I am currently working for the NZ Defence Force as an environmental advisor based in Wellington. The focus of my role at present is to prepare environmental plans to manage and safeguard natural resources on the NZDF estate. Past work has been for local and central government, as well as working as an environmental consultant with a focus on biodiversity protection and restoration.
Ecology has been my passion for over 30 years, and I have been able to build up extensive experience in this field. More recently I have begun to develop my knowledge in rural land management with a focus on sustainable land and water management.
When I have time I enjoy getting into the outdoors to experience the wonderful backcountry and alpine areas we have access to in NZ, and volunteer my time to encourage others to do likewise.
I joined EIANZ over a year ago, and soon after sought and gained certification as an environmental practitioner with an ecology endorsement. I am very keen to promote the EIANZ in New Zealand, and to encourage environmental professionals to seek practitioner certification. I see this as improving government, industry and community confidence in the work of environmental professionals, and to uphold standards and ethics within the profession.
I am looking forward to assisting the NZ chapter of the EIANZ by taking up the role of secretary.