Northern Ireland: new CNO ready and proud to begin her role

18 March 2022

The appointment of a new chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland – Maria McIlgorm – was announced earlier this year, with her role set to commence in March.

Maria most recently worked as a professional adviser within the Scottish Government, and she has extensive leadership experience across acute and community settings in England and Scotland.

She trained and worked as a general nurse in Drogheda, County Louth, before moving to London to train as a midwife, where she spent several years working in various roles prior to moving to NHS Scotland.

She said she was ‘delighted and privileged’ to be appointed.

Health minister Robin Swann said Maria’s wealth of experience and knowledge ‘will complement the dedication and professionalism of the nurses, midwives and allied health professionals across the health and care sector’.