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Scouts leader Ann Limb lands London Stansted Cambridge role

Ann Limb, new chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium
Ann Limb, new chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium

The first female chair of the Scout Association will take charge of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium from next month.

Ann Limb is preparing to take up her post as chair on November 1, leading the partnership of public and private organisations working to promote the economic development of the corridor, which is defined by the West Anglia rail line and M11 motorway.

Ms Limb, who has been working with director John McGill and interim chairman Dr John Keddie to ensure a smooth handover, is looking forward to putting the area “on the world map”.

Born in the Moss Side inner-city area of Manchester in 1953, she attended the University of Liverpool and has held a string of high-level posts, including group chief executive and main board director of the University for Industry, responsible implementing the Government’s flagship e-learning initiative.

She is used to influencing leading politicians. As senior vice president for the international strategic management consultancy Citizen Service Transformation, she worked with former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg when he was an MEP. She was also a member of Tory ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s education committee and served on former Labour PM Tony Blair’s digital inclusion panel.

Ms Limb was awarded a CBE for public and political services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015 – the same year that she was elected as the first female chair of the Scout Association and also became a Cub, an option not available to girls when she was growing up.

In addition, she is deputy lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, where she has lived since 1986.

Ms Limb told the Cambridge Independent: “I’m thrilled to be taking up the post of chair of the LSCC.

“I come to this role having set up the South East Midlands LEP in 2011 and having recently led its successful merger with the Northamptonshire LEP. I have significant experience of effective working with council leaders and businesses to deliver positive economic and infrastructure outcomes for local communities.

“The LSCC, established and operated by a strong and forward-thinking group of partners all focused on achieving more than the sum of their individual constituent parts, has the potential to become a world-leading innovation corridor, globally renowned for its pioneering work in digital, hi-tech, medical and life sciences.

“I was attracted to this position by the collaborative energy and goodwill exemplified by LSCC stakeholders. Their shared vision and passionate commitment to achieving the corridor’s ambitions is inspiring and I look forward to working with everyone to put the LSCC on the world map.”


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