I originally trained as an Occupational Therapist, but my love of learning led me to graduate with a Master of Business Studies while juggling motherhood and running my husband’s surgical practice. Following the accidental death of my husband and two eldest boys whilst on the way home from work in 2002; and, the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, which impacted most of my immediate family; my experiences compelled me to continue my studies with a Graduate Certificate followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management.
I have authored three books and been involved in both the public and private sectors including management roles in health, banking, insurance, and youth justice. I also undertake a number of voluntary roles including working with young people in the Seasons for Growth programme, for those who have experienced loss, grief or change.
In 2017 I was approached to undertake the role of the Occupational Therapy New Zealand representative on the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) Governance Group. I have a special interest in building resilient teams by enhancing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and therefore productivity. I work with businesses to achieve this at a strategic level and with individuals if issues present. I am passionate about ensuring that people understand the risk of not looking after their mental health and wellbeing. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones.