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DMK Chair receives honorary doctorate from the Open University

Date Posted:11/10/2017

Ann LimbThis week one of the most recognisable and respected people in Milton Keynes received an honorary doctorate from one of the most prestigious organisations in the city, The Open University.

Hailing originally from Moss Side in Manchester, Dr Ann Limb has worked in the education sector for over 35 years and in 1987, at the age of just 34, Ann became Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College – setting the record for the youngest FE College Principal ever appointed.

In 2000, she became Chief Executive of the University for Industry, where she established the online platform Learndirect and in that role, she also oversaw the development of UK online and Directgov. From 2004 to 2010 she worked as Senior Vice President at Citizen Service Transformation. Her wise counsel has been sought by the current and previous governments and she has advised all the major political parties on education and skills policy and public service delivery.

Ann used her passion and experience to found the Helena Kennedy Foundation in 1998, which supports disadvantaged learners, often with few formal qualifications and significant barriers, to move from FE into university. She also chairs the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) ensuring that businesses across the region are working together to promote economic growth, job creation and skills.

Two years ago Ann became the first woman ever to chair the Scout Association, the largest mixed volunteer-led movement in the UK. Amongst many positions she holds, Ann is Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Buckinghamshire, and is Chair of Destination Milton Keynes, and the Milton Keynes Major Events Board, which is leading the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2023. She has been honoured many times for her contribution to education, business and public services, receiving an OBE in 2011 and then a CBE in 2015.

Ann commented on the day, “I’m thrilled to be awarded a doctorate from the Open University as I have upheld the values of openness and access to opportunity for all throughout my professional life. It is a huge honour to be formally recognised by a unique, globally renowned university headquartered in the amazing city of Milton Keynes where I have lived and worked for over 30 years.”
 

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