The ICHRN Secretariat is housed at the International Council of Nurses headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lesley Bell, RN, BScN (Hons), MBA.
Lesley Bell is currently a Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy with the International Council of Nurses. Prior to this she served as Chief Executive Officer for the Ontario Nurses’ Association, providing organisational leadership and direction to the ONA and its 60,000 members Other positions held by Ms Bell in the Ontario Nurses Association include Assistant Director (1991-1993) and Associate Director (1993) of Government Relations, and President (1990). In addition she was a trustee on the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and a founding member of the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee with the Ministry of Health. Her experience also includes numerous negotiations with provincial hospital and nursing home employers for improvements in compensation and quality workplaces. A former staff nurse, at Ottawa's Salvation Army Grace General. In 2006, she received the Bread and Roses Award from the Canadian Federation of Nurse Unions in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Nursing Unionism on a provincial and national level in 2006. Ms Bell has spoken at several ICN Congresses on the topics of negotiation and bargaining; racism; workplace violence and the value of nursing.
James Buchan, MA (Hons) PhD DPM
James Buchan is currently professor at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland and Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He has 20 years experience of practice, policy research and consultancy on Human Resource strategy and planning in health care human resources, specialising in the nursing workforce. He has worked in Africa, Asia, West Indies, North, Central and South America, Australasia and most countries of the European Union. His previous employment includes work as a Senior Human Resources Manager in the NHS Executive in Scotland, and as Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom.
Bridget Weller, BA (Hons), EMPA
Bridget Weller brings to the Centre extensive experience in public sector health and community services policy, funding and workforce development. She has more than 15 years' experience in a range of public sector policy and management positions dealing with workforce development and strategy, acute health services, rural and regional health services delivery, demand management and health services funding. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University, Melbourne, an Executive Master of Public Administration (Australia and New Zealand School of Government, University of Melbourne), as well as formal qualifications and experience in professional writing and editing. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she is now based in Edinburgh, and recently authored Guidelines: Incentives for Health Professionals (available on this site), a joint initiative of the International Council of Nurses, International Hospital Federation, International Pharmaceutical Federation, World Confederation for Physical Therapy, World Dental Federation and World Medical Association developed with the Support of the Global Health Workforce Alliance.