New RCVS president marks a first for the college

25 Jul 2020

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By Josh Loeb

Mandisa Greene has made history by becoming the first black president of the RCVS.

Elected to RCVS council in 2014, Greene was invested as president on 10 July during a virtual ceremony due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a lighthearted speech, her predecessor Niall Connell praised Greene as ‘one of the fastest walkers on council’, adding: ‘She regularly accompanies me in the three miles from Belgravia House [RCVS headquarters] back to Euston station.

‘Similarly, she will power through this year as a fantastic president and role model. I shall be proud to work alongside you this year, Mandisa, as you become the 149th president of the RCVS.’

In her acceptance speech as president, Greene said: ‘When the RCVS was founded in 1844, this would have been unthinkable – that a woman, let alone a black woman, would become president.

‘While in many ways it demonstrates progress,...