About Us

We can confirm for all current and prospective IFON members that our union does not affiliate with any political party either within Scotland or the UK. Our membership fees are entirely used for the core purpose of providing our service to all members and we have never donated, nor will we in the future, to any political organisation.

We are however registered with the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 – (certificate under section 2(5)) which is formally lodged with Frederick Street in Edinburgh along with all other unions in Scotland.

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Irenee O’Neill
(General Secretary)
My name is Irenee O’Neill and I have been involved with IFON since its inception in 1995. I initially worked for 2 years, without payment, due to my commitment to advocate and represent our members. I am most fortunate to work with a dedicated Executive Committee, who give tirelessly of their time to assist the union.
Gerry Baillie (Chairperson)
My name is Gerard Baillie and I am a Nursing Assistant at Dykebar hospital. I have been nursing for over 30 years and I have been a member of IFON for over 15 years. IFON is a fantastic organisation.
Patrick McQuillan (Associate General Secretary)
I trained as a Registered General Nurse at Stobhill before working in Intensive Care and general medicine.  I subsequently entered the field of nurse education.  I was also involved in trade union work for many years. I was one of the co-founders of IFON in 1995. In the mid 1990’s nurse education was transferred to the University sector at Glasgow Caledonian University.
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Elaine Shephard (Assistant General Secretary).
My name is Elaine Shephard.  I previously worked within the Specialist Mental Health Service.  I recently joined IFON on a permanent basis.  I have been a member of IFON since it was first established and have witnessed the high standard of representation IFON members receive.  I look forward to an exciting future within this excellent organisation
Nichola Docherty (Aird) (Deputy Treasurer )
I am a mental health nurse, who qualified in 1996 from the Lanarkshire College of Nursing & Midwifery on the Hartwood Site. I recently left the NHS after 21 years and am now working as a nurse, within a private company in a non clinical setting. This is certainly a new challenge and one where I use transferable nursing skills.
Robert Stevenson (Deputy Secretary)
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Lorraine Bell (Treasurer)
I am Lorraine Bell and I have been nursing for almost 40 years. I have had various roles in nursing and am currently a Scrub Nurse in Theatres. I have been a member of IFON since 2000. I have been Secretary to the union for 6 years and this year I have taken the role of Deputy Secretary. I look forward to many more years as a committee member with this excellent union.
Anne Ingram (Admin)
My name is Anne Ingram. I have joined IFON as a part time Secretary and am enjoying working in a busy, friendly and efficient organisation. I look forward to many more years with IFON.
Eithne Crumlish (Secretary)
My name is Eithne Crumlish. I am currently employed as a Nursing Advisor within NHS24. I qualified in 1999. I have worked in a variety of areas within Greater Glasgow & Clyde. I am Secretary to the Independent Federation of Nursing which is not only a union but a family.
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Rita Moorhead (Deputy Chairperson)
Hi my name is Rita Moorhead. I am a Community Psychiatric Nurse working within Greater Glasgow & Clyde. I qualified in 1988 from Glasgow North School of Nursing & Midwifery. I have been appointed to the position of Deputy Chairperson and I am looking forward to taking up this role. I believe that IFON is a ground breaking union which is the way forward for Scottish nurses.
Ann Perran (Executive Committee)
Now retired. I am Ann Perran. I have been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 33 years. I have enjoyed working within a hospital setting in Woodilee, Stoneyetts, Orchards, Stobhill and Parkhead hospital.
Amanda Primrose
My name is Amanda Primrose and I joined IFON in April 2016 as a part time Secretary. I am enjoying my time working within a busy and friendly office environment.