Anne Wafula-Strike MBE, associate non-executive director

Born in Mihuu, Kenya, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. After completing A-levels and graduating from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education degree, Anne taught at Machakos Technical College in Kenya before meeting the man she would marry - which led her to Britain, motherhood, wheelchair racing, disability advocacy and charity work.

2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from Sub-Saharan Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens.

In 2006, Anne became a British citizen and joined Team GB. In 2007, she was among the Commonwealth delegates invited to a recognition reception at Buckingham Palace and she was officially recognised with an MBE in 2014 for her services to disability sport and charity work. She is a strong campaigner for diversity, inclusion, and accessible living for disabled people. Anne lives in Harlow and is proud to have taken on the role of associate non-executive director at PAHT, her local hospital, in 2021.

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.