I moved from the United Kingdom to New Zealand in 2006 with my parents and 3 siblings. We were in search of a better life and the opportunities available here were attractive to us all. After a month touring the North Island in a campervan, we settled in Hamilton and apart from time spent in Canada, I have lived here ever since.
I love learning and have spent a decade at the University of Waikato. I am in the final stages of my PhD, which specifically focuses on the experiences of 21st Century New Zealand women and their differences, as they navigate instances of privilege and oppression. My other qualifications include a Bachelor of Communication Studies; Master of Management Studies; Graduate Diploma in Social Policy, and Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning.
Aside from study, I have held several teaching positions and taught on subjects such as communication, social change, and women and management. I have also been responsible for the development of teaching resources that have been adopted across the university, as well as learning modules aimed at an international audience. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am an appointed Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant, I am involved in several community groups, and I enjoy playing netball.
I am passionate about championing women and excited to put my skills and knowledge to use in this space to encourage, support, and celebrate women and girls getting active their way, as part of Sport Waikato’s women and girls initiative, This is ME.