Annette, originally from East Lothian, has had a highly distinguished career in public service as well as extensive experience and expertise in education.
She originally trained and worked as a geography teacher, and later moved into learning support and special educational needs. She joined HM Inspectorate of Education in 2001 and was one of six chief inspectors of education. In 2009, she took up the role of director of Education, Culture and Sport at Aberdeen City Council, where she worked until joining the Care Inspectorate in 2012.
As chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, Annette oversaw the successful merger of three organisations into a single body. As a former teacher and someone who has dedicated most of her career to education at all levels, she has great empathy for the needs of students and staff, and the importance of ensuring they are all supported to succeed throughout their education and professional lives.
Annette took up post as principal and chief executive of Edinburgh College in May 2015.