Anita Higham OBE Associate Member
After studying at the Universities of Nottingham, London, Aix en Provence and Bristol, Anita embarked on a successful career in secondary Education which included 14 years as Principal of Oxfordshire’s Banbury School. She retired from Education in December 1998, two years after she received an OBE for services to Education and Training. During this time she also served as a Trustee of the National Museum of Science and Technology as an experienced Educationist.
Her commitment to disadvantaged communities in North Oxfordshire led Anita to be appointed in 2006, as a Trustee/Director of the Children and Family ‘Sunshine Centre’ which serves Banbury’s socially deprived Ruscote Ward. Previously in 1994, she undertook a month’s study tour of Pakistan and Northern India to learn about the communities of the people from these regions who had emigrated to North Oxfordshire.
In 1999 she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Oxford Radcliffe (now Oxford University) Hospitals NHS Trust and later became the founding Chair of the Cherwell Vale NHS Primary Care Trust. She was subsequently appointed to a number of health related positions including being elected as the Cherwell area representative Public Governor of the Oxford University Hospitals Trust in 2015 and being elected to the Council of the ‘Patient Safety Sector’ of the Royal Society of Medicine as the Lay representative in 2016.