I am from a small market town in the Wye Valley of the Welsh Borders. Since 2018, I embraced my inner hermit moving regularly between Wales and London before bigger adventures to Aotearoa, Australia and Scotland. Reconciling my love for both the natural and built environment made the decision to return to Aotearoa an easy one.
New to Tauranga, I am enjoying all that life in the Bay has to offer taking time for tramping, exploring and tiki-touring. After a number of rugby injuries I hung up the boots and made the transition to field hockey and haven’t looked back since. I am an enthusiastic musician and enjoy playing anything with strings or composing on various software programmes. I am also partial to a good cup of tea, a book or a film.
I gained a Master of Science in Spatial Planning with Sustainable Urban Design from the University of Dundee, Scotland. In a desperate attempt to avoid being pigeonholed, I undertook the most diverse range of planning work. I am a keen urbanist and placemaker, interested in promoting liveable urban environments, complimentary mixed-uses and active travel. I have a passion for renewables and sustainable technologies, as a previous renewable energy development manager I am always interested in the next big idea.