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School Executive

The School Executive is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.  

Head of School 

Professor-Helen-McCutcheon128x128Professor Helen McCutcheon joined the school in November 2011, from the University of South Australia, where she was Head of School for the School of Nursing & Midwifery.



Deputy Head of School

Ian Norman1Professor Ian Norman is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, which has the highest impact factor of any non-specialist nursing journal in the world (Thomson Scientific 2007).


Associate Dean (Education)


Professor Stephen Tee joined the School as Associate Dean for Education in January 2013. Professor Tee is a Registered Mental Health Nurse who worked clinically for 10 years with people experiencing acute and long-term mental health problems. His research interests include participatory approaches to mental health care and psychosocial interventions and he completed a Doctorate in 2005 focusing on service user involvement in clinical decision-making. Professor Tee is also the Chair of the Health Education Group, led by London Higher. In his previous role at the University of Southampton, Professor Tee led on their implementation of the all-graduate curriculum in nursing and he has particular interest and experience in education development and leadership.

Associate Dean (Research)


Professor Alison Metcalfe joined the School in February 2011 from the University of Birmingham where she held the position of Senior Research Fellow. Professor Metcalfe is a Council member and Conference Organiser for the Society for Genomics Policy and Public Health (SGPPH). She is also associate editor of BMC Research Notes. 


Director of Administration and Business Development

Barbara-DahillBarbara Dahill is responsible for strategic and business planning, leadership of professional and administrative services, marketing, communications and financial management within the School. She has extensive experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors in England and the United States.        


Director of Clinical Education

Angela-ParryAngela Parry is a Registered Nurse with a special interest in clinical education, curriculum development, quality assurance, and the professional role of the nurse. She has a clinical background and current experience in general adult nursing. Ms Parry has been successful in both College Teaching Excellence and College Teaching Fund awards and is currently completing her PhD, which focusses on Registered Nurse medication administration behaviours and patient safety. Ms Parry is also the School's Senior Tutor.

Head of Department of Adult Nursing

Mary-CrawfordMary Crawford is a Registered Nurse with a background in acute and critical care adult nursing. She teaches undergraduate students, both pre and post qualification, focusing particularly on professional issues and work based professional development. Ms Crawford is also the School Disability Advisor, providing staff and students with guidance relating to any required adjustment.


Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Nursing

Andrea-CockettAndrea Cockett has a professional background in children's critical care nursing and palliative care, most recently working in a children's hospice setting. She teaches across both pre and post qualification modules within the School, and has also been involved in three Department of Health funded projects related to the provision of paediatric palliative care services across London.


Head of Department of Mental Health Nursing

Allan-HicksDr Allan Hicks is a Registered Nurse with a background in both mental health and adult nursing. He teaches on modules both pre and post qualification, focusing particularly on person centred care with an emphasis on people living with Dementia. His doctorate looked at career development within the pre-qualification curriculum and he was previously Chair of the Pre-Qualification Admission Panel.


Head of Department of Midwifery

elsamontgomery-(resized) Elsa Montgomery joined King’s College London in January 2014. Prior to that she was a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Southampton, where she completed her PhD in January 2013.  She is a registered midwife and worked clinically for 10 years before moving in to education. She has particular interest in postnatal care and the transition to parenthood. Her doctoral research was on the very sensitive subject of the maternity care experiences of women who were sexually abused in childhood. 


Head of Department of Postgraduate Research

Jo-FitzpatrickDr Joanne Fitzpatrick has a professional background in adult and gerontological nursing. Within the School she is responsible for representing and furthering the interests of postgraduate research students and overseeing matters relating to their educational experience. Dr Fitzpatrick also leads the MPhil / PhD programme in the School. Dr Fitzpatrick's research is concentrated primarily on healthcare of older people particularly in long term care settings, and workforce issues for nurses caring for older people.


Professoriate Representative

Emma-ReamProfessor Emma Ream is a registered nurse with a background in cancer nursing, and leads the Supportive Cancer Care Research Group. Professor Ream's research aims to help patients maximise the benefits of treatment whilst enabling patients and their carers to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease and consequences of its treatment. Professor Ream represents the School's research activity on the School Executive.


Also represented on the School Executive is the Head of Student Services and the Business Manager for the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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