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Ann Hawkins


Ann Hawkins

Business advisor and mentor, Drive the Network

Ann's professional bio / interests

Mentor and small business advisor. I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management while working for the British Printing Corporation. I studied Psychology, Economics, Statistics and Industrial Relations and was responsible for implementing Equal Opportunities Legislation and negotiating with five trades unions. After leaving the Corporation to start my own training business I set up The National Training Partnership which I later sold to an international agency. Always an early adopter of tech innovations, I started blogging in 2005, hosted the FM radio show “The Business Hub” and was among the first podcasters with The Social Media Show which ran for 80 episodes. I enjoy experimenting with emerging technology and have long been an advocate of on-line learning. In 2015 I was invited to co-author ‘New Business: Next Steps’ which was commissioned and published by Pearson plc and is used by thousands of small business owners for essential business lessons. I also started the collaborative peer group learning community Drive, named after Dan Pink’s book about motivation. My clients range from sole traders to small businesses with up to 20 employees, from coaches and consultants to agritech suppliers, IT engineers, FSC Auditors and anyone wishing to build a business that gives them the freedom to enjoy life.

I’d like help with…

Connecting with people who have more to talk about than business.

An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…

I'm a socially confident introvert, fan of the blues, literature and art, especially sculpture. Always curious, always learning, trying not be judgemental but not always succeeding. I'm easily bored, hate ritual and have been know to throw a spanner in the works just to liven things up.

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A career highlight

Being invited to write New Business Next Steps for Pearson plc and having it published.




Joined Guild

Mar 01, 2022