Appearance on Desert Island Discs!

It was a huge surprise & honour to be interviewed by Lauren Laverne for Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 that was broadcast on the 31st May 2020! Please use the link above the photo to listen to the programme and to discover my 8 chosen tracks as well as the luxury I picked to take with me. I hope that you enjoy it, I certainly did!

2019 – what a year! Pride of Britain Lifetime Achievement Award & 4 Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Here’s a summary of the wonderful events and honours that came my way – my huge thanks to all the organisations who presented me with awards, I still can’t quite believe it all happened!

Pride of Britain Lifetime Achievement Award 28th October 2019 Presented by Janet Jackson

With daughter Azuka & granddaughter Rhianne

Honorary Doctorate Degrees from:

University of St Andrews – 6th June 2019


Brunel University – 9th July 2019


Birmingham City University, 24th July 2019: Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor.




















Manchester University, 9th October 2019: Lemn Sissay, Chancellor

British Journal of Nursing 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

I was thrilled to have been chosen to receive the British Journal of Nursing 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a dazzling ceremony the 9th March. It was comp red by Paul Sinha, comedian, former GP and one of the stars of The Chase television programme. Ian Peate, the BJN Editor-in-Chief, presented the award.

Public Lecture delivered at University of West London 15/3/2018

I was delighted to have been invited to take part in the University of West London’s Public Lecture Series. My presentation was entitled ‘Born in shame but became a Dame’ and was well received by a very enthusiastic audience from the public together with students and staff from the university.