Ann is executive head of human resources at the De Beers Group, which she joined in 2017 from Rolls-Royce where she had been responsible for the international team and global government relations.
Previously she was managing director for energy at Xyntéo, and chief executive of a biofuel joint venture 50 per cent owned by BP.
Ann has also been managing director of the small business service in the UK Department for Trade and Industry, and the first 20 years of her career were spent working for Royal Dutch Shell, where she held various executive positions, including running the global internal consultancy B2B team and the European Fleet Fuel Cards business.
She holds an MA in modern languages from Edinburgh University and a post-graduate diploma in Russian from Strathclyde University.
Ann is a non-executive director of the UK Government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, and a board member of the International Advisory Group of the Confederation of British Industry.
Ann also served as a council member of the British Institute of Energy Economics from 2005 to 2016, and chaired the council from 2006 to 2007.