The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
– Bertrand Russell
Since completing a Masters of Business Administration at Victoria University of Wellington I have used by free time to run a number of charities and community organisations while also working full-time.
I’m most proud of the lasting impact my MBA research is having on supporting Māori to maintain their legal connection to the whenua across generations.
As well as an MBA I have a Bachelor’s of Education and a Bachelor’s of English Literature. I’m Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, as well as an accomplished public speaker. In 2014, I won a debate at the Cambridge Union; and in 2013 I was a panellist alongside Richard Dawkins, Richard Fortey, and Richard Wiseman speaking on the importance of science in public life. I’ve run and chaired numerous conferences and events, including international philosophy festivals, and delivered training courses and workshops on diverse topics.
My governance roles include as the treasurer of Humanists NZ, a not-for-profit charity organisation that campaigns for human rights internationally; and board member positions on Wellington Women’s House, a charity proving housing and support for women moving from homelessness; and the Guild of Agriculture Journalists and Communicators, a professional members’ association for those working with a focus on agriculture. I currently sit on the Community Governance Steering Group.
Full disclosure: I built this website to practice editing CSS.