Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Ann graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) in History, before moving to the north east to undertake a PG Cert in Youth and Community Work, at what was formerly Aberdeen College of Education.
Remaining in the north east, Ann worked in local government and lived in Aberdeenshire for more than 30 years. Working within the education service, she became a head of service for Culture and Learning at Aberdeen City Council, and was responsible for developing school/industry links and for liaising with Aberdeen College and the universities. During this period, Ann also graduated with an M.Ed from the University of Aberdeen and a Diploma in Change Management from the Robert Gordon University.
At the end of 2011, Ann moved from the statutory sector to the voluntary sector and until early 2019 worked with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. As director of Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, Ann established and developed the charity’s outreach services which deliver education, training and one-to-one support to homeless people in Edinburgh. In 2018 Ann joined the Board of Apex Scotland which seeks to provide a positive future to those with criminal convictions or at risk of committing offences.
Ann has three adult sons, two of whom live in Edinburgh. The eldest lives with his family in Kuala Lumpur.