Who we are
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.
Dr Barbara Stilwell
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.
Operations and Administration Manager
Prior to joining the Nursing Now team, Nik spent nine years working at the Royal College of Nursing in a variety of member coordination roles. Before that he spent two years working abroad teaching English as a second language.
Nik’s main role within the Nursing Now campaign is to coordinate global activity and to act as the main point of contact for the Nursing Now campaign board.
Global Campaign Stakeholder Coordinator
Passionate about Africa and how the nonprofit sector can meaningfully harness its vast potential, Yvonne has spent the last decade advocating (through voluntary and non-voluntary roles) for the inclusion of young people and women’s voices in the development of their societies.
In her role as Global Campaign Stakeholder Coordinator at Nursing Now, she looks forward to playing her part empowering nurses in the global health landscape.