For almost three decades I have been working on “water” issues; fresh water research, land and water resource management and environmental policy in NZ. I also did a short working stint in the USA and UK. During those years I have worked in the rural sector, forestry, academia, private consultancy; as well as for Local and Central Government.
Roles have included:
Senior Policy Analyst: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), 2008-2013
Senior advisor on the National Governments freshwater reform project, Fresh start for Freshwater:
Programme lead for its predecessor, New Start for Freshwater, including policy programme development. This work formed the policy basis for Fresh Start for Freshwater and the eventual establishment of the Land and Water Forum: www.landandwater.org.nz.
Leader for policy projects for water management reform; including an advisor on science needs to support reform with a focus on policy development for water quality limit setting.
Project team member for allocation and water quality management. This work included preparation of cabinet papers and recommendations to Ministers on work programmes (budget, resources and policy strategy).
OverseerTM: Governance representative and project manager for MPI (MAF). Lead a team around management of contract services from the lead provider AgResearch and relationship management with co-owners Fertilizer Association of New Zealand (FANZ). http://www.overseer.org.nz/
Community Irrigation Fund (CIF): Policy and criteria development for the CIF (Pre cursor to the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF)), including a review of scheme and Regional Council Water Strategy applications. Also appointed to the review panel for Water Strategy funding.
Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations 2010: Co-lead on policy development of regulations implementing the Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes 2010: http://www.mfe.Government.nz/publications/water/measuring-and-reporting-water-takes/
Water Research Strategy: Representative on the Steering Group for the first National Water Research Strategy.
Ministry of Science and Innovation – Appointed to the National Freshwater Advisory Panel.
International representation: Represented NZ on delegations with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and at the OECD Workshop on “Improving the information base to better guide water resource management decision making”, Zaragoza, Spain, 2010: www.oecd.org/water/workshop2010
Divisional Manager: Environmental Information – Environment Southland (ES), 2006-2008:
Leadership/Management of environmental monitoring staff (9) and scientists (4), and Environmental education staff (2), project management, report writing, expert evidence in hearings (Resource and Environment Court) consultancy contacts, staff performance review, financial management of ES Annual plan projects and objectives.
Divisional Manager: Resource Science - Otago Regional Council (ORC), 2003–2006:
Leadership/Management of environmental monitoring staff (4) and scientists (4), project management, report writing, expert evidence in hearings (Resource and Env Court), consultancy contacts, staff performance review, financial management of ORC Annual plan projects and objectives.
For a full list of peer reviewed publications, click here.