Prior to joining The Sir Peter Blake Trust in October 2014 as Leadership Director, 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.
In 2015 she became CEO of the First Foundation, an educational trust providing talented young New Zealanders with financial support to participate in tertiary education.
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.