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Ann Pickering


Ann joined 02 in 2004 and was appointed to the UK Executive Board in 2008. Prior to joining o2 Ann worked for Marks and Spencer, Fidelity and Xansa (now Steria) and is a chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development.

Since joining O2, she has seen the company achieve a Top 20 place three times in the Sunday Times Top 100 Employers in the UK and 8th in the UK Best Places to Work. She was also recently recognized as one of the top 10 most Influential HR Directors in the UK.

Ann has worked in the M&A arena throughout her career having been part of the team in Xansa which worked on the acquisition of an Indian IT company. When Telefonica acquired 02 in 2005 Ann was involved in the integration of the 02 into a global telecoms giant.

Ann is calling upon business, government and educators to work together to ensure there are sufficient digitally skilled workers to drive the UK economy. She is passionate about promoting career opportunities for young people in the digital sector

Outside 02, Ann is the Chair of Sheffield University Management School Advisory Board and a Trustee of both ‘Breast Cancer Now’ (the UK’s largest breast cancer charity) and of ‘Step Up to Serve.’ This charity, of which Prince Charles is the patron, seeks to increase the number of young people participating in social action.