Professionally trained as a youth and community development worker, Annie's worked for three decades across the full spectrum from grassroots through to the strategic level in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Starting out running a youth centre, Annie registered it as a charity and then built up a committee of trustees, including embedding youth voice into their governance. Taking a sideways move into community development, she joined a rural community development agency, initially as the Village Halls Advisor. In this role, she upskilled and built the capacity of the Village Hall Management Committees. Since 2016, Annie has been an active supporter for Mums in Need, an ambitious small charity, fighting coercive control, advising on many strategic and operational aspects of developing a charitable organisation.
Previously, she also spent five years as the volunteer co-ordinator at a visitor attraction in the heritage sector, designing and implementing a volunteer management programme, growing the team to 350+ volunteers undertaking c20 diverse roles and playing a pivotal role in helping navigate a multi-million Heritage Lottery-funded development project.
At the grassroots level, Annie embraces a participatory approach, understanding that starting with where people are at is key for building their trust, ownership and credibility. She's worked on community assessments and follow-up action planning, participatory consultations and service user engagement. She's been the partnership lead for two unitary authorities, leveraging the synergy of multi-stakeholder, cross-sector partnerships to drive lasting positive impact.
In 2017, she set up her own consultancy to empower other change makers to amplify their impact through sharing her expertise. She remains true to her guiding North Star of authentically including (where possible) the voice of those that are more marginalised and whom agencies often wish to help.