NMC seeks new Council Chair

Published on 09 February 2021

Applications for our Council Chair have now closed.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is looking for a new Chair to lead us in making our vision a reality: safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Our new Chair will need to truly live our values to be kind, fair, collaborative, and ambitious and share our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

As the professional regulator for all nurses and midwives across the UK, and for nursing associates in England, the NMC works to ensure that its professionals – currently numbering around 725,000 - can provide the high quality care we all want to see.

The Chair will need to commit at least two days a week to the role.

Deputy Chair (Acting Chair) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Karen Cox, said:

“The ongoing pandemic has truly shown the value of the nurses, midwives and nursing associates that we regulate, as well as emphasising how much we all need safe, effective and kind care.

“We’re therefore looking for an inspiring, strategic thinker to lead the NMC in achieving our ambitions to: improve the way we regulate; proactively support our professionals and the public; and influence the wider health and social care sector. Someone who is responsive to the differing context and approaches across the four nations of the UK and the unique nature of different professions we regulate.

“So, if you’re able to operate successfully on the national stage, forge and maintain strong, collaborative relationships, and have a passion for people’s health and wellbeing, we want to hear from you.”

The NMC’s legislation states that the Council must be made up of six lay and six registrant members, including at least one from England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. As there are already six registrant members on the Council, this role is only open to lay applicants (those who have never been on the NMC’s register) or current Council members.


The selection process has been prompted by the early departure of Philip Graf, due to serious illness at the end of December 2020.

The NMC launched its 2020-2025 Strategy last year to support the delivery of excellent nursing and midwifery.

Information about Council governance, meetings, members, associates, and committees can be found here.