Ann has her own marketing business specialising in strategic planning and PR in the acute healthcare sector, working with the NHS and large venture capital backed healthcare providers in the acute hospital sector and boutique businesses at the ‘high end’. She is director of a family owned North West group of builders’ merchants amongst other directorships. She has been a non-executive director for the IoD since 2010. She is also a speaker at this year’s Women as Leaders conference.
Why did you become a member of the IoD?
"I became a member of the IoD because in my early twenties I was quite ambitious and saw the value of networking as a means of talking about my business, which was private healthcare. My father thought it was a good idea to get some experience by mixing with business people in a relaxed environment and the IoD was what he recommended. I became the director of a private healthcare company at the age of 23 years, which we eventually sold out to BUPA. I very quickly got involved and participated in events. It gave me a nice mix of learning from the speakers and at the same time connecting with business colleagues."
What does being a member mean to you?
"I enjoy the range of services the IoD offers me. It is also the right organisation for me and still meets my personal development needs. I like the hub facilities around the country and they all provide an excellent drop-in facility. The IoD Annual Convention is a ‘must’ in the calendar and the events in the regions still create a focus for learning and good conversation. I now have two sons in my family builders’ merchants business who have also become members."
Have you made connections as a result of your membership?
"I have made excellent connections, both in friendships and being in the company of business people who always offer good conversation. This makes business life an interesting space to be in. The array of speakers also adds connectivity. Quite often they introduce a business application which could be applied to your business and can open other channels that you perhaps haven’t thought of pursuing."