• Anne


Anne Mortensen


5 bits of advice to my teenage self…

  • Don’t worry about traditional milestones. They were created in the 1950s and are outdated. They create a stifling pressure that can be overwhelming.

  • Be open and aware that we all have blind spots

  • Spend time with those you love and give each other support

  • Be authentic.

  • Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and try something new. You will learn a lot and also become comfortable in different situations later in life

About me

As a teenager…

I grew up in Norway in a small village just outside Oslo. I was very lucky to grow up in this small village and many of the friends I made in kindergarten are still very good friends today.

Like many other teenagers, my diary was full of activities most days of the week. I did ballet, played piano, sang in a choir and was in the scouts. Except for ballet, where we did the Royal Academy of Dance exams in French, activities were never too focused on mastery but more about enjoyment, social interactions and making friends.

After my A levels I moved to the UK to go to university. I was meant to stay for only one year, but loved it a lot and decided to stay on and study for by BA Hons and also an MSc in HR & Industrial Relations

After school…

Initially, I started working for a small a recruitment company in Marlow. This was followed by more than 20 years of corporate life with IBM, Rio Tinto and Accenture. Most of my roles where in the HR space (HR outsourcing/ HR Shared Services and Transformation). I have had many global roles and lived and worked in 5 countries. I consider myself a ‘global citizen’ who thrives when I am part of diverse and inclusive teams. I have always been passionate about developing the next generation of leaders in all my roles.

Now I’m…

I am a mum to a 4 year old girl and we live in Lancaster. I am working as ‘independent’ and managing my own portfolio which is great fun. We love Lancaster and I have no regrets of leaving big city life behind.