Anne Page is currently the (part-time) special representative in the UK of the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, as well as Honorary Consul for SA in East Anglia.
Born in London in 1940, her South African connections date back to the 1950s, when her father became Chairman of Reckitt and Colman, SA, and took the family to live in Cape Town.
She attended the University of Cape Town, obtaining a BA degree. During her undergraduate years, she joined in the opposition to apartheid, especially as the Universities Extension Act was being prepared. For three years, she was the campus correspondent for the Cape Times, where she worked as a trainee in the university vacations. In the evenings, she taught English language and literature to adult Africans at the Student Health and Welfare Centre (SHAWCO) in the then township of Windermere.
On return to London, Anne worked for the Times Educational Supplement, before removing to Paris to study further. There, she was offered work with the first English language service to Africa produced by Agence France Presse, where she stayed for two years.
After extensive travel in the United States, including anti-apartheid activity in San Francisco, and involvement in civil rights activities, Anne returned to London in 1964, and went to work as information officer in the Anti-Apartheid Movement. In 1965, she co-founded Anti-Apartheid News, working closely as editor for several years with Mazisi Raymond Kunene, ANC Chief Representative in Europe and subsequently South Africa's first Poet Laureate, Abdul Minty, Vella Pillay and the Lords Hughes and Macdonald.
She is currently a member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics, a member of the Royal African Society and the Royal Commonwealth Society and active in community and voluntary work in Suffolk, East of England, where she now lives. Previous work experience includes ten years as Chief Executive of the London Research Centre, five years as head of education and training for the London Docklands Development Corporation, research and administrative support for the Parliamentary Labour Party and extensive journalism in South Africa, France and the UK. She was an elected councillor for the London Borough of Islington from 1974 to 1983, and has been a member of several educational and health care governing bodies.
Anne attended school in Sutton, south London, and graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to the writer, Bruce Page, with two adult children.