Bio

nr-at-vuw-02-bnwI’m an experienced leader, manager, and researcher in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

My principle qualifications are the PhD in international law that I’m currently completing, plus degrees in Law and Environmental Science. I am admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Currently at the Faculty of Law at the Victoria University of Wellington, I have previously worked for independent barristers, central and local government, and the non-governmental sector.

I was originally educated and trained as an ecologist in New South Wales, then soon moved into climate change mitigation projects in local government in Queensland. In 2004, I began training local and regional councils in New Zealand on how to conduct emissions inventories and devise climate change mitigation plans. That led to becoming the manager of the New Zealand Government’s programme to promote solar water heating, and then its the large-scale renewable electricity programme.

Combining environmental science, policy and law, my research focus at VUW is on international law and domestic policy issues surrounding the relocation of low-lying countries that are existentially challenged by climate change.

My lecturing has been on climate change science, policy, and case law,  as well as the implications of climate change for international peace and security.

I still have a deep passion for successful leadership of teams and the individuals within them.

In addition to my principal qualifications, I’ve undertaken numerous training programmes on leadership and management, plus “train the trainer” courses. I also have a Diploma in Photography.