Royal College of Nursing council member and former council chair Sandra James is to stand down, it has been announced.
A mental health nurse by background, she has spent 30 years as an RCN activist, sat on the RCN council since 1994 and chaired it from 2009-11.
The college said Ms James intended to stand down from the council in October to “pursue other commitments”.
A leading light for nursing in the Channel Islands, it was announced in April Ms James had been elected as a deputy in the parliament of Guernsey.
She was made an MBE last year for services to nursing in Guernsey and the UK.
Kath McCourt, current chair of the RCN Council, said: “I would like to thank Sandra for the invaluable contribution she has made as a member of council and in representing RCN members in the South East region.
“Sandra has always shown an enormous level of commitment to the RCN and nursing and I know members from all over the country will wish Sandra well in her future endeavours.”
Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, paid tribute to Ms James’ “outstanding contribution” to the RCN.
He added: “During Sandra’s term of office as chair of RCN council she led on many significant changes to the College – not least the establishment of the RCN Foundation as distinct from the RCN.
“The RCN owes Sandra an enormous debt of gratitude and I would like personally to thank her for the diligence and fortitude she has consistently shown.”