Training and background

Attended the Ghana International and Mfantsipim Schools, winning many academic prizes (1961-65).  Trained at Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, with postgraduate training at Birmingham Women’s, St George’s, St Mary’s and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals. Special interest training in endoscopic surgery at centres in UK, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and Germany.  ‘Recertification as an accredited Colposcopist by BSCCP’ 2016-2018.


LLM Medical Law & Ethics, Leicester De Montfort Law School (2015-17).



First assistant (1981-85) to the late Sir George Pinker, KCVO, gynaecologist surgeon to HM Royal Household.  Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist to Whipps Cross University Hospital (1986-2008) including Clinical Director (1995-1998). Supervising consultant for the refugee doctors project in North-East London (1996-2008). 


Educational tour of China (May 2016) visiting clinics and hospitals specialising in obstetrics, gynaecology, fertility, Chinese traditional medicine and acupuncture in Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Yangshuo, with participants from UK, US, Malta, Australia and New Zealand.


Recognised clinical teacher and honorary senior lecturer at London University. Examiner for the General Medical Council and past examiner for London University, RCOG, and the University of Khartoum and West African College of Surgeons.  Trained doctors from nearly 50 different countries and nearly 600 doctors in total over the past 25 years.


Many peer-reviewed publications on various topics in obstetrics and gynaecology.  Presentations at local, regional and national level to the public, midwives, medical students, trainees and general practitioners.  International speaker and teacher at postgraduate institutions in UAE, Ghana, Sudan, Nigeria and India.


Honorary Treasurer (2006-09) and President (2009-10) of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology section of the RSM and still curently a coucil member. Past Vice-Chair of the African-Caribbean Medical Association and council member of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Founder member of the Expert Witness Institute.


Attended the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health: Current Choices 2015, and participated in the Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Fertility Tour of Cuba by Jon Bianes (November 2015) and the RCOG World Congress, International Convention Centre, Birmingham (June 2016). Presentation of "Myomectomy - 38 years personal series of nearly 900 cases" at The International Congress of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Prague, Czech Republic.


Global Advisor in Healthcare to Guidepoint, a consulting network of industry experts.



Civic duties, awards and honours

  • Magistrate, North-East London Bench (1996-2001).
  • Freeman of the City of London (1996).
  • Governor Epping Forest College (2004-2008).
  • Awarded the Ghana Professional Achievers Awards in 2002 for Health and Medicine and for Innovation, Dedication and Excellence.  
  • Gathering of Africa’s Best Award for Achievement, 2003. 
  • Biographee in Cambridge Blue Book and Who’s Who in Medicine (2005/6). Included  in Tatler’s publication of ‘Britain’s 250 best private doctors’ (2005 and 2007) and Dictionary of International Biography (2005).
  • Fellow and Honorary Vice-President (Life) of The Association of Certified Commercial Diplomats.
  • Elected Global Council Member of Association of Certified Commercial Diplomats (2008).
  • '2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century' for services to medical education and teaching locally, nationally and internationally.  9th edition 2016, published by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge.


Community and charity

‘The Henry Annan Charity Fund’. Also a supporter of the Wellbeing of Women, Afrikids, Cambridge Society, Selwyn College Medical Elective Fund, Barts Guild, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, the Royal Academy of Arts and UK Friends of Freddie Krivine Foundation.


Contributor to the Ghana Place Names research project aimed at finding the meanings and origins of as many place names in Ghana as possible with the help of people who have an interest or knowledge of the country.  Find out more....



Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
Foundation Fellow Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons
Fellow International College of Surgeons
Fellow Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Member of the British Medical Association, British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy, London Consultants’ Association (Trustee), Medical Society of London and The Worshipful Society of Apothecariesa.

Registered stakeholder for ‘Heavy Menstrual Bleeding’ at the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. 


Personal profile

Dual British and Ghanaian nationality.  Divorcee with three sons and one daughter plus four grandchildren. Remarried Miss Thyra Riby-Williams in September 2016. Apart from my family, hobbies include bridge at club level, photography, theatre, sports and travel. Member of the MCC, the Oxford and Cambridge University Club, and the Victora and Albert Museum.



Arbitrator for medical negligence in NHS. To continue to be a role model and to promote medicine as a career, especially for the under privileged and black and ethnic minorities. Widen my charity work nationally and internationally.

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