Non-Exec Director & CEO - Women 4 Technology
Ann co-founded Bailey Fisher in 1998 and spent 20 years running the business alongside co-founder Paul Bailey, before a successful MBO exit in 2018. Ann continues to be involved in the business as a Non-Executive Director.
As a passionate advocate of diversity and equality in business, in 2008 Ann founded Women 4 Technology, a business networking forum for 1,500 international entrepreneurs, investors and leaders. Launched in Cambridge, Women 4 Technology expanded to London in 2009 and Manchester in 2018.
Since 2015 Ann has worked with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to co-ordinate a series of high-profile Cambridge events for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. She is a mentor on the Techstars Barclays Accelerator and in 2019 was appointed to the Board of Cambridge Wireless having previously been a Business Special Interest Group Champion. Ann was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Business People in the Cambridge Technology Cluster.
Throughout her career Ann has helped build leadership teams for entrepreneurial businesses across the UK. Early in her career she founded a recruitment business which she built to a successful exit, and worked as Head of Finance for an early stage software company, having trained with a Top 10 Manchester accountancy firm.
"The format of the Women 4 Technology event was perfect.This was one of the most effective networking events I have attended, with the sort of people I would sacrifice my evening to meet and exchange views with."