Gemma is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of FNF Policy Unit.
Gemma has over 20 years of experience as a Mental Health Nurse and Academic. Her research and practice has focused on creating psychologically safe learning environments for staff and students.
Gemma has made a significant contribution to international evidence and policy informing nursing and midwifery education and research. This is recognised by her accreditation as Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Visiting Professor at The University of Derby.
Gemma joined FNF in 2020 to establish and lead the Academy. She is committed to expanding access to FNF leadership development for nurses and midwives at all stages of their careers. This is with the view to increasing the influence and presence of the nursing and midwifery voice in local, regional, national and international decision-making forums.
Gemma’s vision is for the Academy to be viewed by the profession as a source of thought leadership. She recognises the unique position of FNF as an independent, external organisation that can mobilise the expertise of its alumni, members and networks to offer an impartial source of evidence that is influencing workforce-related policy.