June Clark qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital, London after obtaining an honours degree in Classics at University College London. She worked in the NHS for 25 years, as a health visitor in Berkshire, managing community nursing services in London, and finally as Chief Nurse to Harrow Health Authority. During this time she maintained her academic work, obtaining her M.Phil at Reading University in 1972 and PhD at South Bank University in 1985. She has published several books and many articles in peer reviewed journals. She holds several honours and Fellowships including Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Fellow of University College London, and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. In 1990 she left the NHS to establish the School of Health Care Studies at Middlesex University. In 1997 she came home to Wales as Professor of Community Nursing at Swansea University, where, following her retirement in 2003, she remains Professor Emeritus.
At international level she has acted as consultant to the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation, and has represented the UK on many international committees. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on nursing, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Primorska, Slovenia. In Wales she was a non-executive director of Carmarthenshire NHS Trust and of the Bevan Commission.
Her special interests and expertise are mainly in primary health care, services for elderly people (she was a member of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care and a member of the Welsh NSF for Older People Implementation Group), and health informatics. She is currently a trustee of Age Cymru and a member of Gwalia’s Gofal a Cymorth Board.
She has been active in the Royal College of Nursing since her student days and has held many leadership roles including serving as President 1990–1994. She has been a Director of Sigma Theta Tau International and was instrumental in founding the Upsilon-Xi Chapter based at Swansea.
In 1995 she was invested as Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to nursing.
She is a Court-appointed lay member of the Swansea University Council. She is also a member of the Court, Audit, Honorary Fellows, Human Resources Policy, Nominations, and Student Affairs Committees.