Who we are

Who we are

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Nursing Now is run by a Campaign Board made up of nurses and non-nurses from 16 different countries. The campaign is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. As the health professionals who are closest to the community they have a particular role in developing new models of community based care and supporting local efforts to promote health and prevent disease.

Nursing Now is based on the findings of the Triple Impact report. The report concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality – as the vast majority of nurses are still women – and build stronger economies.

Our Patron

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is a committed champion of issues related to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, recently spearheading the UK’s Heads Together mental health campaign with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Her Royal Highness is also a committed supporter of children’s hospices and wider palliative care. The Duchess was announced as Nursing Now’s patron at our London launch in February 2018 and her speech can be viewed here.


Our Board

Co-Chair: Lord Nigel Crisp

Co-Chair, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

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Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

Nigel was Chief Executive of the NHS in England from 2000-2006, he has subsequently worked and written extensively on global health with a focus on Africa.

His main current interests are global health partnerships, health creation and nursing.

Alternate Chair: Baroness Mary Watkins

Visiting Professor, Kings College London; Crossbench Member, UK House of Lords

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Professor Watkins is a nurse academic who has held university posts, non-executive roles in the NHS and not-for-profit sectors. In December 2015, she was appointed as a Crossbench member of the House of Lords as Baroness Watkins of Tavistock. Mary has published extensively and presented at conferences contributing to debates on subjects ranging from nursing, the cost of social housing for NHS workers, public health and social care.

Co-Chair: Professor Sheila Tlou

Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition


Professor Tlou is former UNAIDS Director of the Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, and former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of Botswana. She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa. As Minister of Health, she led a successful AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support program whose achievements are still some of the best in Africa. She holds a Ph.D in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has Membership of the American Academy of Nursing and the US National Academy of Medicine.

Dr Adelaida Zabalegui

Vice Director of Nursing Research and Teaching, Hospital Clinic Barcelona


Dr Zabalegui has 17 years of clinical practice, 7 in Spain (Clínica Universitaria de Navarra) and 10 in New York in the area of Oncology Nursing. She was the Assistant Director of Nursing at New York City Bellevue Hospital and the Dean of Nursing School at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). She has worked as a Lecturer in the Nursing programs and associate professor in the Post-graduate and Official Master’s Degree programs of the Universities of Alicante, Huelva, Almería, Rovira i Virgili, Lleida, and the University of Barcelona, and in the Doctoral Programs in Nursing at the University of Alicante and Castellon, and at the European Doctorate of the EANS at University of York (UK), Leuven University (Belgum), Turku University (Finland), Lund University (Sweden), Leuven (Belgium), Neijemen (The Netherlands) financed by the Marie Curie program and the European Science Foundation (ESF, EU) in Rennes (France), Halle (Germany), Malmo (Sweden).

Professor Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation for India

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Professor Reddy is presently President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. PHFI is engaged in capacity building in Public Health in India through education, training, research, policy development, health communication and advocacy. Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, appropriate nutrition across the life course, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan.

Dr Kanjana Chunthai

Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Thailand

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Dr Kanjana Chunthai is currently the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer of Thailand. Prior to leading Thailand’s Bureau of Nursing, Dr Kanjana Chunthai served as Director of the Nursing College in Petchaburi (2003-2006) and The Institute of Medical and Health Technology in Nonthaburi.

Dr Chunthai regularly represents Thailand at the World Health Assembly and has spoken on a number of panels at the biennial Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers. In 2017, she was Thailand’s representative at the Global Health Forum, Taiwan. Dr Kanjana completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Chulalongkorn University and has taught at the College of Nursing, both in Bangkok.

Kuniko Inoguchi

Member of Parliament, House of Councillors, Japan

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Kuniko is a Member of Parliament in Japan’s House of Councillors and Professor Emeritus at Sophia University. As the Vice President of the cross-partisan Parliamentary League for Nursing Problems, Kuniko has launched a subcommittee focused on Nursing Now. In terms of public assignments, she has served on a number of councils, including the Prime Minister’s Defence Policy Review Council, Administrative Reform Council, and Gender Equity Council. Kuniko also served as her country’s first Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs. A political scientist by training, she also has a background in diplomacy, with a particular focus on disarmament. She was appointed Chairperson of the UN First Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms and Light Weapons, held in New York in July 2003.

