Growing up in the countryside in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, seeded my lifelong passion for botanic wisdom, healing and nature.
What followed was an international career that traversed the arts, media, corporate sector and conservation. But where ever possible I tried to bring my love of nature into my working world.
Career highlights include:
- Running a cultural communications agency in London. We specialised in arts promotion. We ran the communications for a range of major cultural events across the UK. We worked with most of the major cultural institutions in the UK including the Southbank Centre, Barbican, British Museum, English National Opera; as well as for individual artists including Compay Segundo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Michael Nyman.
- Contracted to manage communications for the Arts Council England Decibel programme to raise cultural diversity in the arts in England.
- In 2005 I was on the advisory panel to the BBC, British Museum, Southbank Centre for the Africa 2005 event lead by Prof Gus Casely Hayford.
- From 2003 – 2013 After initially working on communications for the prize, I then participated for a number of years as a judge for the prestigious St Andrews Prize for the Environment.
- Working as Corporate Engagement Manager and acting chief executive of the Kew Foundation for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. These gardens aren’t just a beautiful place to visit, they are a treasure trove of over 350 years of plant data and history, a research and conservation facility and a great communicator for our natural world.
- In 2008 I was invited to take on the role of communications manager for the influential TEEB study into The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (basically making an economic case for the conservation of nature). This role was with the United Nations Environment Programme, located in Bonn, Germany.
- On my return to NZ in 2011 I continued to work for the UN for another 12 months, did some consultancy work for the Sustainable Business Council and Climate Change work in Ethiopia for the German Government.
Meanwhile over the years I have kept my private passions fuelled by taking studies in environmental science, massage therapy, herbalism, aromatherapy, reiki and naturopathy.