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.  

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