Anne is Head of Research and Advocacy at The Smith Family, which supports disadvantaged children and young people to stay engaged in education, and is Australia’s largest non-government provider of educational support programs.

Anne has a background in education, research, social policy, service innovation and advocacy. She has many years’ experience working across the community and government sectors, including at national, state, regional and local levels.

 Anne has researched and written in a range of areas, including young people, children and families, mental health, unemployment, social capital and rural and regional communities.

She has contributed to the development of a range of initiatives aimed at addressing disadvantage including for young people and families, homeless people and for communities experiencing long term disadvantage.

 She’s been involved in a range of Australian Research Council research projects and other nationally significant research and innovative programs.