“Being a part of Burwood Academy offers me a team filled with a diverse, insightful, dedicated and caring people. Pretty thrilled about that.

Anna Chirnside

Office Manager

Anna’s career path began with a fusion of youth work and administration, then took an unexpected turn into funding and project management. After spending a number of years working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch and a few other NGOs, Anna had developed a passion to see organisations run with slick systems and effective communications channels.

Being Office Manager for the BAT team means providing executive support to the Academy Director and Board, managing the funding and finances and providing administrative support to the rest of the team. She basically runs the operational side of things and is a constant presence in the office amidst all the comings and goings. 

Besides making a spreadsheet hum, Anna is most happy when getting together with friends for exercise and shared meals. Her weekends are about late brunches, church and trying out new curry recipes.


Anna has a Bachelor of Theology and Certificate in Small Business and Project Management. She has also studied NFP Administration and Management.