My unique fusion of four quite different aspects to my experience (Army leader, academic, business focused Mum) and expertise allows me to add considerable value and have a wide impact. This is my story and journey.
Leader in the NZ Army
The first ten years of my career were as a leader in the NZ Army. I served on numerous overseas deployments, including Afghanistan, Antarctica, UK, Australia and many nations in the Pacific. As well as serving in the Army, I subsequently researched about, and then advised to, the NZ Army (view more info here) During 2021 and 2022, I was part of a small, volunteer team that supported the evacuation of 563 NZDF allies from Afghanistan to New Zealand (view more info here)
Two Afghan girls we evacuated to NZ
Our volunteer team: Martin Dransfield, Ellen Nelson,
Following my MBA (exec) in 2013, I completed a PhD in 2019, focused on the leadership experiences and wellbeing of women in the workforce. Read PhD thesis here. Or Watch video summary of PhD here . I then used these findings to help the NZ Army reduce the barriers facing women, and this advisory work was featured in numerous media stories here . A reference from the Chief of the NZ Army can be viewed here. My post-doctoral research involved informal conversations with more than 500 working parents and the disappointing findings regarding their challenging experiences led me to start the #workschoolhours movement to make socially and commercially smart improvements to the working world. Summary video here . I spoke about #workschoolhours at TEDx Auckland in 2022 (video is due out later in 2022) and have written about this in multiple publications here. During 2022 and 2023, I am involved in the Food & Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence Leadership Development project alongside Rural Leaders. The report for the first stage of this project can be viewed here.