Annie is a Director with wide experience in the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors in Australia.
She served as a trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts from 1998 to 2014, with the last five years as Chairman. Through this involvement Annie developed a commitment to building resilience and sustainability in rural communities. During this time the Trusts formed a close partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal initiating funding for the CATCH program and enabling funding for natural disaster recovery.
Annie has also served on the board of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, with a particular interest in broadening philanthropic donations to help protect biodiversity through nature conservation and to enable rural communities to develop strategies for resilience in the face of climate change.
She has a great interest in promoting early years education and early intervention services, having served on the board of the Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing (Taralye) for more than ten years including time as Chairman. In 2014 Annie was appointed a life member of the Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing.
Annie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Annie’s family has a long association with rural living in Australia. She splits her time between Melbourne and her family farm on the Goulburn River flats at Thornton, near Alexandra in central Victoria.