Dr Assad Hafeez

Director-General of Health in the Federal Ministry of Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Dr Hafeez has been the National Programme Manager of the National Programme for Family Planning & Primary Health Care, one of the world’s largest community health workers’ programmes. He is a member of the executive council of the Pakistan Nursing and Pakistan Medical & Dental Councils. He is the Dean of the Health Services Academy, a public health institution mandated by the Government of Pakistan to provide policy advice and research. He is also the Dean of Faculty of Medicine in Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He holds a Professorship in Global Health Department at Mannitoba Univeristy Canada and was on the faculty of Liverpool University, for a number of years. Dr Hafeez is currently representing Pakistan on the Executive Board of the WHO (2015−2018).


Dame Christine Beasley

Former Chief Nursing Officer for England

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Dame Christine Beasley served the National Health Service in a number of roles during a 50-year career. She started as a student nurse at the Royal London Hospital and held a number of hospital and regional roles in nursing, operations and organisational development. In 2003, she was appointed Partnership Development Director in the national Modernisation Agency. A year later, she took up her final role as Chief Nursing Officer for England, a post she held until 2012. In parallel with her executive career, Dame Christine has been a member of various nursing and health related committees. She has been appointed to a number of non-executive positions in the health, charitable and higher education sector. She was Vice Chairman of the NHS Trust Development Agency from 2012 until 2016 and is currently Chairman of HEE London and South East Education Board. She is Chairman of the Florence Nightingale Museum and a Trustee of the Burdett Trust.

Professor Elizabeth Adams

President, European Federation of Nurses Associations

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Elizabeth Adams is currently Director of Professional Development with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in Ireland. She is also the elected President of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, which represents 3 million nurses across Europe. Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor with Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia and University College Dublin. In the past, she was contracted by WHO Europe to undertake advisory and technical work on the European Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery towards Health 2020. Prior to this, she served as Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Health Service Executive in Ireland.

Professor Jill White

Former Dean of Sydney Nursing School

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Professor White’s distinguished career has seen her at the frontiers of major change in nursing education, policy and regulation, with her work having had a significant impact at state, national and international levels. In 2011, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list for services to nursing and midwifery. Professor White helped develop one of the first university nursing programs in Australia, chaired Australia’s largest health professional regulatory body and was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council. Professor White officially retired in March 2018 from the University of Sydney where she had been Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. She has been awarded the prestigious life-time title Professor Emerita in recognition of her contributions.

Dr Jim Campbell

Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization

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Jim Campbell is the Director of the Health Workforce Department at the WHO. He oversees the development and implementation of global public goods, evidence and tools to inform national and international investments in the education, development and retention of the health and social sector workforce in pursuit of global health security, universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Department’s recent work includes WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the report of the High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and the subsequent adoption of the ILO, OECD, WHO five-year action plan on #Working4Health to implement the Commission’s recommendations. He coordinates the Global Health Workforce Network engaging Member States and all relevant partners in WHO’s work.


Annette Kennedy

President, International Council of Nurses (ICN)

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Annette Kennedy is President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Ms Kennedy has extensive experience of representing nurses at an international level. Previously, she served as vice president of the ICN from 2013-17 and also as president of the European Federation of Nurses (EFN) from 2005-07. She was also director of professional development at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for 19 years, from 1994-2012. She has a particularly strong track record of securing positive developments for nurses and healthcare systems right across the European Union.

Professor Maureen Bisognano

President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement


Maureen previously served as IHI’s President for 5 years and Executive Vice President and COO for 15 years. She is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, whose expertise has been recognized by her elected membership to the National Academy of Medicine, among other distinctions. Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences on quality improvement, and is a tireless advocate for change. She is also an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, and serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Indiana University Health System and Catalysis. Ms. Bisognano chairs the advisory board for the Well Being Trust.



