Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses.

Dr Frances Hughes was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses in February 2016.  Immediately prior to this, she held the role of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland, Australia, and also served as Chief Nurse for New Zealand.  From 2005-2011, Dr Hughes worked for the World Health Organization with 16 countries in the Pacific region, supporting them to develop policy and plans to improve mental health for consumers in the Pacific. Qualified as a general and psychiatric health nurse, Dr Hughes has a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has held senior roles for many years across a range of organisations and served as the Commandant Colonel for the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corp. Dr Hughes has an extensive publication record and has received several awards for her work.