Head of Employment Relations
Royal College of Nursing
Josie Irwin has been Head of Employment Relations for the Royal College of Nursing since 2004. Josie is the RCN’s lead negotiator. She is also national Staff Side Secretary of the NHS Staff Council, responsible for the pay terms and conditions of 1.3m staff in the NHS.
Before joining the RCN in 1992, Josie was the HR Director of a central London teaching hospital and she has also held HR roles in local government. Josie has also had a political leadership role as a local councillor for 13 years 1990 – 2003.
Josie Irwin has a degree in PPE from Oxford University and a Masters degree in public administration from Warwick University.
The RCN is the largest professional union for nursing in the UK, representing 430, 000 nurses, health care assistants and nursing students, both in the NHS and the private sector.