Ann is passionate about people and offering support in a variety of contexts.  She has 20 years' experience of middle and senior management experience in a public sector environment, of which 14 years were spent in the Registration Service (Births, Deaths and Marriages) in West Sussex, and as Superintendent Registrar in Stockton-on-Tees and North Yorkshire.  She is a holder of the Registrar General's Certificate of Competence in Registration Law and Practice.

In addition, Ann also has 16 years private sector experience in a business background as a company director in the construction industry and has trained as a legal executive dealing with litigious, criminal and family law matters, and more recently worked with a principal solicitor in the region as a practice manager.

Ann holds a number of professional qualifications, including an MBA from Durham University, an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching, and has worked with Cruse as a bereavement counsellor.  Ann is committed to supporting charitable causes and is a trustee for two separate charities based in the North East of England.