Ansell has the following qualifications:
- MB ChB 1974 Otago
- M 1980 F 1992 RCOG
- M 1982 F 1983 RANZCOG
As at 11 November, 2009, Ansell was a Certifying Consultant in Papatoetoe, Auckland. Certifying consultants have the job of approving or disapproving a mother being permitted to have her pre-born child killed by abortion.