Sue Tranka is the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales and Nurse Director of NHS Wales, having taken up post in 2021. She has responsibility for Quality and Nursing policy at Welsh Government, with focus on Maternity, neonatal and breastfeeding policy. The office of the CNO supports policy areas of nursing education, regulation, and workforce, Mental Health, Learning disability and community care.
Sue has 30 years of varied experience in nursing and her career has predominantly focused on quality improvement, human factors and safety systems.
She was made an honorary visiting professor by University of Surrey in 2017 and more recently by Cardiff University.
In October 2020, Sue was listed among the Health Service Journal’s 50 most influential people in health, and in December 2021 was awarded a fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Sue is a leadership scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and attended John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was awarded a certificate of completion for the ‘Leadership for the 21st century programme’.