Ann McClements

Ann is married and has 3 daughters and a foster daughter by her first marriage,  9 grandchildren and 4 great  grandchildren, 2 step children and 2 step grandchildren. She has been a committed Christian for 58 years and her faith is the most important motivation for her life.
Ann has been retired for 25 years and has always volunteered either through Church or in the Community. She stepped down from the Chair of Devon Senior Voice in June 2016.

Ann attended school in Leicestershire and undertook science A levels although she would have been just as happy doing English Literature. She later attended Bristol University and achieved a BSc Pass degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Economics. She also began a Social Studies Diploma but didn’t take the second year to qualify as a Social Worker as she was offered a job in Bristol Children’s Department, got married and had 3 children.

In the following decade Ann brought up the children and supported her husband who was The Principal of St Brandon’s School, Clevedon, an Independent C/E girl’s school. They moved to Warwickshire in 1978 to run a restaurant which got into the Good Food Guide. 

Ann later joined Birmingham City Education Department as a Social Worker attached to a School for the Maladjusted. She was moved to the Education Social Work Department and continued to work across the city in Special Schools dealing with many disaffected pupils. During the early 1980s Ann joined her husband (then Director of World Vision UK ) on a number of field trips to Africa including Ethiopia in 1985 to see the aftermath of the Famine. With three others she formed a charity – the Shabath Trust, which supported young people 17-25yrs with accommodation and benefits  because they had no family support.
In 1989 Ann became the Education Court Officer responsible for a Department which dealt with all the court cases for non-school attenders, licensed all the children in part-time employment and all children working in entertainment in the City. She appeared in the Magistrates Court as a lay prosecutor.  During this time, Ann worked with the Low Pay Unit in providing evidence to a book called the “Hidden Army” and joined them in a campaign to change the out dated child employment legislation, giving evidence to the Employment Select Committee and the EU Parliament in Brussels.  

Ann took early retirement in 1992. She then travelled as a consultant around other Education authorities lecturing on a new aspect of the Children Act which affected Education. 

Having moved to Devon in 2005 Ann is active in Cullompton, running the Culm Valley Memory Cafe, a Cognitive Stimulation Group and chairing the Culm Valley Dementia Action Alliance. Ann also sits on the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan Committee.