First woman appointed as Chair at City & Guilds

City & Guilds has formally welcomed the first female Chair in its 143-year history. Dr Ann Limb CBE DL takes over from Sir John Armitt who stepped down in October after nine years as chair.

02 November 2021

Ann has been Chair of The Scouts, the UK’s largest youth engagement charity, for the last six years and was also the first woman to hold this role.

A linguist by background, feminist through experience, and Quaker by convincement. Ann’s passionate belief in the power of art, creativity, sport, education, imagination, nature, and faith to transform individuals and communities is based on her own life’s journey, from a butcher’s shop in 1950’s Moss Side to the commissions of Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in nomination 2023-4.

Ann has also dedicated a large part of her working life to education having spent 25 years in Further Education as a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and in the civil service where she had responsibility for the UK government’s flagship digital initiatives, learndirect, UK online and Ann is already a long-term member of the City & Guilds family, she was made a Fellow 20 years ago and has spent time serving across many different City & Guilds committees, most recently as Vice Chair of Trustees.

Speaking about her new role, Ann said: “City & Guilds has been part of my DNA for over two decades and I am delighted to be taking over the stewardship of this wonderful organisation as well as breaking barriers as the first woman chair.  With many industries suffering huge skills shortages and a post-covid, post-Brexit workplace revolution taking place, City & Guilds’ purpose has never felt more vital. I look forward to bringing my experience to the organisation as it focuses on supporting people into their first jobs and helping them to retrain and reskill to remain employable throughout their working lives.”