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

PhD Liverpool

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 2005

Leading Learning (LSDA) London 2005

Taking Education Really Seriously (Routledge) 2001

Not in front of the children: the leader as parent (FEDA Research Journal) 2000

Further Education under New Labour (Cambridge Journal of Educational Studies) 1999

Changing Organisational Cultures (Further Education Staff College) 1994

Preparing for Incorporation (Further Education Staff College) 1993

Managing Colleges in the 21st Century (Further Education Staff College) 1991

Objectifs: Assignments in practical Language Skills (Cambridge University Press) 1985

Introducing PET: The Cambridge Preliminary English Test (Cassell) 1982