Ann has over thirty years’ experience of community development in a number of settings. She is based in North Lincolnshire and has worked independently for twenty five years. She has a wide experience of carrying out project evaluations, having recently evaluated the work of Advice North Lincs, the Active Communities support across North Yorkshire and a Reaching Communities funded employability project on Westcliff estate in Scunthorpe. Her real interest is in rural development, having managed a LEADER 2 community development training project in Lincolnshire some years ago and is now vice chair of the Northern Lincolnshire LAG. More recently, she has with the Countryside Agency, rural community councils in Yorkshire and the Humber, the University of Lincoln, for North Yorkshire and York Forum and a number of parish councils and community groups. She has qualifications in research and has recently completed a piece of qualitative research on the experiences of BME groups in North Yorkshire.
When not at work, she is a member of an apple juice pressing co-operative based in the Isle of Axholme called Apple of your Isle and has just become involved in a food growing co-operative in rural North Yorkshire. She is also unusually a woman with an interest in railways and is a member of the Lincolnshire branch of Railfuture with a brief of widening diversity among the membership.