Stuart Tuckwood

Director of global

Stuart is the first Director of Global at the FNF, bringing with him experience of clinical nursing, policy development, overseas partnerships and leadership in the health sector.

After returning from time spent doing voluntary work in South America, Stuart became a carer for people with learning disabilities. He studied nursing at the University of Glasgow, winning the McGirr and Margaret Auld prizes in his Honours year. At Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge he practiced in neurosurgery, major trauma rehabilitation and critical care outreach. Stuart worked on a health partnership exchange in Yangon, Myanmar for six months, collaborating with local nurses to develop their skills and implement quality improvements in their ICU. Stuart has a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and is soon to complete a MsC in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

During the Covid-19 pandemic Stuart was the National Officer for Nursing at UNISON, working in partnership with health leaders to manage the response to the emergency. Stuart led the union’s campaigns on issues such as safe staffing levels and ethical international recruitment as well as collaborating with the NMC on reforming nurse and midwife education and post registration standards. He also chaired the Mary Seacole Awards programme.

Stuart is thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such important work for the Foundation. Nurses and midwives globally will benefit hugely from the leadership and networking opportunities available through FNF. Nursing and midwifery leadership will be critical to meeting the global challenges we face, from climate change to antimicrobial resistance, and Stuart is excited that FNF will empower them to lead positive change.  

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