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60 years on c1960 Norbury Church of England Primary School,…
I was a fat child. Today I’d be labelled obese but back in the late 1950’s no-one, except…

03 March 2021

Figures of Speech
How I've become a reluctant (minor) gay icon - my contribution to LGBTQ+History Month 2021

28 February 2021

Locked down and out: education and marginalisation in Covid…
This blog is the text of a talk I gave to members of the Athenaeum Club on 18 January 2021. The…

23 January 2021

Covid Chronicles Ann & Maggie's Christmas Newsletter 2020
Zoom Meetings & Never leave home without your mask

18 December 2020

If you get chances in life and climb up the ladder of…
An interview with Dr Ann Limb CBE DL Fellow Commoner, former visiting scholar Centre for Women…

09 December 2020

'God comes to you disguised as your life' Paula D'Arcy
For our annual Quaker Winter Retreat this year, I wrote and spoke about the way in which 'God comes…

30 November 2020

FE in the spotlight
Ann Limb urges the media to put further and adult education in the spotlight and the funding of…

20/10/2020

A highly teachable moment? If not now, when? New skills for…
My overall message is clear - leaders across the spectrum of the political and educational…

27/06/2020

A ‘lesser well known mortal’s’ guide to Desert Island…
I suspect that many of us fantasize what eight pieces of music/sound we would take to our desert…

09/12/2019

Christmas Letter 24: 2019 – a year of resonance
​Dear God, Let us prepare for winter. The sun has turned away from us and the nest of summer hangs…

07/12/2019

Maggie & Ann’s Quaker Wedding 11 May 2019
‘Take heed, dear friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the…

06/12/2019

Transforming power of FE: the opportunity to make a…
​Equality Education and Equity are my passions and were the hallmarks of my career in further…

24/05/2019

‘Out’ is not being at home
For a Northern working class ‘lass’ like me, being ‘out’ in the 1970’s meant not being at…

01/03/2019

VQ day on 4 June but double standards still prevail
Skills pass the television test but a dinner party divide remains. The official TV viewing figures…

02/06/2014

Building bridges: Orchestrating opportunities – the role…
The worlds of skills and economic development are moving closer together - and it helps to have…

11/04/2014

Why arts, heritage, culture, sport and creative industries…
Why the South East Midlands LEP could see the arts, heritage, cultural, creative and sporting…

20/03/2014

Reflections on Strategic Leadership 2:leadership of learning…
Education is field of endeavour that must surely rank as high as any when it comes to the social,…

13/11/2014

Reflections on Strategic Leadership 1: leadership of…
Over the last 3-4 months, I’ve been involved in quite a lot of activity around strategic leadership…

13/11/2014

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
An imaginary dinner party with Eleanor Roosevelt and Helena Kennedy Sometimes when I find myself in…

01/05/2013

Deeds Not Words* What links Emily Davison & Michael…
The first time I voted in a General Election was February 1974. As it happened, it was a postal vote…

03/03/2013

Has Labour finally ‘got’ skills? Ann Limb
Ed Miliband’s 2012 speech to the Labour Party Conference was eye catching for its spontaneous and…

26/02/2013

Mary Lou Carrington Award
The email began ’ I’m writing to let you know that you have been chosen to receive this year’s…

08/01/2013