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.
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.
Dr Catherine Hannaway
Global Health Consultant, Nursing Now
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.
Since May 2017 Catherine has worked in a variety of roles on the Nursing Now global campaign, including setting up and launching the campaign as the initial Project Manager, Acting Campaign Executive Director, and now as a global health consultant.
Office and Events Manager
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 Johanna Riha
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.
Yvonne P Mwiza
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.
Dr Charlotte Refsum
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.