Annelise Thornton

Annelise Thornton

Global Director, People & Culture, and Governance

Annelise joined VisionFund International in May 2020. She is a global People & Culture leader across multiple sectors, and has a strong mix of strategic and operational human resource experience.

Annelise is passionate about international development and felt led by God to serve at VisionFund. In her own words, “Empowering people to live ‘life in all its fullness’ is a compelling vision, and one that resonates with me on a personal level. I continue to be mindful of the privilege we have to work in this ministry. It is a blessing.”  

Annelise has previously worked with Dell Computer BV, Three, Juniper Networks, Granite Services and FieldCore, part of the GE conglomerate. She has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from UNISA, and a post graduate diploma in Business Administration from the Open University.

Born in Zimbabwe, educated in Africa and Asia, she currently lives in the UK with her husband Paul and their three sons Michael, Andrew and Marcus. They have a busy, active and full home life with the benefit of a wonderful support system including her parents who live with them. She is also a Council Member of Trinity Church.