Lindsay MeeksSarah Crizzle
Royal College of Nursing, Regional Director for the West Midlands (Panel Group 4)
Lindsay Meeks is the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Regional Director for the West Midlands. She is an experienced nursing leader who was previously the RCN operational manager for the South East region and also interim regional director in the South East. Having qualified as a registered nurse from the Nightingale School of Nursing in 1989, Lindsey went on to study at Oxford Brookes University and in 2002 was awarded an honours degree – Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) with a qualification as a Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.
Lindsay worked in a variety of acute surgical settings in West Sussex and Oxford before moving into community health care as a district nurse specialist practitioner. She returned to the acute hospital sector in 2005 to lead on the integration and relocation of two specialised outpatient departments to a new building, which involved reorganising both nursing teams. In a change of career direction, she became a senior officer for the RCN in 2009.
In 2018 Lindsay had a six-week sabbatical, volunteering with Global Vision Initiative in Laos, South East Asia to promote women’s empowerment initiatives in local communities in support of three of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – namely, gender equality, reduced inequalities and quality education. Through teaching English and delivering life skill workshops, she played a significant role in increasing disadvantaged women’s access to education, aiming to improve their employment opportunities and quality of life.
Lindsay is a trained coach. She is passionate to work with people and support them so that they have every opportunity to fulfil their potential. She is keen to amplify the voices of RCN members and is committed to advancing nursing and nursing practice. She does this by taking a prominent role in teams, providing direction and championing high standards and positive change.
Lindsay led the work on the pay disputes between RCN members and the states of Guernsey and Jersey, both of which involved the historic step of seeking the agreement of RCN Council, the College’s governing body, to take industrial action.