Communications Manager

Voluntary Action Sheffield

Annalisa founded the not-for-profit Our Mel and created Sheffield’s first Black History Month Festival

Annalisa Toccara is an award-winning cultural producer, communications and marketing consultant in the voluntary and community sector, and journalist.

With an MA in International Public and Political Communication, Annalisa is an adoptee and adoptee advocate who co-founded Adoptee Futures, a mental health organisation centred on the lives and experiences of adopted people.

In 2016, Annalisa founded the not-for-profit Our Mel and created Sheffield’s first Black History Month Festival. Annalisa organises community events and festivals, empowering and inspiring people to make positive, sustainable change.

In 2018, Annalisa received a Women’s Centenary award and was named on the Northern Power Women 2019 Future List. In 2020, she received the ATHENA SCR International Young Professional Leadership Award and became a finalist in the Inspiring Women of Sheffield awards. In 2021, Annalisa was nominated for three Northern Power Women Awards.

Favourite campaign of 2021 and why?

Sure – #WatchMeMove. I loved how the campaign was created to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to challenge stereotypes around moving our bodies and preconceived notions around disability. It particularly resonated with me as someone who is plus size and can feel insecure when exercising outdoors.

Who is your communicator of the year?

Carrie Rose – Co-Founder and CEO at Rise at Seven

Person of the year?

Marcus Rashford.

Favourite comfort food?

Nachos and BBQ chicken wings

Film you have watched more
times than any other?


Song you can’t resist dancing to?

Rihanna – We Found Love

Event you are most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

I’ve booked a couple of cottage/ log cabin holidays over the next few months. Cannot wait for a well-deserved break in the hot tub and to work on writing my book in peace.