Diane Romano-Woodward – President – Leicestershire
RGN SCPHN-OH QN BScBiol(Hons) MMedSc(OH)
Diane was elected President in November 2014. She can be contacted directly on President@aohnp.co.uk.
Diane Romano-Woodward became interested in Occupational Health in the mid 1980s when acting as a Safety representative for the Royal College of Nursing. At this time she worked in Operating Theatres and this led to an interest in Hand dermatitis and Latex allergy which was just becoming of interest. She undertook a Master of Medical Science at the University of Birmingham in 1996 where her dissertation was on the prevalence of skin problems in operating theatres and oncology ward nurses.
She pursued a variety of experiences in the public and private sector, and worked as an in-house OH advisor and within large Occupational Health providers. In the past few years she has worked as an independent practitioner, via her company Sunny Blue Sky Ltd. This also provides immunisation training for occupational health practitioners.
She has served on the AOHNP in the past as Treasurer and Professional Development Director (November 2013- 2014). Diane has continued to the expand the reputation of the AOHNP as a source of expertise by taking part in the BOHRF evidence review for Occupational Asthma 2004 and Occupational Dermatitis and Urticaria 2010.
In 2012 she contributed to the RCN’s Tools of the Trade guidance document on the use of examination glob=ves. In the last 10 years she has developed a reputation for writing practically based guidance in Occupational Health Journal and has also contributed to the AOHNP (UK) book “Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing – A Guide for Practitioners” published in November 2013.
In 2012 she was voted by her peers to be Occupational Health Nurse of the year.
In November 2015 she was made a Queen’s Nurse.
Lucy Kenyon – Vice President and Communications Director – Midlands
RGN SCPHN M.Med.Sci
Lucy Kenyon joined the AOHNP in November 2014, following her return from Moscow, where she worked for the Foreign Office. She was involved in caring for and supporting expats on foreign postings and a member of the crisis management team and participated in emergency response exercises. Lucy brings an international flavour to the Board, having been brought up in Belgium speaking Flemish and French, and subsequently working abroad learning German and Russian as well. She became interested in Occupational Health as a student nurse at University & Middlesex Hospitals, London, when acting as a Union representative for the Royal Collage of Nursing, developing an interest in the relationship between work and stress related physical symptoms while working for a national provider of OH and screening services. She subsequently worked in manufacturing industry and was encouraged to undertake a Master of Medical Science at the University of Birmingham in 1996, where her dissertation was on the prevalence of upper limb symptoms on production lines. She became an SCPHN by portfolio in 2009. She has managed services in the manufacturing, retail, education, voluntary, government and public sectors. She is now an independent practitioner, carrying out audits and via her company Workability Solutions™.
She has written articles and reports on topical issues for Croner’s special reports and Reed Publications. She now compiles the newsletter and is exploring ways to develop networking and a more formal discussion forum.
Other Directors – in alphabetical order
Sarah Bryden-Bradley – Director for Events
MA Personnel & Development, Chartered FCIPD, BSc (Hons) Occupational Health Nursing (SCPHN), Dip HE Nursing Studies, (RN, Adult Nursing)
Sarah joined the board in September 2016 as Director for Events.
Sarah initially qualified RN in 1997 but after a career change spent over 15 years working as an HR business partner and recruiter in the financial services, IT, aviation and rehabilitation sectors. She has always maintained a keen interest in workplace health and wellbeing and completed a return to practice course in 2013 in order to undertake a degree in occupational health.
Sarah graduated with a BSc in Occupational Health Nursing leading to registration on Part 3 of the NMC Register / SCPHN from LSBU in 2016. During her course she worked as an OH screening nurse and OH advisor in the public sector and is currently working for an OH provider undertaking case management for a variety of different organisations.
She is delighted to be working with the Association at such an exciting time for the profession.
Lyndsey Marchant – Director
Lyndsey recently rejoined the Board.
Sue Mitchell – Director for Events
Sue worked as an activist in events organisation before joining the Board in 2017.
Claudia Noakes – Director – Student Membership
Dip He (Adult Nursing)
Claudia Noakes joined the AOHNP in September, 2016 as a student member. She is currently studying full time at Brunel University, for the SCPHN Occupational Health Nursing. The support that the AOHNP has provided to her, during her studies, has helped her to further understand the speciality.
