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We have introduced a development programme for union staff entitled ‘Unions 21 Fellowship’. Over ten days, the fellows will work closely with our Director on one of our upcoming projects:  Working with the fellow and union, the secondment will seek to develop existing skills as well as new knowledge and expertise which you can take back to the workplace and union.

Effective Governance

Angela Boyd

Angela is the Learning Organiser for the Royal College of Midwives Scotland. She leads on the Scottish Union Learning Project, which provides learning and development opportunities to staff in maternity services.  She has been in post since April 2011, having previously worked for the college between 2007 -2011 as admin assistant for the team in Scotland. She has also worked for CHILDREN 1st , Scotland’s leading children’s charity, as a fundraising assistant.

Stephen Duncan-Rice

Steve is a recruitment & retention organiser, working for Equity since 2005. He covers Live Performance and Recorded Media sectors and routinely visiting film, television, theatre tours and other live performance productions across the UK.

Brexit, Devolution and Collective Bargaining

Nicola Lee

Nicola Lee worked in the voluntary sector, higher education and the NHS before joining the RCN in 2001 as an adviser in RCN Nurseline (now Member Support Services). Nicola now works as an Adviser in the Employment Relations Department with a brief covering job evaluation, pensions and retirement, equality and diversity as well as representing the RCN on a number of NHS Staff Council sub groups and contributing to work on pay, terms and conditions in the NHS and independent sector. She is currently studying for an MA in Industrial Relations at Keele University.

Steven Littlewood

Steven became a union activist while living in Australia during the ACTU’s Your Rights At Work Campaign in 2007, going on to work as an organiser for the Finance Sector Union of Australia and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots. On returning to the UK,  Steven worked as an organiser with Equity, before joining the FDA as a National Officer in 2015

Lizzie Dowd

After completing a Masters in Politics and Communication, Lizzie joined the RCN’s parliamentary team in 2012.  Previously, she worked for the Health and Care Professionals Council and for an MP, including campaigning in the run up to the 2010 general election. Since joining the RCN, Lizzie has led political campaigning on legislation and government policy, for example the changes to student funding, the Trade Union Bill and the Care Bill and tackling FGM.