Cecilia was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list in recognition of her work for the RCN over the last three decades, as a nurse specialist in the field of sexual health, and as a leader in her community.
She was elected the RCN’s first BME president in 2014, having served four years as Vice President. A clinical nurse specialist in sexual health, she works in North London and has been active in the RCN for more than 30 years as a steward and council member.
As President, she has made promotion of excellence in nursing her number one priority.
In her professional career, she has led advances in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health, particularly around family planning and the menopause.
Alongside that, her community work includes being chair of governors at her local primary school for the last 15 years, and active involvement in her local church.
Cecilia originally worked as a midwife in Ghana, before moving to the UK and qualifying as a nurse in 1977.