I am the Senior Campaigner and in-house counsel at WWF-New Zealand. Climate change is the greatest challenge that our society faces.
From 2014-2016, I worked as a freelance contractor for the Climate Action Network (CAN-International) and other international NGOs and NGO coalitions around the UN climate talks. In 2015, I established a CAN node for Aotearoa – the the New Zealand Climate Action Network (New Zealand CAN).
My first experience of the climate negotiations was in Durban in 2011, which is where the negotiations towards the Paris Agreement were kicked off. Most recently, I represented the environmental NGOs in the New Zealand CAN on our government’s delegation to COP24 in Katowice.
I am a lawyer with experience in civil litigation, climate law, and criminal law. Admitted to the bar in March 2010, I have eight years post qualification experience. I was a staff solicitor at the Auckland Community Law Centre from 2013-2015 and previously worked as a litigator at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Judges’ Clerk at the Auckland High Court. As a student, I summer-clerked at Chapman Tripp.
In addition, I:
- co-founded a number of charities and social enterprises, including P3 Foundation and the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA).
- am the Deputy Chair of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand
- previously chaired the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education Limited
- am on the management committee of the Human Rights Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand and the steering committee of the New Zealand Youth Delegation.
I have a Masters of Laws with First Class Honours in environmental and human rights law.
Outside of my work, I am a keen road cyclist and a hiker, having completed the Oxfam Trailwalker ten times.