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Dame Christine Beasley Biography

Dame Christine Beasley is the Independent Chair of the Health Education North Central and East London (HE NCEL) Board. Prior to this she was Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health - a role in which she increased the capacity of the nursing and midwifery, AHP and health care scientist workforce to deliver a modernised health and social care system.

Previously Dame Christine served as Director of Partnership Development at The Modernization Agency, in which she developed effective partnerships with 28 Strategic Health Authorities and managed the development of 50 percent of the Agency’s resources to the frontline.

Dame Christine has also been Head of Development and Nursing at the Directorate of Health and Social Care and Director of Nursing Human Resources and Organisational Development at NHS London. Dame Christine has also chaired and spoken at a number of international, national, and regional events.

She is currently a trustee at the Burdett Trust and the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA). She is noted as an effective leader and persuasive communicator with the ability to motivate others and effect change, with a record of success in leading and contributing to policy development and in turning policy and strategy into reality.

Christine began her nurse training in 1962 at the Royal London Hospital and qualified as a registered nurse in 1965. She continued at the Royal London until the late 60s when she took ten years out to raise a family.  In the late 70s she qualified as a District Nurse working at Ealing Health Authority where she took her first steps into management.  In 1987 she became Director of Community Nursing Services at Riverside Health Authority and progressed to Chief Nurse and Acting Chief Executive.  In 1994 she was appointed Acting Regional Director of Nursing at North Thames Regional Health Authority and a year later Regional Director of Nursing at NHS Executive North Thames Regional Office, later becoming Regional Nurse Director for the London Regional Office.

She was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Nursing by Thames Valley University in 1997 and is the Pro Chancellor at the University. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Northumbria, Sheffield Hallam, Keele, Plymouth, and City University, London. She is also a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. 

Christine was awarded a CBE in 2002 and a DBE in June 2008.  She is married with three sons, two stepsons and four grandchildren.