Ann Cummings

Associate Consultant

Ann brings expertise in change management, process review, effective ways of working and sustainability. She has a strong understanding of change management in HE and is passionate about the student experience and making a positive difference to those around her.

After management roles in various Government departments and Further Education colleges, Ann moved into Higher Education with a remit to complete the construction and fitting out of a new campus and the design of the services to be delivered within it. The experience was good and developed a love of building projects, which led to conversions of listed buildings, multi-storey extensions, new builds and a complete refurbishment whilst maintaining access to all services and resources. This, in turn, developed some rather advanced project management skills! She has led Library, Academic and Learning Technology services, created an Academic Skills Service and managed a Student Advice Centre.

She has led reviews into Library Services, Learning Technology and Graduate School departments resulting in changes in jobs, teams, structures and services. She has also worked in the charitable sector, setting up a new Council funded project to support people in receipt of funding from either County Council or NHS to recruit and employ personal assistants to enable a better quality of life. She also established a community support network at the start of the pandemic, which remains active.

Ann Joined SUMS after 20 years working in the HE sector. After taking a career break, her most recent role was to oversee the REF submission for the Open University, resulting in a significant increase in QR funding. She then went on to project manage the programme creating a new working model following the pandemic and finally the sustainability programme.

When not working, Ann is a busy gardener producing fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs from the ex-battery chickens washed down with home made wines and spirits. She is also a keen kayaker and walker.