Ann is from County Limerick and came to train as a nurse in the 60s. She entered the civil service in the 80s working in Personnel (Career Management) and Training Development and Marketing. She gained a degree in History from the Open University in the 90s. She was a councillor in the London Borough of Bexley for 11 years specialising in Social Care and Health. Ann was elected Mayor of Bexley in 2002 – first and only Irish person to hold this office. Together with her husband, Richard, she was one of the founder members of the London Irish Councillors’ Network.
She joined the Board of Trustees in 2006 and held the post of Secretary to the Board until September 2015.