Our Speakers 2021


Dr Ann Limb, CBE

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Pablo Lloyd, OBE

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Alison Sturgess-Durden 

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A Mancunian by birth, Dr Ann Limb CBE DL is a philanthropist, mover & Quaker.  She is Chair of The Scouts - the UK’s largest youth engagement charity, the first woman to hold this role. She is also Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium, the body behind the UK’s Innovation Corridor. 

From 2011-2019, Ann was founding Chair of the country’s top performing LEP, the  South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and is now a LEP Ambassador. 

Between 1976 and 2001, Ann enjoyed a successful career in FE and the civil service as a College Principal in Milton Keynes and Cambridge, followed by responsibly  for the UK government’s flagship digital learning initiative, learndirect.

In the 2011 Birthday Honours, Ann was awarded the OBE and in 2015 ‘upgraded’ to CBE. In 2019, Ann was named #1 LGBTQ+ public sector role model in the OUTstanding List and one of the 50 most influential women born in the North of England in the Northern Power Women Power List.  

Pablo Lloyd, OBE, a Cambridge University graduate (MA) and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants FCA),  is a social entrepreneur who has co-founded four organisations in the education and training sector and has extensive non-executive experience. He is currently CEO of visionnaires, a social enterprise increasing social mobility by incubating business start-ups, co-founded with Capital City College Group in 2019.


He has served on commercial and not-for-profit boards in the education, music & other sectors for over 20 years. He was a founding director of learndirect which grew to become the UK’s largest further education provider. Following the successful sale of its commercial interests to private equity, he founded Aspero Consulting in 2011 and Activate Apprenticeships & Business School in 2014.

From 2006 to 2018, he was a trustee of WorldSkills UK, the charity responsible for ’skills olympics’ for young people, and was awarded an OBE for his services.  Pablo is now a Trustee of Cockpit Arts, the London-based incubator for creative and craft enterprises.  

Once an NHS manager, Alison Sturgess-Durden is  now changing what's possible for clinicians and patients with digital technologies. As one of Mayden's directors, a Bath-based business, providing software solutions for the healthcare sector, she has lead responsibility for their business and organisational development.

Starting her working life as a graduate General Management Trainee in the NHS, Alison held both operational and strategic management positions in acute and community sectors before moving into management consultancy with Finnamore (now part of GE Healthcare), one of the UK’s leading healthcare consultancy firms.  As a freelance management consultant, she undertook assignments for clients in the NHS and charitable sectors before joining Mayden.


Alison's research  interest has been exploring the relationship between organisational identity and strategy. She speaks regularly on Mayden's way of working with less hierarchy and more autonomy for their self organising teams.  


Dr Margaret Heffernan

Sue Turner, OBE

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Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years.  She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.  

The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was  named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for  A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.”


Her TED talks have been seen by over 13 million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020. It  quickly became a bestseller and was nominated for the Financial Times Best Business Book award, the CMI Best Business Book and was chosen as the “Medium Best of the Best” business book.


She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She chairs the boards of DACS and FilmBath and is a Trustee of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution - www.mheffernan.com

Worked in partnership with Architecture IS to promote Bath as part of the Therapeutic City Festival 2019

Sue Turner has dedicated her career to growing businesses and helping people improve their prospects.  A Law graduate from Bristol University, she has a reputation for combining innovation with scrupulous good governance in private, not-for-profit and public sectors.  She is currently studying for a Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and has founded AI Governance Limited, a purpose-driven consultancy which advises businesses and policy makers on pragmatic AI, data ethics and governance issues and making a positive societal impact. 


She is a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee for Cornish Mutual Assurance, the farming insurance experts.  Sue was previously Chief Executive Officer of Quartet Community Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the UK.  During her tenure she more than doubled the permanent endowment to over £50 million and increased annual grant-making to over £5 million to support small, local causes.  She has extensive experience of the changes taking place in UK philanthropy and has supported businesses and individuals to achieve more impact from their philanthropy.


Sue’s career encompasses time as Director of Communications for The Bristol Port Company (the UK’s most centrally located deep sea port), South West Director for the CBI (“the voice of UK business”) and Director of a national charity which worked with businesses to encourage young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.