Annie’s initial training was in hospitality management after gaining a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Hospitality Management in 1989 she enjoyed many adventures around Australia gaining expertise in resorts, 5 star hotels and restaurants.
In 1992 Annie was offered the role of launching the now famous Sydney Seafood School at the Sydney Fish Market to the general public and creating a revenue producing entity; she successfully fulfilled that being instrumental in having placed the School and Sydney Fish Market as one of Sydney’s major food destinations. In 1996 the role of Marketing Manager was created for Annie to enable her to work with all segments of the industry. During this time she launched the inaugural Seafood Awards and instigated all night trading at the Market during Easter and Christmas.
Annie subsequently went on to establish her own food, wine & hospitality marketing communications consultancy in 1998 – 2005; her clients included – Tourism NSW (Food & Wine Specialist), Good Taste Magazine, Australian Dairy Corporation, Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association, Pastabilities and Gourmet Safaris along with many other artisan food producers.
In 2005 Annie was recognised for her outstanding services to food education and inducted into the Foodies Hall Of Fame by Fairfax’s (the) Sydney Magazine.
Also in 2005 Annie set up a boutique law firm with her solicitor partner (specialising in Strata, Property & Construction law), Annie undertook the role as Practice Manager whilst managing other interests and projects which included -
2006-2008 - Vietnam Tour Guide for Maeve O’Meara’s Gourmet Safaris
2010 – 2018 Annie undertook the restoration and redevelopment of one of Redfern’s landmark buildings, the former “Star Hotel” (now known as Star House) where she now lives and also manages commercial and residential spaces within the building.
Throughout her career Annie has been fortunate to have lived and worked in many Australian Destinations as well as in England and the Middle East. She has also been lucky enough to have travelled to 55 countries with her focus firmly on food, wine and hotels.
Annie lives in Sydney with Peter Murphy and their daughter Annabel.