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. Elizabeth 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 is co-author with Professor Karl Atkin (University of York) of The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia (2001) published by Open University Press and author of A Short History of Mary Seacole: a resource for nurse and students (2005), RCN Publishing.
She was Vice-Chairperson of the successful Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal – the statue was unveiled in June 2016 – and is now a Life Patron of the Mary Seacole Trust. Elizabeth is also a Patron of the Sickle Cell Society and the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK and is Vice-President of Unite/Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA).
Elizabeth’s memoirs ‘Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union’ were published in September 2016 and are available on Amazon as a paperback and e-book.