Nurses United is governed by our Core Leadership Team (CLT) which is chaired by our Convenor.
CLT members are all Nurses and selected by interview and democratic vote by the existing CLT.
The Core Leadership Team
Tom Bolger, Self-Employed Nurse and Convenor of Nurses United
Tom is a self-employed nurse with a long history of activism in health and local politics.
A nurse for 50 years,Tom is a former Assistant General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and has extensive experience in the NHS, nurse education and prison healthcare. He is a member of the RCN, GMB, the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party.
Jemma James, Registered Nurse and Acting Convenor of Nurses United
Jemma is a newly qualified Staff Nurse who’s worked with older people for most of her life including in the community, care homes and hospitals. She’s passionate about older people’s care and is on a mission to promote the benefits of older people’s nursing. She’s been involved in grassroots and mainstream Nursing campaigning since her student days and has campaigned to increase pay, improve safe staffing ratios, replace the bursary, improve access to health and social care and challenge poor work cultures. Jemma is a member of the RCN and Unison, lives and works in the North East and has a black and white (very noisy) cat called Poppy.
Rachel Ambrose, Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of Nurses United’s CLT
Rachel is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has been working as a Nurse supporting children, young people and their families for over 15 years. Rachel has specialised in working with Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) and School Nursing however is currently on maternity leave from her job as a CAMHS nurse with baby Emelia who is also an active member of Nurses United and can be regularly seen at zoom meetings. Rachel is passionate about inclusion, neurodiversity and anti racism and co-founded the ‘Nurses of Colour Network’ as part of her work with Nurses United.
Angie Hankin, Registered Nurse and member of Nurses United’s CLT
Angie is a Charge Nurse who works in Older Person’s Care. She is a UNISON member and believes that as nurses we need to be political.
Laura Hother, Student Nurse and member of Nurses United’s CLT
Laura is currently a student nurse and VP for her nursing society, who is one of the campaign leaders for NHSPay15 in Liverpool.
Matt Tacey, Registered Mental Health Nurse and member of Nurses United’s CLT
Matt is a Registered Mental Health after qualifying in 2014. He has experience working in medium and low secure hospitals as well as Psychiatric Intensive Care Units. Today, Matt works in the community in the town of Chesterfield.
Matt would consider himself a ‘fresh’ to campaigning beginning mid 2020 however he has gathered so much momentum in Chesterfield in so little time. Matt has thoroughly enjoyed providing a voice for NHS workers in Chesterfield that are actually heard. He is committed to fighting for what the NHS and its phenomenal staff deserve!
He is also a Tom Hardy lookalike.
Rhian Bethell, Registered Nurse and member of Nurses United’s CLT
Rhian is a senior staff nurse based in South Wales, with significant surgical background, and currently working in emergency medicine. Rhian is new to campaigning and has become involved with the ‘NHS workers say no to pay inequalities’ campaign. She is enthusiastic and passionate about fair pay, a safe working environment, and LGBT rights.
Being a typical valleys woman Rhian loves grassroots rugby, and thoroughly enjoys playing for her local team the pink rhinos.