Born in the North of England, UK, I came to live in New Zealand in 2002 following years of study in Southern Africa. I have two children, Thomas (11) and Molly (9) and we live in rural Pukekohe where I own and operate the family’s commercial fig orchard, alongside several other passions and ventures.
I am trained and experienced social researcher and social impact (SIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) professional. Since founding Co-Creationz Ltd in 2014, I have worked with a number of community groups, Mana Whenua across Tāmaki-makau-rau, several Māori and Pacific Trusts, NGOs, and local and central government agencies providing research and evaluation, as well as policy and strategic consultancy support across a range of issues, including:
- Community-led and youth development
- Social infrastructure, housing and employment
- Social enterprise and cooperative development
- Sustainable development and local economic development and systems-based wellbeing modelling.
I sit on the board of the New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment (NZAIA). I am the social impact and business disruption specialist on City Rail Link Ltd.’s peer review panel. I work part-time as the Director of Research and Evaluation with the Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ), and I am currently the Chair of our Cooperative Enterprise – Cooperapig.
Over the past five years, my work has led to the formation of Tika Impact Ltd – a business partnership to lead out a new wave of systems-based impact assessment. This work is providing a systems and strengths-based impact modelling that has the power to revolutionise the way organisations think about why they do what they do and how, as well as act and intervene to make a positive difference in the world.
The ability to answer ‘so what’ – what are the perceived and actual consequences of the decisions we make and the actions we take on people’s lives and the planet – is powerful. It is also necessary.
Being accountable and transparent about our impact on the world is fundamental not just to our social license to operate and our avoidance of harm, but to the creation of opportunities and benefits that regenerate societal and environmental wellbeing and make a positive contribution to the interconnectedness of things.
I care deeply about the legacy we are all now imprinting upon the future, for our children and their existence on this world we are impacting and shaping. We are mindful and conscious about the past, present and future, and enabling others to do the best that they can, across all areas of life, with enhanced knowledge and self-determinism.