Annette Blackburn

Annette Blackburn

Community Support Team, HCL
LACA Live: Fruit Carving

Annette Blackburn is part of the Community Support Team within HCL. After leaving school she began a career in Optics, as a Trainee Optical Dispenser. Over the following 12 years she progressed to becoming the Manager of an Independent Opticians. Following a career change to find a better work life balance she joined HCL in 2017 as a Mobile General Catering Assistant working with Kirsty Yearsley as her Contract Manager covering the  Stevenage/Welwyn area offering support to cooks if they had a vacancy or absence. Whilst thoroughly enjoying her role, she wanted to be challenged further and was promoted to a Mobile Assistant Cook Manager and then onto Mobile Cook Manager. Annette loves travelling around sites, supporting where needed and building strong relationships with staff and schools.

Having been asked to take on more responsibility, she started working on the workshops and assemblies and found she had a real passion for providing pupils with food education.  2019 saw Annette promoted to Contract Supervisor and when a vacancy for the Community Support Team arose she knew this was the area she wanted passionately to be involved with. Since joining the team, Annette has developed cookery lessons involving parents and children, pupil power bikes, Healthy Eating workshops and assemblies.