If people were like trees, and developed rings, my innermost ring would definitely be ‘reader', followed by ‘feminist', and ‘conversationalist'. I have always loved books, reading, writing, and talking; and in my 30s I've created for myself a work portfolio that I love and that plays to my strengths.
I value professionalism, courtesy, and honesty. I am always seeking to improve my skills and welcome constructive criticism. Because I have the luxury of working in fields that I find personally as well as professionally fascinating, I tend to come at projects full throttle. I bring to bear not just my practical and technical skills and strategic thinking, but also my ongoing, questioning engagement with the philosophy and ideology behind what I do.
I value education and constructive discussion. I love learning and strive to be open to new ideas, including challenges to ideas that are precious to me. I really enjoy the training work that I do, and greatly value my role as a tutor on the Whitireia publishing course.
I have been self-employed since 2012. This is a brief history of some of my jobs before that time, plus some of my major contracts since.
Human Rights Measurement Initiative
Communications Lead, 2017–2018
New Zealand Listener, New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz
Book reviewer, 2016–present
Sales, Marketing and Publicity Tutor, 2015–present
Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
Communications Lead, 2014–2017
Te Papa Press
Acting Sales & Marketing Manager then Publicist, 2013–2015
Features writer, 2012–present
Phantom House Books
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
Senior Policy Manager then Knowledge Programme Manager, 2008–2011 (UK)
Women’s Enterprise Task Force
Manager (on behalf of SEEDA), 2008–2009 (UK)
Intellectual Property Manager, 2006–2007 (UK)
Tutor Pool Database Manager, 2004–2005 (UK)
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
Library Assistant, Alexander Turnbull Library, 2003–2004
Diploma of Publishing (Applied)
Whitireia New Zealand, Wellington, 2012
BA (Hons) First Class, English & History
University of Otago Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, Dunedin, 1999–2002