Ann Limb

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Ann Geraldine Limb CBE, DL FRSA (born 13 February 1953) is a British educationalist and philanthropist.[1] business leader[1] and charity chair.[2] In September 2015, she became the first woman to be elected as Chair of The Scout Association[2] since the movement was founded by Robert Baden Powell in 1907.

Economic development and housing[edit]

Chair of Milton Keynes Partnership from 2005-2011 and a Ministerial appointee to the Board of Homes England, Ann is chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP);[3]

In November 2017, she was appointed as the independent business Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium - the organisation behind the UK’s Innovation Corridor.[4]

Arts and culture[edit]

Ann is passionate about music, opera and theatre. She is a Trustee of The Stables and Chair of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. The Stables produces IF: Milton Keynes International Festival which is multi-arts festival that engages people with music and sound in surprising ways in unusual spaces and places. The biennial festival, founded in 2010, runs for 10 days in July across central Milton Keynes.

Ann sits on the Council of Arts Council England South East Regional Council and led the bid for Milton Keynes to be European Capital of Culture in 2023;[5]

Charity and philanthropic activity[edit]

In 1998 Ann founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation [1] a social mobility charity that supports students from further and adult education progressing into higher education.[6]

In July 2018, Ann made a major donation to Milton Keynes Gallery to enable the creation of the Limb Family Foyer in the newly extended gallery in recognition of the role her mother played in Ann's own appreciation of visual arts.

Other roles[edit]

In 2016 Ann became Chairman of the Executive Committee of her London club, the Athenaeum, Athenaeum Club, London in which capacity she serves as the club’s Deputy Chairman. She is also Vice Chair of the City & Guilds Group City and Guilds of London Institute

Early life and education[edit]

Ann Limb was born in Moss Side, Manchester, the daughter of a butcher,[7] and studied at Marple Hall County Grammar School for Girls, now Marple Hall School, followed by the University of Liverpool.[1] She is a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College University of Cambridge.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ann lives in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.[4]

Career in Further Education[edit]

From 1976 until 2001 Ann had a career in further education, spending a decade (1976-1987) moving through every academic grade from part-time lecturer to Vice Principal. In December 1987, at the age of 34 she was appointed Principal of Milton Keynes College, the youngest ever Principal of a College of Further Education.

TV and radio appearances[edit]

Ann was featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour in October 2015.[9] A Quaker herself,[1] in 2016, she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Great Lives, nominating George Fox, founder of the Quakers.[10] In October 2016 Limb featured in the BBC 1 television series Going Back Giving Back forming the narrative of Series 1 Episode 9 13 October 2016.[11][not in citation given]


Ann has received numerous academic awards, including:

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI) Inaugural Fellow of Milton Keynes College Honorary Doctorates from Anglia Ruskin University, University of Bedfordshire, Open University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of West London


  1. ^ a b c d Burke, Jude (8 February 2016). "Ann Limb: Fighting her way to the top". FE Week. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Leadership Team: Chair of the Board". The Scout Association. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Dr Ann Limb CBE DL: Chair of SEMLEP". South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "About me". Ann Limb. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Dr. Ann Limb CBE DL". Arts Council England. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  6. ^ "History". Helena Kennedy Foundation. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ McVeigh, Tracy (10 October 2015). "Scouts' first female leader vows to get more girls round the campfire". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Fellow Commoners". Lucy Cavendish College. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  9. ^ Woman's Hour - Ann Limb, the new chair of the Scout Association - @bbcradio4
  10. ^ "George Fox: Great Lives, Series 39 Episode 8 of 9". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Series 1, Going Back Giving Back - Episode guide - BBC One". BBC.

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