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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


"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


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…


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…


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…


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…