Royal College gets first ever female president
Professor Jackie Taylor has taken up her new role as president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow following her election by the College’s membership last year
Professor Taylor will split her responsibilities as college president with her existing role as a working clinician.
She was appointed to her current consultant post in geriatric medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1997.
Professor Taylor has previously held roles as a clinical director, associate medical director and clinical quality lead for geriatric medicine.
Speaking as she took up her post this weekend at the college’s annual general meeting at the college’s historic home in Glasgow, Professor Taylor praised the work of her predecessor Professor David Galloway, and set out her priorities for her three-year term of office.
‘Proud and humbled’
She said: ‘I’d like to thank our fellows and members for granting me this tremendous honour. I feel very proud, and also very humbled, to be the college’s first ever female president in our four-hundred year history.
Where there are undoubtedly many challenges facing our college and our wider profession, I am sure that the next three years will present us with many more opportunities.
‘In particular, I look forward to focussing on leading improvements to the wellbeing of our membership, and helping to address the workforce challenges that are having such an impact on our work within the NHS today.
At the same time, as the first woman to lead this college, I’m in a unique position to be able to ensure that our institution and profession become more inclusive, and properly representative of our profession at large.’
Professor Jackie Taylor MB ChB, FRCP graduated from the University of Glasgow medical school, trained and dually accredited in general internal medicine and geriatric medicine and was appointed to her current consultant post in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1997.
She is a working clinician with a sub-specialty interest in heart failure.