A Mancunian by birth, Ann is a business leader and charity entrepreneur. She is the first ever woman Chair of The Scout Association – the UK’s largest youth engagement charity. She also chairs the SE Midlands LEP and the London 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 was awarded an OBE in 2011 and a CBE in 2015 and is Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986.