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.

Think you’ve got the skills to do the role or want to chat to find out more? Then contact our team on Facebook or Twitter.

The Core Leadership Team

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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.

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Lou Cahill, RN, DFSRH – Clinical Nurse Specialist and a member of Nurses United’s CLT


Lou Cahill works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in sexual health. Prior to this she has worked as an Emergency Nurse and an Acute Care Nurse. Lou has spent many years as a volunteer and activist for marginalised issues such as homelessness, refugee health, human trafficking & sex work. She sits on the NHS England Modern Slavery Network and the Avon and Somerset Anti-Slavery Partnership. She is currently studying for an MSc in Crime Science at University College London.  Lou has a background in human geography and spent 10 years on and off with the Red Cross in humanitarian aid. 

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Clare McIntyre, Registered Nurse (Children’s), Health Visitor and member of Nurses United’s CLT


Clare is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Health Visitor working in Liverpool. She currently works in children’s research in primary and secondary care. She is also a school governor, carer, volunteer and mum. She has been elected as a Liverpool Labour Councillor since May 2017. Clare believes that we win people over by listening, talking and building relationships. If top-down worked, we wouldn’t be in this mess with our NHS, Social Care and Public Health services.

Jemma James, Registered Nurse and a member of Nurses United’s CLT


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. 

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