A WOMAN has been chosen as the president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for the first time in its 418-year history.

Dr Jackie Taylor will assume the role for one year, before taking on a three-year term as president of the college next December when Professor David Galloway’s term ends.

The college, founded in 1599, is the UK’s only multi-disciplinary royal college, and supports members from across the world in upholding the highest medical standards.

Professor Galloway announced the results of Alison Lannigan vice president (surgical).

Professor Galloway said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Jackie Taylor to the role of president-elect the election for office-bearers at the college’s annual general meeting in Glasgow at the weekend. Hany Eteiba has been elected vice president (medical) and for our college. Her position will be truly historic as she prepares to be the first woman president of the college in our 418-year history.

Dr Taylor is a consultant physician in medicine for the elderly based at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

She was elected by her fellow members on a platform that the college must use its independent position to ensure optimal recruitment and retention of staff and excellence in service delivery.

She said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been elected as president-elect, and in particular to be the first woman given this honour. I look forward to building on the legacy of the college and leading it into an exciting new era.”

College membership has grown to more than 14,000 from 84 countries, while the Glasgow staff team has grown by 20 per cent.