NMC welcomes two new Council members

02 May 2017

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is pleased to announce the appointment, by the Privy Council, of two new Council members, Marta Phillips OBE and Sir Hugh Bayley, who will both serve as Lay members from 1 May 2017.

The Privy Council has also reappointed two registrant members, Maura Devlin MBE and Lorna Tinsley, for further terms of three years from 1 May 2017.

Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Professor Dame Janet Finch, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Marta and Sir Hugh to the NMC as our two new Council members. I am sure their knowledge, experience and expertise will be a great asset during this busy but exciting period of change for the NMC. I am equally pleased that the Privy Council has reappointed Maura and Lorna, who are both valued members of Council.”


The Council is the governing body of the NMC; it sets the strategic direction for the organisation and the standards by which registered nurses and midwives must work.

The Council is made up of six members from a registrant background and six from a non-registrant or lay background and must also include members from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Maura Devlin is a Registered Nurse and is the member from Northern Ireland. Maura was appointed in October 2013 and has now been reappointed to serve until 30 April 2020.

Lorna Tinsley is a Registered Midwife and was initially appointed in May 2013. Lorna has now been reappointed to serve until 30 April 2020.

Marta Phillips has significant financial experience and has held senior executive public sector positions as well as a range of non-executive roles. She was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to social housing. Until 30 April 2017 Marta was the Independent Chair of the NMC’s Audit Committee, a role she will continue in her new capacity as a Council member.

Sir Hugh Bayley served as the Member of Parliament for York (Central) for 23 years. He has held a number of ministerial posts and was previously President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He was knighted in 2015 in recognition of his services to NATO and to international development. Since retiring from politics, Sir Hugh has joined the UK Board of the International Rescue Committee as a non-executive director.

Read more about the Council.


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  2. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK. We exist to protect the public. We do this by maintaining the register of qualified nurses and midwives and setting standards of education, training, conduct and performance. We make sure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date through a regular revalidation process. If concerns are raised about the standards of a registered nurse or midwife, we have a duty to investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect the public.