The Royal College of Nursing has announced that Cecilia Anim is to become its next president.
She becomes the first black minority ethnic nurse in the college’s 99 year history to be elected to its highest office, having served four years as its deputy president.
“I’m determined to be a vocal campaigner on behalf of RCN members and will work tirelessly to secure a better future for nursing staff”
Ms Anim will take up office on 1 January 2015 and will serve for two years.
She will replace outgoing president Andrea Spyropoulos, who will step down at the end of the year.
A sexual health nurse with particular expertise in the menopause, Ms Anim works in North London and has been active in the RCN for more than 30 years as a steward and council member.
She said: “I am delighted to have been elected president of the RCN and it is a great honour to serve the RCN members. I’m immensely grateful for the support I’ve received.
“The nursing profession is going through tough times. I’m determined to be a vocal campaigner on behalf of the RCN members and will work tirelessly to secure a better future for nursing staff and their patients,” she added.
Meanwhile, Professor Rod Thomson, a public health director in Shropshire and long-standing RCN activist, has been elected as the college’s new deputy president.
He has also served as vice chair and then chair of the RCN’s annual congress between 2006 and 2014.
“I look forward to campaigning with members across the UK on behalf of nursing and high quality patient care and public health,” he said.
Ms Anim was elected with 35% of the votes cast and Professor Thomson with 42%. All RCN members were invited to vote via a ballot between 1 October and 4 November.