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New vice chair of RCN Congress announced

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The role will require Mr Brown to support chair, BJ Waltho

Michael Brown has been elected as the vice chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Congress following a vote among the chairs of various branches, forums and committees.

The role will require Mr Brown to support chair, BJ Waltho, while conducting business at the Congress, set to take place in May 2019.

‘I will work hard on your behalf with BJ Waltho and the Agenda Committee to ensure RCN Congress remains a member focused, challenging event,’ said Mr Brown.

‘I would like to thank the branches, forums and committees for voting. Also Maureen Dolan and Linda Bailey for standing for election as any one of us would have been an able Vice Chair.’

Mr Brown was formerly a chair of the RCN Council from 2013 to January 2018 and has been vice chair of the council and council member for Scotland, as well as RCN branch secretary for Ayrshire and Arran from 2017.

‘I am very pleased to have Michael as my Vice Chair. He has a set of skills and experience which will support me to develop a Congress agenda and run the business meeting in a way that reflects members’ current issues and concerns,’ said Ms Waltho.

The Congress is the biggest event in the RCN calendar where members can discuss nursing practice and policy – this year’s event from the 19 to the 23 May will have both a new chair and vice chair.

‘I always leave Congress feeling inspired and reinvigorated and I hope to share that passion with our members so that they get the most out of all that Congress has to offer,’ said Ms Waltho on her new appointment after taking over the role from Stuart McKenzie in July.

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