Who is Ann Gloag?
Dame Ann Heron Gloag is a recognized Scottish businesswoman, activist, and charity campaigner. Gloag is the co-founder of the transport company Stagecoach Group.
As per The Sunday Times Rich List in 2020, she and her brother, Sir Brian Souter, are worth £730 million, a decrease of £145 million from the previous year. Gloag and her husband and two other family members were charged with criminal offenses involving human trafficking in January 2023. She, however, disputes the charges.
Ann Gloag Career
Gloag qualified as a nurse and in a 20-year career served as a burn unit sister. She is currently ranked as Scotland’s richest woman. Gloag has gone back to her nursing roots in her philanthropic work with the charity Mercy Ships where she is a trustee. She has worked on the Mercy Ships UK and International boards for more than a decade and was instrumental in the launch of the Africa Mercy- Mercy Ships floating hospital.
Using her father (a bus driver)’s redundancy money and working with her brother, Brian Souter, and her first husband, Robin, she established the Stagecoach Group in 1980, running buses from Dundee to London. The expansion went on and in the early 1990s, Stagecoach acquired National Bus Company operations in Hampshire, Cumberland, East Midlands, Ribble, Southdown, and the United Counties. Stagecoach then purchased more bus operations in Newcastle, Scotland, and London, with Manchester being added in 1993.
Ann took ownership of Kent International Airport in November 2013, also known as Manston Airport for the sum of £1. Her co-director is Pauline Bradley, a corporate lawyer and former head of joint ventures at Bank of Scotland, described by The Herald as ”one of Scotland’s most powerful women”. Although there were assurances to staff on the long-term investment in the airport, management revealed a consultation on closure in April 2014.
Uncertainty about the airport’s future led flight operators that were using Manston to leave, including KLM, which was running a twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol. A number of bids were forthcoming during the consultation period to buy and run the airport. However, it was closed on May 15, 2014, with the loss of 144 jobs in the airport and an unknown number in the surrounding area. Ann did not appear publicly or give a reason for the airport’s closure or her refusal to sell.
As of 2016, she and pressure groups such as Save Manston Airport and Why Not Manston? go on to campaign for the reopening of the airport and have opposed alternative uses. Prime Minister David Cameron, in answer to a question from Gale in the Houses of Commons, said that the future of Manston was the responsibility of the airport owner, but the Gov’t was in negotiation with Gloag in May 2014. In July 2017 planning inspectors rejected an appeal stating that the site was protected for aviation use under EC4 rules.
How old is Ann Gloag?
Dame Ann Heron Gloag is aged 80 years as of 2022, born on December 10, 1942, in Perth, Scotland. She shares her birthday with celebrities including Joe Burrow, Raven-Symoné, Adalia Rose, Ana Gabriel, Kendalle Sands, Kenneth Branagh, Teyana Taylor, Susanna Reid, Bobby Flay, and Meg White, among others.
Ann Gloag Family
Who are Ann Gloag’s parents?
Dame Ann Heron Souter was born in Perth, to her parents. Her father was a bus driver in the country and she used her redundancy money to start her own bus company.
Does Ann Gloag have siblings?
Gloag was born to her parents as the only daughter in a family of two children. She has one sibling, a brother named Sir Brian Souter, who she partnered with, and Robin to establish the Stagecoach Group in 1980.
Ann Gloag Education
Gloag attended Caledonian Road Primary School, before joining Perth High School.
Ann Gloag Spouse
Gloag was married to Robin Gloag, with who she had a son but later divorced. He died in a car crash on December 6, 2007. She then married David McCleary, a widower and a successful owner of many businesses in 1990. He was previously an organist and minister at the local Church of the Nazarene.
Ann Gloag Children
Gloag had one child from her marriage to Robin, a son named Jonathan Gloag. He hanged himself at the age of 28, in Deuchny Wood in 1999.
Ann Gloag Measurements
Gloag has a beautiful, and physically fit body with a height of 5 ft 4 in (1.65 m) and an undisclosed weight.
Ann Gloag Net Worth
Scottish businesswoman, activist, and charity campaigner Gloag is among the richest women in Scotland. She has garnered an estimated net worth of approximately £730 million together with her brother as of 2023.