Chief Executive Officer of Aquarius, a charity providing alcohol, drug and gambling services. With a professional background in social work, Annette has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors and developed expertise in child protection, mental health, learning disabilities and community development.

Her interest in developing social work practice lead to her teaching at Birmingham University, Social Work Department with a focus on social work and poverty, social work practice, theory and methods. Whilst at Aquarius Annette has maintained her commitment to improving practice by supporting and encouraging research and evaluation across the organisation on topics such as alcohol and families, kinship carers, older people and alcohol, BME communities and alcohol and ensuring the use of evidence based practice.