2017 faculty

The 2017 GNPLI is facilitated by:

Professor Jill White, AM, RN, RM, MEd, PhD, MHPol

Jill White is ICN Associate Director (Global Education), and Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney, Australia, where she was Dean from 2008-2015. She was previously Dean of the Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, 1997-2008. She was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 2010-2013, having played an active leadership role in regulation since 2002. Her main academic interests are health policy; interprofessional learning for collaborative practice; and nursing theoretical development, specifically the socio-political pattern of knowing, which she developed in 1995.

Professor Jane Salvage, RGN, BA, MSc, HonLLD, HonDSc, FQNI, FRCN

Jane Salvage is Programme Director, ICN Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute. She is well known as a nursing and health policy activist and leader. Her commitment to high quality health care, social justice and women’s rights has been the main driver of her unusual career. Her best-known book, The Politics of Nursing (Heinemann 1985), was a wake-up call to the profession to get out from under. She trained and worked as a clinical nurse in the East End of London, England. Her many later roles include spells as WHO chief nurse (European Region, and later Headquarters). She has worked and spoken on nursing and health in all corners of the globe. Back home in the UK, she is Writer-in-Residence at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and has worked on major policy reviews, including the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health 2016 report on nursing worldwide, Triple Impact.

Guest speakers at the residential workshop include:


Mr Howard Catton, RN, BSc, MA, is Director, Nursing and Health Policy, International Council of Nurses. He has worked in the United Kingdom and the United States and has studied social policy and industrial relations. He held various posts at the Royal College of Nursing UK, including national policy adviser for workforce research and health policy, and spent a year working for the New Zealand Nurses Organization. He was RCN Head of Policy & International Affairs from 2005-15, working with a wide range of stakeholders on the development and implementation of nursing and health policy in the UK and overseas. He was named one of the Health Service Journal top 100 Clinical Leaders, 2015. He joined ICN in 2016. 

Dame Christine Beasley, RN, DBE, CBE, is a trustee of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, United Kingdom, and chair of the Health Education North Central and East London Board. Until 2012 she was Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, England, a role in which she increased the capacity of the nursing and midwifery, allied professional and health care scientist workforce to deliver a modernized health and social care system. She has worked as a district nurse and nurse manager, and as regional nurse director for London. She has been awarded honourary doctorates from eight British universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and the Queen’s Nursing Institute. 

Dr Grażyna Wójcik is President, Polish Nurses Association, and formerly Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health, Poland.