Chief executive officer,
The Florence Nightingale Foundation
Ursula qualified as a registered general nurse in London in 1985. Her clinical background is predominantly in cardiology, general medicine and cancer care. She spent several years working in research before pursuing a career in general management. She was appointed to her first Board post in 1999 as director of nursing and Midwifery in Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and then to the chief executive role for which she held for 12 years.
During that time she led the development of a complex change agenda, resulting in significant reconfiguration of services across three hospitals, culminating in a new hospital funded by a private finance initiative.
She has a particular interest in leadership development and organisational development.
Ursula was appointed as chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in December 2016 and took up the position in February 2017. The Foundation provides bespoke leadership programmes for nurses and midwives seeking to progress their career, continually drive up standards of care and influence policy and decision making. Further the Foundation supports individuals wishing to undertake research therefore contributing to the wider body of evidence for patient benefit.