Margaret McGuire appointed Council member for Scotland

Published on 03 May 2022

Margaret McGuire has been appointed as the NMC’s new Council member for Scotland. Margaret, a dual registered midwife and nurse, took up her position on 1 May.

Margaret was most recently Executive Nurse Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, retiring in March this year. In this role, she was accountable for the professional leadership of around 16,000 registered midwives and nurses, as well as other health professionals, serving a population of 1.14 million local people.

Previously, Margaret was in the same role at NHS Tayside. Her prior experience also includes serving as Deputy and Acting Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, and Midwifery Development Officer for the Scottish Executive/Royal College of Midwives, as the national lead for developing midwifery practice.

Margaret McGuire said:

“I am delighted and thankful to be appointed as a Council member for midwifery and Scotland. This is a privileged position and I am looking forward to working with the NMC and all partners and stakeholders to ensure we make a difference. Key to this is supporting our nursing and midwifery professionals so that they can provide safe, effective and person-centred care to all those they look after.”

Sir David Warren, Chair of Council, said:

“Margaret will bring essential midwifery expertise and insight from Scotland to bear at our Council. Her voice will be crucial to our discussions and decisions, especially as the NMC continues to pay its part in supporting midwives to provide safe, kind and effective care.”

“I also look forward to working with Margaret to hold the NMC executive team to account in the delivery of our wider strategic goals. Whether that’s reducing our fitness to practise caseload, or improving the legislation that guides our work, or tackling discrimination and making sure our processes are fair to everyone.” 

Council member appointments are made by the Privy Council, following an open, competitive selection process.

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