Annie was born near Wincanton in Somerset and grew up in a farming community. She attended St Anthony’s Leweston and then decided to train as a psychiatric nurse. She married and moved to Bedfordshire followed quickly by a chance to start a business which meant moving to Somercotes in 1973. She co-founded the NIM Group in 1974 which grew into one of the leading UK hire and manufacturers of winching and lifting gear. The group was sold in 1994 and since then Annie has been Chairman of Pickup Holdings Limited. Their business interests include a marina and plastic coatings business which is now run by her children, David and Joanna. She has also been involved in various other industries over the years including the manufacture of luxury narrow boats and industry access equipment.
Annie was the first women to become President of the Derby and District Chamber of Commerce in its 129 year history. She was a founder Director of Derbyshire Training and Enterprise Council and then Business Link. She was Vice Chair of Derbyshire Mental Health Trust for 10 years and more recently Chair of Umbrella, a local charity which for over 30 years has been helping families who have disabled or learning disabled children.
Annie is a Trustee of Foundation Derbyshire, part of the Community Foundation network which receives endowments and distributes grants to local organisations.
Annie is a member of the Barnardos Help Group in Derby, a member of the Court of the University of Derby and Vice Chairman of Matlock Luncheon Club.
Annie lives in Ashford in the Water and is married to Michael. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Annie’s themes for her year are mental illness and learning disability.