Appointed June 2016
Ann is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scottish Power. She was brought up in Paisley and her father was a lecturer in the former Paisley College of Technology. After graduating in law from the University of Strathclyde she worked as a solicitor and was a partner for ten years with Pacitti Jones, Solicitors in Glasgow. In 2001, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for the former Glasgow Maryhill seat and from 2005 to 2015 represented the Glasgow North constituency. During her parliamentary career, she served on several select committees including Scottish Affairs, International Development, Arms Export Control and latterly on the Business, Innovations & Skills committee. Between 2008 and 2010 she was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and from 2010 to 2011 was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland in the Labour Shadow Cabinet.
From 2012 to 2015 Ann was Vice Chair of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy which supports work in emerging democracies across the world. She has also served on both the World Trade Organisation Parliamentary Assembly and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She is currently a trustee of UN Women National Committee UK.