Cecilia Anim has been elected deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing.
Ms Anim trained as a midwife in Ghana and came to the UK in the 1970s. She is currently employed as a clinical nurse specialist in contraception and sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke centre in London.
She has been an active RCN steward for 15 years, is chair of her RCN branch and staff-side secretary.
Ms Anim will take up office at the RCN’s annual general meeting in London tomorrow.
She said: “I am honoured to serve my fellow nurses. I look forward to using my time as deputy president to speak up on their behalf. Nursing is a vital and rewarding career.
“I am looking forward to working with our president, Andrea Spyropoulos, and to using my experience and passion to make the case for nursing now and in the future.”