Based in New Zealand, I’m lucky to live and work in an outstanding and varied natural environment and a dynamic cultural environment. Regular travel and wide reading keeps me open to exciting new ideas in business, science, governance and innovation.
My favourite reads include the Harvard Business Review, New Scientist, Private Eye, Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, The New Zealand Listener, and numerous books and blogs.
Solid academic training in the natural sciences saw me working for three years in universities in Australia and New Zealand after gaining my Masters degree. After a year in research at the University of New South Wales, I lectured for two years in the Geography and Environmental Science Department of the University of Auckland. More recently I ran a Master’s class in cleaner production, waste minimization and resource efficiency for business and a Master’s level class in Water and Society. I continue to give two 2-hour guest lectures every year to the Masters class in Urban Design at the University of Auckland School of Planning.
Twelve years experience in hands-on water and soil management for regional government and 20 years of consulting gave me in-depth experience with a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues that affect government and businesses.
My clients include:
- central, regional and local governments
- first peoples and community groups
- water supply, stormwater and sewerage utilities (I haven’t fallen in yet!)
At present I’m writing a series of books on business productivity and the environment while continuing my keynote speaking, environmental training, coaching and consulting.
I want to live in a healthy world where everyone has the chance to lead a life of choice and meaning.
This vision informed my book, “How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training programs”, published in the UK in 2013. It sets up a way to create jobs, grow skills, increase profits and improve the environment, all at the same time. It comes with over 30 free resources that have come out of my unique expertise developed over many years.
My hands on operational experience informs my sustainability strategies, making them simple, practical, effective, measurable – and fun!
I’ve also won speaking awards at two of New Zealand’s foremost technical conferences, including best presented paper at the Waste Management Institute Conference and at the Water and Wastes Association (now Water New Zealand) conference – this latter, for a presentation on environmental training, being the first time in it’s then 45-year history that the Association had ever given such an award for a non-technical paper.
My current challenge is finding enough time for family and friends and getting out there into the natural environment for restoration and inspiration….