AOW President Anthea Larken CBE receives the HMS DAUNTLESS crest from Cdr Giulian Hill RN 2008

Mrs Anthea Larken CBE, President AOW

Served in the WRNS (1956–1991) initially as a Range Assessor, before being commissioned 3/0 WRNS, in 1960 as a Photographic Interpreter, then transferring to the Secretarial specialisation. She was appointed Director WRNS, and ADC to HM the Queen in 1988. During her career she was involved in significant developments as the WRNS prepared for integration into the RN.

She was awarded the CBE in 1990 and an Honorary degree by the University of Greenwich in 2000. Mrs Larken joined the Association in 1984, was appointed Vice President in 1991, and succeeded the late Miss Daphne Blundell as President in 1991.