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DMK Chair Dr Ann Limb honoured

Date Posted:03/11/2014

Ann Limb OBEBuckinghamshire entrepreneur Dr Ann Limb OBE has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the life and community of Milton Keynes and the South East Midlands.

The well-known Chair of both South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and tourism service Destination Milton Keynes was presented with the coveted award at today’s [Oct 31st] University of Bedfordshire’s graduation ceremony.

Making the presentation of the award to Ann, the University of Bedfordshire listed her impressive experience and spoke about her illustrious career, which has spanned the world of education, charities,
business and public life.

Ann, a well-known champion of Milton Keynes, campaigns tirelessly to promote the city, and is also Chair of the biennial MK International Festival and Chair of the MK Major Events Board, which has overall responsibility for delivery in stadium:mk of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ann Limb was awarded the OBE for her public service and for services to education.

The University of Bedfordshire’s citation for Ann highlights that she:

‘Is a passionate advocate of education and training as a driver of social mobility and social justice. She began her career as a teacher and lecturer in 1977 and by 1988 was a College Principal at Milton Keynes College.  It is a role she held for eight years before becoming Principal and Chief Executive of Cambridge Regional College.

From 2000 to 2005, Ann was Chief Executive of the University for Industry, which is now the successfully privatised digital learning organisation learndirect, and the digital social enterprise Tinder Foundation. From 2005, as Senior Vice President with the international strategic management consultancy Citizen Service Transformation, Ann advised governments in the UK and overseas.

Ann has held an extensive range of public and private sector non-executive directorships, together with many educational, voluntary and community appointments.  Nationally, her current government roles include Non-Executive Director of the Homes and Communities Agency, Chair of the Environmental Regulator ENTRUST, and Chair of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, one of the largest of the 39 private sector led economic development partnerships set up by the government in 2010.

In 1998 Ann founded a national educational charity, the Helena Kennedy Foundation, which works to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students.’