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Biographies

Here are details on some of the RCN's key personnel, including the RCN's President and Chief Executive & General Secretary. Further details and images can be obtained from the RCN's UK Media Office by calling 020 7647 3633.

Cecilia Anim
President of the Royal College of Nursing

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Cecilia Anim was elected president in 2014. She was previously elected deputy president in 2010, having been a member for over 30 years, and re-elected to the role in 2012.

She was also an RCN steward for 17 years and a health and safety representative for 17 years. She has worked tirelessly supporting members in three central London NHS trusts. Cecilia was also the staff-side secretary working in partnership with other unions, and secretary of her local RCN branch for 10 years. She then chaired the new branch and served on the London board before taking up the position of deputy president.

In addition to these responsibilities, Cecilia previously served on the Ethics Forum Steering Committee and was also a member on the RCN Menopause Nurses Steering Group. Cecilia still coordinates the Network Group in London.

In recognition of Cecilia's contribution, she and was awarded the RCN Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to members. Cecilia works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London and specialises in family planning and aspects of women's health.

She has a particular interest in menopause and public health issues. Cecilia was awarded the Bevan award for Health and Wellbeing in 2013. Cecilia originally trained as a midwife in Ghana, where she worked before moving to the UK and qualifying as a nurse in 1977.

Cecilia is also actively involved in the activities of her local church, where she is a member of the PCC and also arranges flowers. Furthermore, she is also chair of governors of her local primary school.

Dr Peter Carter
Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing

General Secretary - Dr Peter Carter Download hires image (JPG 2.5MB) Dr Peter Carter is Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the world’s largest professional union of nurses. The RCN has a membership of 400,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, cadets and health care assistants.

Before assuming the post in 2007 Dr Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK with an operating budget of more than £180 million and an international reputation.

He commenced his NHS career by training as a psychiatric nurse at Hill End Hospital St Albans. He is also a general nurse, having trained at St Albans City Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London. In addition he has held a number of clinical and managerial posts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.

Dr Carter is a graduate, and a member, of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a PhD – both from the University of Birmingham. He was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.

Janet Davies
Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery

Janet Davies Download hires image (JPG 63.3KB) Janet Davies became an executive director of the Royal College of Nursing in September 2005 and has the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

She represents the RCN at the National Social Partnership Forum, working with the Department of Health and NHS Employers on issues of policy and employment. She also leads on various advisory groups and forums including the Care Quality Commission, National Clinical Guidance, Transforming Community Services, Accreditation and Quality, Ward Sisters, Open University Advisory Group and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. Within the RCN she chairs the Health and Social Care Policy group and the Future Nurse Future Workforce group as well as various internal strategic boards. Janet's area of work covers professional nursing, policy, employment relations, international and learning and development.

Janet started her nursing career in Manchester, and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organisations, as well as social services, the police, the fire service and the wider community.

In her previous role prior to joining the RCN, as Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Janet was instrumental in overseeing an extensive programme of change and development.