Trevor Clay was the man who won nurses a fair pay deal as general secretary of the RCN from 1982 to 1989.
During his time as general secretary, Mr Clay introduced the RCN to cross-party campaigning and developed a high media profile. He used this to lead the campaign that won an independent pay review body, clinical grading and a wholesale review of nursing education. He used his influence to educate the public and politicians on the importance of nurses playing an active role in management.
Mr Clay retired from his position as general secretary in 1989 due to ill-health and sadly died from emphysema, aged 57, in 1994.