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Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London.

In 1979 she set up the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counselling service, based in Brent. She then became a senior lecturer in Community Genetic Counselling at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health. Prior to retirement in 2007, she was Dean of the School of Adult Nursing Studies & Professor of Nursing at University of West London (UWL), before establishing the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice, also at UWL.

Elizabeth was Vice-Chairperson of the successful Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal and is now a Life Patron of the Mary Seacole Trust. In 2016 she published her memoirs Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union.

Elizabeth became a Dame in 2017 in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours and was awarded a Fellowship of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (FQNI) in October 2017 and became a Vice-President of the QNI in 2021.

You can visit Elizabeth’s website here.