She qualified in 1997 as an Adult nursing, graduating from the Bloomsbury & Islington school of Nursing and Midwifery, which was affiliated with University College Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital. She has worked as a cardio-thoracic, however since having her children she has worked as a bank and agency nurse for 13 years. The bank and agency nursing have given her a very broad experience of various specialities. Often, she did not know what she would encounter on a shift and had to be adaptable and proactive in her approach. Since the children are older, she has worked for the Department of Work and Pensions, as a disability assessor. Which gave a broad understanding of various conditions and how this impacts on day to day lives, at home and in work.
Claudia is very excited to be a part of the AOHNP, and all of the valuable support that the AOHNP gives to the Occupational Health speciality.
Carol Sanders – Director – Student Membership
MSc, BSc (Hons), PG Cert (HE), RSCPHN (OH), RN (Adult)
Carol is also Co-editor of our bimonthly newsletter OH Today and provides the research round-up.
Carol has enjoyed more than thirty years as a registered nurse. This has provided an exciting portfolio career which includes various roles clinically, managerially and academically in diverse settings. Carol qualified as an OHN in 2010 via completing a BSc in Occupational Health Nursing and is currently registered on Part 1 (Adult Nursing) and on Part 3 (SCPHN) of the NMC Register. She is very passionate about public health, occupational health and health professional education. Clinically Carol works as an OH Nurse within the rail sector, plays various active roles in a number of businesses and currently sits on NMC Conduct and Competency Panels.
Currently, Carol is a part-time PhD student (year 4) at the University of Birmingham investigating how people adhere to medications to help them stop smoking. The PhD topic reflects Carol’s interest in health behaviour change and psychology. Carol understands how very difficult it is to study whilst trying to manage lots of other responsibilities.
Carol over the past twenty years has taught various health and social care students in both further education, higher education and distant learning settings. Carol hopes that her experiences as a lifelong learner herself in combination with her understanding of health programmes as a lecturer will provide support for people interested in pursuing OH studies.
Marisa Stevenson – Director for Education – Ayrshire
Marisa Stevenson qualified as a nurse in 1985 and has worked in occupational health in a variety of both industry and public sector roles for over 24 years. She moved into education in 1997 initially working as lecturer/practitioner at Glasgow Caledonian University and then moved in 2004 to develop the first NMC approved wholly distance learning taught programme in the UK at the University of The West of Scotland. She remains Programme Leader on this SCPHN (Occupational Health Nursing ) course and also the Practice Teacher programme and at is currently developing a Masters approved programme. Marisa was fortunate enough to continue practicing at the same time in various roles working for both the private and public sector and she agrees that this allows her to keep in touch with all the developments that continue to happen in practice and take this back to the students’ learning environment.
Marisa’s interests are in governance, teaching, sharing best practice and also networking. She has been involved in extensive research projects over the years largely examining ‘Men’s Health in the workplace’; ‘Using brief intervention in alcohol counselling in the workplace’ and also ‘examining differences in attainment between distance learning taught and face to face taught students on a professional programme of education’. Her keen passion is to encourage more occupational health professionals to showcase the good practice that is clearly carried out in the workplace by occupational health professional and also to encourage more occupational health professional to carry out and publish their own research.
Angela Whitehead – Director for Networking
Angela has a richly diverse and international career from Factory Nurse to Employment Nurse Adviser at EMAS. She has a special interest in Communications and Networking.
She was recently been interviewed for OH Today and her background and interests can be found here: http://aohnp.co.uk/oh-today-jan-feb-2017/
Lorraine Anderson-Cole – Sponsorship Co-Ordinator
Lorraine recently joined the team of activists to help with sponsor liaison.
Kate Kyne – Sponsorship Co-Ordinator
Kate is a former Director who has also take on the role of sponsor liaison.
Pippa Langston – Activist
Pippa has the Diploma of OH Nursing, University of South Wales
Anne Newham – Retired Director
Anne is a recently Retired Director and continites to support us at events such as the AGM and Health & Wellbeing exhibition.
Lynn Pratt – Editor – OH Today
Lynn is an Occupational Health Nurse, Practice Teacher and Safety Professional. She edits our bi-monthly newsletter OH Today.
Association Administrator – Helen Jones
Helen joined the AOHNP in December 2016. She has 15 years’ experience in occupational health administration and office management at Bupa and the IOM as well as a background in design, and is working with the team on website development and marketing strategy.
Helen co-ordinates the day-to-day running of the Association and communications with the membership, associates, and the Board.