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Pat Cullen appointed RCN Chief Executive

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The RCN Council has announced Pat Cullen will be the organisation’s chief executive until late 2022.

This follows Dame Donna Kinnair’s announcement earlier this month that she would be stepping down from the role after a period of ill health. Ms Cullen has been in the role since April. According to the RCN, she will bring continuity of leadership, ensuring a strong and consistent voice for RCN members during the UK government’s upcoming COVID-19 inquiry and the fights for fair pay and safe staffing.

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‘It is a privilege to continue in this role during such a critical time for nursing. I am passionate about representing RCN members and will do everything in my power to make sure the voices of nursing staff are heard loudly and clearly,’ said Ms Cullen.

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She has worked at the RCN since 2016 and was previously in post as Director of RCN Northern Ireland, where she led RCN members in taking industrial action for the first time in the College’s history.

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