Harriette Campbell

Founding member of African and Caribbean Women's Association
Doctor of Science
In recognition of her outstanding community engagement over 30 years supporting African and Caribbean women in Scotland many from the nursing profession.


Harriette was born and educated in the Gambia. Upon leaving school, she was determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother and enter the nursing profession to train as a nurse and midwife.

In 1970 Harriette relocated to England to continue her training in Bath, and then to Scotland a few years later to pursue her nursing career.

In 1988 Harriette co-founded the African Caribbean Women’s Association (ACWA), a charity supporting the social, emotional and cultural needs of African and Caribbean women. One aspect of the Association’s work is campaigning in to raise awareness and treatment of Sickle Cell Disorder, and in 1998 the first Sickle Cell conference in Scotland was held.

Harriette continues to advocate where necessary in the community. In 1999 she co-founded and became chairperson of East Dunbartonshire Ethnic Minority Forum, and also sat on the Community Planning Partnership Board. She has advised and worked with many other charities including the Scottish Haemoglobinopathies Project Group, the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group, the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, African and Caribbean Elders in Scotland and is an active member in Cross Party Groups on issues of race equality, rare disease and mental health.

Harriette also continued her studies and gained a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2000.


Harriette was a major contributor to the publication ‘New Shoots Old Roots’ launched in 2015, capturing African and Caribbean women’s experiences of coming to and living in Scotland from the 1950s to the present day.


Harriette has two daughters and two grandchildren.