Ann grew up and was schooled in South Yorkshire. After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA Hons in Psychology, she trained as an accountant and subsequently as a Company Secretary, taking various roles including Financial Accountant at the Institute of Cancer Research, Company Secretary at KAE Group Ltd and Company Secretary at Samuelson Group. In 1990 Ann became General Treasurer for the Confederation of Health Service Employees before becoming Director of Budgets and Resources at UNISON (the merged public services union), during which time she also studied for her MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University.
In 2000, Ann joined the Institute of Hospitality and as Managing Director of Hospitality Assured, and Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality the professional body for leaders and aspiring leaders in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors, had extensive experience of advising hospitality providers in all sectors on business excellence processes and service development.
Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, as well as of the Institute of Hospitality.
Being a long time independent member of the Northern College Audit Committee, a previous governor of Kingston University and Chair of Governors at Nash College Bromley, has provided her with a good grounding in education governance.
Ann is married and lives in Surrey. Her interests include, time permitting, travel, reading, theatre, music and gardening.
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