Royal College of Nursing , deputy president
Yvonne began nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualifying as a general nurse in 1980.
In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts. Then, in 2004, she worked at the Department of Health as private secretary to the chief executive of the NHS, Sir Nigel Crisp. In her time at the Department, she held several strategic posts, including programme director for the MRSA and cleaner hospitals programme and external relations nursing officer to the Chief Nursing Officer of England.
Yvonne was appointed as lead for the Breaking Through Programme to support Black and Minority Ethnic staff in the NHS. She was a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) where she helped develop their inclusion strategy. With Harvard University professor, Dr David Williams, she gave talks on race equality in the NHS at Harvard, Johns Hopkins hospital and for the national association of health service managers in the United States.
In 2013, Yvonne was voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers, two years in a row. She was appointed officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 for her services to health care and was appointed commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2019. In 2018 she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, FRCN. From January 2019 Yvonne took up office as vice president, Royal College of Nursing for a two-year term.