Educated in Yorkshire, Ann subsequently attended Birmingham University graduating with an English and Philosophy degree. She then worked in sales and recruitment consultancy for several years before returning to education to complete her PGCE at Leeds University. Ann has completed the NQEL and has been a National Leader of Education.
Ann became a teaching head in 2003 before moving to Havelock Infant school as Head Teacher in 2006. She was instrumental in setting up Pathfinder Schools in 2013. In May 2015 she became Executive Head Teacher across Havelock Infant and Junior school as the two schools federated under one Governing Body. Under her leadership, the Infant School gained an outstanding OFSTED judgement in 2015 and the Junior School moved from Requires Improvement to Good.
In 2016 Ann became Acting Chief Executive for Pathfinder Schools in addition to being Executive Head Teacher at the Havelock Schools. Since September 2019 she has been full time CEO for the Trust.