After I graduated from Waikato University with conjoint degrees in law and political science I worked in the government sector for a number of years. During this time, I completed my accreditation as a restorative justice facilitator and served as a public member on the NZ Media Council. I headed offshore to complete my masters in mediation and conflict resolution through Strathclyde University in the United Kingdom.
During my time on the master’s programme, I spent a summer school period at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and then travelled to Hong Kong to complete research for my master’s dissertation on the role of the Ombudsman.
My work background includes working on large scale projects and programmes within the public sector, along with 14 years working in the banking industry, with 10 of those years in the Agribusiness department of BNZ.