Young Nurse: Munashe Livion Nyika

Registered Nurse, Critical Care, Zimbabwe; President, Federation of African Nursing Sciences Students’ Organizations

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Munashe Nyika is a young nurse, human rights activist and global health advocate, born in the Mashonaland province of Harare, Zimbabwe. He has spearheaded the coordination of local community outreaches in rural and urban communities across Zimbabwe. Through college, with support from faculty he led a coalition of health students in a community outreach campaign entitled Changing Health Lifestyles, serving as President of the Nursing Students Association, college Rotaract club and on the committee of the Christian Medical Fellowship Zimbabwe. Through a course in Social Medicine held in Uganda by SocMed Global and the University of Minnesota. Munashe gained skills in global health advocacy, constructive dialogue and community building. Later that year, Munashe spearheaded the formation of the Federation of African Nursing Students Organisation – a body that seeks to represent the voice and vote students and novice nurses in Africa. He subsequently was appointed as 1st presiding Chairman of the group.

Rosemarie L. Josey

Clinical Nurse Specialist and ICN – LFC Coordinator, Bahamas

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Rosemarie began her nursing in August of 1983 as an Enrolled Nurse and later successfully completing the Associate of Science Degree for Registered Nurses in 1996 at the College of the Bahamas. She is a graduate of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) – Leadership for Change Programme (LFC) June 2005 and a certified Trainer and National Coordinator for the ICN LFC Programme for the Bahamas. She is a Graduate of the ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI), Geneva Switzerland, 2010. She holds certificates as a Human Resource Manager 1 & 2 from the College of The Bahamas, 2007-2008. She is a Registered Phlebotomy Technician, 2009 and a graduate of Public Hospital’s Authority Master Mentorship programme, class of 2012 certified by the Royal College of Nursing.

Young Nurse: Sarah Walji

Registered Nurse, MSc Student in Global Health, McMasters University, Canada


Sarah Walji is a Canadian Registered nurse currently working within an inpatient mental health setting in Oakville, Ontario. Sarah is also pursuing her Masters of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She is the former Marketing director for the Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses and currently leads a YouTube series called GASNN Global Minutes. While completing her nursing degree she was a member of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA), where she had the opportunity to explore her interest in Global Health. Sarah hopes to continue her passion for global health, education, leadership, youth involvement and mental health through her involvement with the Nursing Now Campaign.

Professor Rowaida Al-Maaitah

Former Senator and Minister of Higher Education, Jordan


An expert in public health systems, Professor Rowaida Al-Maaitah was presented with the Abdul Hameed Shoman Medical Sciences Award for Young Arab Scientists, and in 2000 she was selected as an Outstanding Jordanian Woman Professor. Professor Al-Maaitah has held numerous key positions including Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament, Minister for Government Performance, Minister of Social Development and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. She is a member of The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean
Foundation, and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to the Regional Director,
WHO/EMRO. She also served as a member of the Senate of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI University), the Innovation and Competitiveness National Council, the Advisory Higher Committee for Women Empowerment in Malaysia, the Jordan First Initiative, and the Higher Council for Education and Vocational Training.

Dr Francis Omaswa

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

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Until May 2008, Dr Omaswa was Special Adviser to the WHO Director General and founding Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Before joining GHWA, he was the Director General for Health Services in the Ministry of Health in Uganda during which time he was responsible for coordinating and implementing major reforms in the Ugandan health sector. He was Founding Chair, and later served as Vice-Chairman, of the Global Stop TB Partnership; was one of the architects of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria and served as Chair of the Portfolio and Procurement Committee of the Global Fund Board. He was also a member of the steering committee of the High Level Forum on the Health MDGs and participated in the drafting of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

Dame Eileen Sills

Trustee, Burdett Trust for Nursing; Chief Nurse & Deputy CEO, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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Dame Eileen Sills was appointed Chief Nurse of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 2005. Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1983, Eileen has held a number of general management and senior nursing leadership posts in London. She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to nursing, and a DBE in January 2015.

