This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate one of our many amazing female alumni. Dr Nellie Adjaye neé Annan MBE attended the East Anglian School for Girls and has gone on to have an incredibly successful career in medicine and child protection. Below Nellie explains how her time at EAS inspired her.
Dr Nellie Adjaye neé Annan MBE
MB BS; MSc; FRCP; FRCPCH
"I joined the East Anglian School for Girls 6th Form from 1963-1965 in continuation of the Methodist Education I had received from Wesley Girls High School in Ghana up to the O Level standard. EAS inspired me to realise my ambition of becoming a Doctor; I was accepted to the Royal Free Hospital Medical School London in 1965 and graduated in 1971.
Specialising in Paediatrics in Great Ormond St Hospital, and St Mary’s Hospital in London I was appointed the first Consultant Community Paediatrician to Maidstone Health Authority in 1987.
On the recommendation of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health I was appointed as the Medical Assessor on the Laming Inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie in 2001-2003, from which a landmark report on Child Protection was made.
I was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to Child Health and Child Protection. I continue to keep an interest in Child Protection issues in my retirement and often collaborate with colleagues in teaching of the subject in Ghana where I frequently visit.
EAS also inspired my interest in classical music, particularly choral work which I have pursued over the last 20 years singing with the local Sutton Valence Choral Society."