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Professor Jean White CBE

Professor Jean White CBE is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Her responsibilities include:

  • lead professional  adviser on nursing and midwifery to Welsh Government
  • nurse director for NHS Wales
  • policy lead for: maternity services, breastfeeding, patient experience, safeguarding in NHS Wales, health of people with a learning disability, and implementation and extension of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016
  • expert nurse advisor to the World Health Organisation European Regional Office

Jean trained as a general nurse in Swansea and practised as a theatre nurse in Wales and London.  She has held positions in nurse education, at the Welsh National Board, Health Professions Wales and Welsh Government.  She was appointed CNO in 2010.

Jean holds a number of visiting professorships and academic fellowships, and is Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. She was awarded a CBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday’s Honours list and became a Member of the Order of St John in 2018.


Professor Jean White CBE