at the end of the year.

Two members will remain: the newly elected council member for the eastern region (who is yet to take office) and the chair of congress (which is a non-voting position).

Dame Donna Kinnair, acting RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: “The last two months have been some of the most challenging in the organisation’s history.

"Our elected council members have taken a difficult decision and have shown great personal integrity. I wish to thank Maria Trewern, chair of RCN Council, for her leadership and all council members who gave loyal service.

“The college is already changing to ensure it engages the full breadth of its membership. A new elected council and a permanent chief executive & general secretary will bring that fresh perspective and energy."

Janet Davies, the then CEO of the RCN, stepped down from her position back in August.

The formal election process will begin next week.

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