Annette joined the First Foundation team as CEO in May 2015.
She has spent over 20 years in the not for profit sector including various roles with The Sir Peter Blake Trust, World Vision of New Zealand and has been a First Foundation mentor since 2008.
Annette spent 14 years as General Manager of the National Young Leaders Days (NYLD), which she founded in New Zealand in 2001. NYLD was set up to inspire and influence a generation of young people to recognise their leadership potential in their own lives and through influencing others. NYLD is responsible for the largest leadership event in New Zealand, with more than 120,000 students and adults attending since inception. More than 700 New Zealand schools take part and NYLD continues to receive endorsements from business and community leaders.
Annette was recognised for her work with the National Young Leaders Day when she was awarded an Emerging Leader Award through The Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2007. In 2013 Annette was a finalist in Community Service and Social Enterprise category for the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.
"I'm absolutely delighted to head up a team that educate and empower our young people. I'm passionate about creating opportunities that change lives and am excited to embrace this new challenge".
Annette is married to Epati. They have two young children and live in Auckland.