Anna-Louise Pickering began her career in theatre and television. At the age of eighteen she was a founder member of the Leigh Kingston theatrical production company working on several successful London productions.
She has also worked for the BBC and independent film companies. In 1988 she joined Pollyanna as her personal assistant, and in 1990 became a partner in the business, and subsequently a director of Pollyanna Pickering Ltd. In 2004 she was named ‘UK Personal Assistant of the Year’ and has since spoken about her work at international conferences in London and Dubai.
An award winning photographer, her work has been used by publications as diverse as Hello! Magazine and the South China Morning Post. She acted as official photographer to Pollyanna on her expeditions and her photographs have subsequently been reproduced in magazine articles, books as well as illustrating Pollyanna’s popular lectures.
She holds the post of Public Relations consultant to the Wildlife Art Society International, and was a member of the development board of new Derby Arts Centre QUAD.
Anna-Louise was honoured to be a finalist in the 1998 Women of achievement Awards when she was recognised for the photography and writing of the book ‘Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons’. Since then she has collaborated on six books with Pollyanna, winning critical acclaim for her writing.
She is a regular contributor to Bare Essentials - an Australain eco-travel magazine - as well as other publications. In 2006 she was honoured with the Department of Trade and Investment's Women in Business Achievement Award for her role in Pollyanna Pickering Ltd.
Anna-Louise has acted as regional spokesperson for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. She is Patron of North Derbyshire Animal Support and Parrotaid.
Anna-Louise is committed to continuing the work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation as President and co-founder.