A Mancunian by birth, and a Milton Keynesian by adoption, Dr Ann Limb CBE DL is an educationalist, business leader and social entrepreneur. She is Chair of the Scout Association – the UK’s largest youth engagement and volunteering charity, the first ever woman to take on this role. As Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), Ann is one of only three women nationally to chair a Local Enterprise Partnership,
After a 25-year career in Further Education, as a lecturer and then College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, Ann was responsible, at senior civil servant level, for the UK government’s flagship digital learning initiative, learndirect and the national e-services programmes Direct Gov and UK online.
Moving to the private sector in 2005, Ann worked as a government adviser in the UK and overseas; she led in the Departments for Education and Business Innovation & Skills on the setting up the online learning service unionlearn; she also advised on the creation of online citizens services in a range of overseas locations.
Ann currently holds a number of public and private sector non-executive directorships, including a Ministerial appointment at the Homes & Communities Agency where she joined the Board in 2011. She is also chair of ENTRUST, the national regulator of the government’s environmental tax credit scheme, the Landfill Communities Fund.
From 2005 – 2011, Ann served as Chair of Milton Keynes Partnership, a successor body to the Milton Keynes Development Corporation that established the new town in 1967. Ann has been associated with housing and infrastructure delivery in Milton Keynes for over a decade. She is also a Patron of Bletchley Park – home of the code breakers.
Since 2011, Ann has served as Chair of Destination Milton Keynes – the city’s official tourism and visitor information service and Chair of the MK Major Events Board. This board had overall responsibility for delivery across Milton Keynes of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and also acts as the Steering Group for the city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. Ann is a member of the SE Council of Arts Council England and as a Trustee of the Stables Theatre, Ann also chairs IF, the biennial Milton Keynes International Festival.
Ann chairs 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.
In the 2011 Birthday Honours, Ann was made an OBE for her work in education and in 2015 awarded the CBE for public and political services. Ann is Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986 and in March 2016 was given a lifetime achievement award by Milton Keynes Business Leaders.