I’m a highly trained and skilled psychologist with over 25 years experience in research, training, clinical practice, and policy development and advice.
Most recently, I have taken a pivot in my life, spending more time as a lead parent, and feeding my passion for photography and trying to develop my video skills to try to capture the beauty of lifer all around me, but also to try to pass on some of what I have found out about photography, psychology and life to try to make the world a better place, m in my own small way.
I’ve been a psychologist since graduating with my degree from the University of Hull in the UK in 1991. I went straight on to do my PhD at the University of Cardiff, completing this in 1995. After working in academia for a few years at the University of Humberside, the University of Bath and then the University of Bristol I went on to do my Clinical Psychology Doctorate at University College London, graduating in 2003.
After spending a couple of very rewarding years as a primary care Clinical Child Psychologist in London, I moved to New Zealand in 2005.
In New Zealand I have worked in the following contexts:
In New Plymouth as a health and clinical psychologist based in the Physiotherapy Department of Taranaki District Health Board.
I then moved to work in the NZ Civil Service in mental health, emergency management, youth development and suicide prevention between 2006-2009. I combined this with a part-time primary care clinical role at Newtown Union Health Centre in Wellington.
Between 2009-2011, I returned to the UK to the up the place I competed for on the Faststream Management Programme in the Civil Service there. As well as being the lead writer for the UK Pandemic Preparedness Strategy, I was also the Swine Flu Vaccine Policy Coordinator at the peak of the Swine Flu (H1N1 influenza) epidemic.
I also worked as a Private Secretary for the Minister of State for Health in the UK Government in 2010.
After the Canterbury earthquake sequence began in 2010, I returned to New Zealand to assist with the response and recovery to this series of events. I was Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health at Massey University’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research (in conjunction with GNS Science) from 2011-2018.
I have advised a number of agencies during the past few years, including CERA, EQC, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Social Development, as well as being on the Advisory Group to the Canterbury-based All Right? Campaign.
Recently, I’ve become much more interested in public mental health, but also how people can try to think in more entrepreneurial ways to develop ideas to tackle some of the greatest problems that our societies face. I’m also seeking to practice what I preach in terms of active citizenship.
More about me
I am a Registered Psychologist in New Zealand and hold a Clinical Scope Of Practice
I am a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and member of the Divisions of Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, and the Special Group in Coaching Psychology
I work in a trans-disciplinary way, but I’m most familiar with solution-focused coaching approaches, narrative therapy, ACT, CBT, CAT, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. However, I’m not currently taking any new therapy clients
I have done extensive media work in NZ e.g. The Press, Stuff, The Dominion Post, the NZ Herald, as well as international media, such as interviews for BBC World News
I am a certified fitness instructor
I have run 8x International marathons and 2x ultra-marathons (UK and NZ), and many many half-marathons and other distances - all since turning 40.