The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced Jill Crawford as the new president of its governing Council.
Commenting on her appointment, Jill Crawford said: "As president I feel my objective is clear – to ensure that this Council oversees the efficient and effective implementation of our action plan following the CHRE report and ensure that we are delivering our statutory functions in a way that will regain the trust and confidence of our stakeholders and the public whom we serve.
"We have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Council has acknowledged the need for us to learn from recent events and work with our key stakeholders to prioritise the actions, make rapid progress and deliver a robust, efficient and effective organisation to the new Council that is coming into office on 1 January 2009."
Jill Crawford has been a lay member of Council since 2002. She has a background in campaigning for improvements in maternity services. She is a member of the National Childbirth Trust and has chaired Maternity Service Liaison Committees in Milton Keynes and Bradford. She is currently vice chair of the NMC Midwifery Committee and also sits on the Conduct and Competence Committee and Performance and Business Planning Committee. Her term of office begins on 13 August 2008.