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Coaching & Mentoring

I coach ‘leading lights’ – next generation leaders – who over the next decade are likely to exercise significant leadership roles in education, the charitable sector, public and corporate life.

I spent over 25 years working in the public sector, undertaking a wide range of roles, from a graduate teacher, specialising in modern foreign languages, business and tourism studies, to leadership of two large colleges of further education and three major governmental digital and e-services initiatives - the UK government’s flagship e-learning initiative learndirect now in private ownership, UK online centres now operating as a successful independent social enterprise charity Good Things Foundation and GOV.UK one of the most effective governmental e-services for citizens worldwide.

Since 2005, I have worked in the private sector as a non-executive director focusing on governance, technology, human resources, ethics and public affairs, at the same time as fulfilling public sector non-executive roles in health, regeneration and economic development, the environment and national security.

My coaching and mentoring style is supportive, exploratory, constructively challenging and outcome focused. I have personally encountered many of the challenges faced in today’s business and public life, and as a trained therapist, I am equipped to deal with any emotional issues that may arise through coaching.

Having found myself in a leadership position at a young age, I am particularly interested and experienced in coaching younger and aspiring leaders who are at critical or transitional points in their own careers and who seek coaching to enable them to take the next steps on their journey to becoming leading lights in their chosen field of endeavour.

I have mentored and coached several people who have gone on to achieve some of the highest positions in public life, as well as in the voluntary and community sectors, local and national politics, education, business and the civil service.

What I do

Testimonials

"As Chief Executive, Ann supported and guided me and steered the organisation to go from strength to strength."
Helen Milner OBE Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

News/Blog

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

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