Congratulations to two longstanding members of the British Menopause Society who have been awarded honours in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Cecilia Anim has been awarded a CBE for services to women’s health.

Cecilia was elected President of the Royal College of Nursing in 2014, having served four years as Vice President. She was re-elected for a further two year term in October last year. A clinical nurse specialist in sexual health, Cecilia works in North London and has been active in the RCN for more than 30 years as a steward and council member.

In addition to these responsibilities, Cecilia previously served on the Ethics Forum Steering Committee and is a past member on the RCN Menopause Nurses Steering Group and former Chair of RCN menopause nurses network, London Region.


Professor Mary Ann Lumsden has been awarded an OBE for services to women’s health.

Mary Ann was Chairman of the British Menopause Society from 2009 – 2011 and is currently President of the International Menopause Society. She is Vice President for Strategic Development at the RCOG and Chair of the National Guideline Alliance Consortium Board, also at the RCOG. Mary Ann is a Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology and Clinical Lead of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow. She is also an Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Mary Ann led the Guideline Development Group for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on ‘Menopause: Diagnosis and Management’ which published in November 2015. Mary Ann’s focus, clarity and objectivity set the tone for the Group’s work. Under her chairmanship and direction, evidence-based methodology, ruthless examination and analysis resulted in clear and unbiased guidance for healthcare professionals and women alike. This was a significant achievement and an important development in this neglected area of Post Reproductive Health.

See the full RCOG citation here:

Our warmest wishes to Cecilia and to Mary Ann.