Eileen holds two visiting professorships, at King’s College London and London South Bank Universities. She is a member of the NHS Employers policy board and the Chair of the grant committee for the Burdett Trust for Nursing. Eileen has a national reputation for strong, visible, clinical leadership, and her drive to take senior nurses back to the bedside has earned her a national reputation for her Clinical Fridays initiative. In August 2013, Eileen was appointed as the Clinical Director for London’s Strategic Network for Dementia.

Claudia Regina Laselva

Director of patients and healthcare support, Albert Einstein Hospital, Brazil

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Claudia Regina Laselva is a Brazilian nurse with 30 years of experience, with a strong background in implementing quality certifications and accreditations in hospitals. In Brazil, she was a pioneer in running Patient Flow Management projects, focused on improving hospital efficiency, optimising processes and reducing wastefulness in care, demonstrating the importance of nursing to these issues and contributing to the sustainability of health systems. Additionally, she has become a leader on strategies to improve safety and the patient experience in Brazil and Latin America. She was President of SOBRAGEN, the Brazilian Society of Management in Nursing, for two consecutive terms.


Our Staff

Dr Barbara Stilwell
Executive Director


Dr Stilwell has worked throughout the world as a champion for health workers and strong health systems. Before joining Nursing Now, she was IntraHealth International’s senior director of health workforce solutions and recently served as director of a health workforce and systems strengthening project in the West Bank/Gaza. From 1996–2006, she worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in health systems development, co-authoring the WHO’s 2006 Health Report, collecting and analysing data regarding the impact of migrants on health systems in developing countries.

Dr Stilwell was one of the first nurse practitioners in the UK, and, in 1991, as a principal lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Nursing Education at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), introduced the first UK-based nurse practitioner programme. Dr Stilwell was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 1994 in recognition of her work to introduce the nurse practitioner role to the UK. In 2008, Stilwell was named one of the most influential nurses of the past 40 years by the UK’s Nursing Times.

Dr Catherine Hannaway
Global Campaign Programme Director
Leadership, Policy and Professional Development.
Deputy Global Campaign Director

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Catherine trained as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor and is a specialist in systems leadership and healthcare quality improvement. She worked in senior positions in the NHS in England and as health leadership Programmes Director for Durham University.

Catherine is global health consultant and has worked on many overseas assignments, including facilitator for the World Health Organization and PAHO on ‘Health in All Policies’. She is a lecturer at Durham University and Maastricht University, and an Honorary Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health in recognition of her outstanding contribution to public health systems leadership development over many years.

Nik Payne
Office and Events Manager

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Nik is the Office and Events Manager for the Nursing Now Global Campaign. Prior to joining Nursing Now, Nik worked at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for nine years in a variety of roles, most recently as a Nursing Coordinator. This role involved working directly with RCN members and planning and coordinating the work streams of a number of voluntary professional nursing committees.
Prior to joining the RCN, Nik spent two years teaching English as a second language in schools in Asia and Europe.

Melanie Archer
Communications Lead


Melanie Archer is a Senior Associate with Global Health Strategies, where she focuses on nursing, noncommunicable diseases and obesity. Previously, Melanie launched and managed BBC Media Action’s Insight blog, which made the case for communication’s role in global health, governance and humanitarian action. Melanie also has a background in think tank communications, having previously worked for the Overseas Development Institute’s humanitarian team and Africa Research Institute, both in London. Melanie has also worked for Dods, a political information company and media platform openDemocracy.

Dr Charlotte Refsum
Research Lead

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Dr Charlotte Refsum is a doctor and Global Health Clinical Manager with KPMG UK. Previously, Charlotte was a 2016/17 National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, spending a year with NHS England and the UK’s Health Select Committee. Her interests lie in women’s health, paediatrics and sexual health, and she has completed post-graduate diplomas in all of these areas.

Dr Johanna Riha
Research Associate


Dr Johanna Riha is an epidemiologist and Policy Director for the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. Johanna previously worked as Lead of Information Management for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme at the Health Protection Agency, now Public Health England, in London. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.