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Dame Christine Beasley served as Chief Nursing Officer for England from 2004 to 2012 and in 2008 she was made a Dame of the British Empire.

She began her training in 1962 at the Royal London Hospital and worked as a staff nurse.

In the 1980s and early 90s, she took on senior roles at the Ealing and Riverside Health Authorities, before moving into wider regional nurse director posts at North Thames Regional Health Authority.

She has held a range of senior posts with a broad experience of policy development, leadership and general management including Head of Development with the Directorate of Health and Social Care and Director of Nursing, Human Resources & Organisational Development with the NHS Executive.

She established the London Standing Conference, engaging nurses across the capital in leading service improvement and contributing to improvements in clinical practice across the country.