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Public Speaking & Writing

I undertake public speaking engagements in Britain and overseas. As well as writing my own blogs, I contribute written pieces to a range of organisations and media.

Testimonials from a wide variety of businesses, organisations and conference organisers highlight my skills as an inspirational and innovative speaker who is able to apply insights and experience with wit and passion. I liaise directly with event organisers in advance so as to tailor a presentation to their specific needs. I speak regularly, pro bono, for charitable and educational events and am in the middle range of the fee scale for paid public speaking engagements.

What I do




"Ann expertly led the organisation’s establishment and growth over a decade; she chaired the national commission into spiritual, moral, social and cultural education."
Dr John Wise Former Chief Executive, fbfe


Christmas Newsletter 2023
As with gladness, we grow older - with gratitude and grace Christmas update from Ann and Maggie…

24 December 2023

Women and early years learning – 1950’s style
Women have played a huge role in my education throughout my life, starting with my mother and…

08 March 2024

‘honouring history: encouraging evolution’ reflections…
Is there a case to be made for th ancient ‘ceremonial’ office of High Sheriff, in the gift of…

28 August 2023

Maggie Cook's tribute to Dame Ann
On 2 June 2022, a few special friends gathered in our garden, in the early summer sunshine, and…

31 December 2022

Christmas Greetings 2022
Happy Christmas - and tales of 2022 - damehood, death, and delight!

24 December 2022

Mystical Experience or Medical Emergency? Cold Water Sea…
Part 5 ‘Hard to define what constitutes ‘mystical’ – perception refreshed giving a greater…

05 May 2021

Mystical Experience or Medical Emergency? Cold Water Sea…
Part 4 Transient Global Amnesia

05 May 2021

Mystical Experience or Medical Emergency? Cold Water Sea…
Part 3 Oblivious to the consequences that were to befall me, I marvelled in the moment, in the…

05 May 2021