Ann is Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, one of 39 private sector led economic development partnerships set up by the Government to stimulate innovation, inward investment, economic growth and job creation.  

Ann began her career as a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge. From 2000-2005, she was Chief Executive of the University for Industry. Ann moved to the private sector in the role of Senior Vice President with management consultancy Citizen Service Transformation. Ann worked from 2005-2010 as a government adviser in the UK and overseas and was also involved with the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills in the setting up the education service unionlearn.

Ann holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships and is Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. 

Ann is Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which she founded in 1998 to promote social mobility in further and higher education by awarding bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and E-ACT, a multi academy trust whose core mission is to break the link between poverty and underachievement.

In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Ann was appointed an OBE for her public service and services to education. She was awarded Fellowship of City & Guilds in 2002.