Anna Hughes grew up in North Wales but has lived in Somerset for thirty years. She has a degree in Geography and Anthropology and worked in publishing at Oxford University Press for a number of years. Since 1990 she has been closely involved in growth and development of Philip Hughes Associates LLP, an Historic Buildings Conservation Consultancy, which works all over the south-west. During 2012-2014 she undertook a part-time MSc in Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at Bath University. She is married with three grown-up children.