Ann first got to know Germany in her early twenties, when her father worked as a civilian with the British Army of the Rhine.
She subsequently did a degree in German and French, with subsidiary Russian, at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University), where she also met her husband, Tony.
Ann did an MA and further research in East European Studies at the University of Sussex and in Warsaw, before taking up a post as Lecturer in German at the then Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE) in 1974. After a long career teaching German and East European Studies at UWE until 2008, Ann was awarded a D.Phil. in 2010.
Ann joined BHC Committee as the UWE representative in 1996, and was invited to stand and elected as Chairman in 2000, the year of Expo. She visited Hannover on an ‘Antrittsbesuch’ in January 2001 and was warmly received by the Hannover-Bristol Gesellschaft and the Oberbuergermeister, Herr Schmalstieg. She is very keen to increase the number and frequency of visiting groups between the two cities.