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 Victoria.
She served as a trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts from 1998 to 2014, with the last five years as Chairman. The John T Reid Charitable Trusts distribute funds throughout Australia and pay particular attention to contributing to rural and regional communities. Through this involvement Annie developed a commitment to assisting in building resilience in rural communities, in natural disaster recovery and sustainability.
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. During this time the services of Taralye were expanded to enable services throughout Victoria for children with impaired hearing. Annie is still involved with Taralye as a board member of the Taralye Foundation and in 2014 was appointed a life member of the Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing.
In 2011 Annie was appointed to the board of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. Members of the AEGN provide impressive and important support for all aspects of the environment in Australia – much of this enables rural communities to develop strategies for resilience in the face of climate change.
Annie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature from Deakin University. Annie is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.