NMC congratulates those recognised in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours list

Published on 01 June 2022

Those honoured include Anne Trotter, NMC Assistant Director of Professional Practice. Anne, a registered nurse for more than 40 years, is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to public health

Also honoured is Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Ruth is made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to nursing, midwifery and the NHS.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to midwifery.

Professor Mary Renfrew is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to midwifery. Mary led the development of our Future Midwife standards, which will shape the education and practice of midwives across the UK for years to come.

Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse at Health Education England, is made an OBE, for services to the nursing profession. John Unsworth, Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, is also made an OBE, for services to community nursing and community nurse education.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said:

"Many congratulations to all of the amazing nursing and midwifery professionals on this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. It’s wonderful that many of our partners have been recognised – we’re so grateful to work alongside such inspiring people to promote safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery practice.

“I’m delighted that our very own Anne Trotter has been honoured for the tremendous contribution she has made as a nurse for more than 40 years. Anne has played a critical role in the overhaul of all our education standards in recent years and her work will have a lasting impact on nursing and midwifery professionals for a long time to come.

“It’s also very special that Ruth May has been made a Dame. Her leadership through the pandemic has been phenomenal and I know how hard she has worked to support nursing and midwifery professionals across England.

“I’m so pleased to see Gill Walton honoured with a CBE and Professor Mary Renfrew with an OBE. Both are fantastic leaders of the midwifery profession and in their roles have made a huge difference to improving maternity services, not least in developing and supporting the implementation of our Future Midwife standards.

“On behalf of the NMC, I’d like to thank everyone receiving an honour this year. You’ve made, and continue to make, a positive difference to people’s health and wellbeing, and I hope you enjoy your celebrations.”

Sir David Warren, Council Chair at the NMC, said:

“Since joining as Chair of the Council, I’ve been so impressed by the incredible work all our nursing and midwifery professionals do. That’s why I’m delighted that so many people, including some of our key partners, have been recognised for their contributions to health and social care.

“I’m especially delighted for Anne Trotter, who has been recognised for four decades’ service to people’s health and wellbeing, including the last 12 years here at the NMC. On behalf of our Council, I’d like to send our thanks and congratulations to Anne and all of this year’s honourees.”

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