A Mancunian by birth, Ann is a business leader and charity entrepreneur. She is the first ever Chair of The Scout Association - the UK’s largest youth engagement charity. She also chairs the London Stanstead Cambridge Innovation Corridor. After a career in Further Education, as a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, Ann became the senior civil servant responsible for the UK government’s flagship digital learning initiative, learndirect and the national e-services programmes Direct Gov and UK online. Ann is Vice President of the national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which she founded in 1998 to promote social inclusion in further and higher education by awarding bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ann is Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986.
Degrees and Honours
BA (Hons) French Liverpool
MA L’Universite de Nancy France
Honorary Doctorates from Anglia Ruskin, Bedfordshire, Manchester Metropolitan and Open Universities and Honorary Professorship from University of the West of London.
Membership of Professional Bodies/ Associations:
Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
Diversity: How Diverse Leadership is Better for Business (Mazars LLP) 2012
Women in Leadership: five roots to success Tina Kothari (Amazon) 2008
50 Lessons from Exceptional Business Leaders www.skillsoft.com 2005