Today we say a fond au revoir to Annie Green (née Jones OW 2009) as she leaves her post as Head of Development at Wells for a promotion to Development Manager at OpenUp Music, a Bristol-based charity that empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras.
Annie leaves behind an impressive track record at Wells. She returned to the school in 2010 to work in the Concerts Department and then moved to the Foundation as Campaign Fundraiser one year later, before being promoted to Development Associate and then Head of the department in September 2015. She has led work on Cedars Hall fundraising and most recently devised and launched the innovative Give a Gifted Child a Chance campaign for bursaries. She spoke movingly at the launch event about how an anonymous donor came to her rescue at Wells to fund a bursary place for her for sixth form.
Annie is also a notable musician. She was a chorister and recalls growing up singing round the piano at home with her dad Andy Jones (OW 1972). She was a member of Wells' chapel and chamber choirs and gained a distinction in the ABRSM Singing Diploma. She was a member of The Wellensian Consort which was crowned Choir of the Year in 2010. Annie is also a noted big band soloist and singer/songwriter and in the same year released her debut album Fabulous Reject.
The Wellensian records that Annie once “stood in at the last minute to save the day” for Haversham House in the Bigney Cup, and her willingness to jump in has been a key to her success. We wish her well for the future.