Purnell, born male, adopted a female identity, originally as Anne, from the age of 15. She later met and married a woman, who accepted her female side, but asked that Anne should be called Alice, as her own sister was called Anne.
She was listed under "National Treasures" in the Pink List 2013.
- "Organisation" page on the Beaumont Trust website. ([http://www.webcitation.org/6t42FvLuq Archived by WebCite® as at 2017-08-28.)