The Royal College of Nursing has elected a new chair and a vice-chair for its London regional board.
Cynthia Davis and Maria Ponto will take on the two roles, respectively, after being elected unopposed. They will replace Ian Norris and Matthew Hodson.
“These are two great appointments for RCN members in London”
Ms Davis was elected to the RCN council in December for a four-year term and takes over as London board chair from Mr Norris, who left as council member at the recent elections.
She has been a nurse and midwife for over 30 years, with strategic experience as a deputy director of nursing. She is currently a senior lecturer in mentorship and practice education.
She is a member of the chief nursing officer’s black and minority ethnic advisory group and has been a member of the RCN London board since 2015.
Meanwhile, Ms Ponto will take over from Mr Hodson, who will remain on the board in a new role as council member for London.
Ms Ponto, who has been an RCN London board member since 2013, worked in acute nursing before going into education.
Changes at the top to RCN leadership in the capital
She is an associate professor at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, where she is a course director for the school of nursing’s MSc in clinical leadership.
Commenting on the elections, RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: “These are two great appointments for RCN members in London.
“Cynthia and Maria have both given a lot to the region already and I know they will provide real leadership in their respective new roles,” he said.
He added: “I want also to pay tribute to Ian Norris and Matthew Hodson for their commitment to the region. They have both worked tirelessly in support of their nursing colleagues and helped to shape the work the region does.”