My story starts on a farm in Southland, where I was more often found outdoors than in. My love of the outdoors continued and as an engineering student I learnt to kayak and any free time was spent exploring the wilder parts of New Zealand. It seemed only natural that my OE took me to the Western US, kayaking, skiing, biking and horseriding, much of it with a Southern Colorado kayaking cowboy. He introduced me to John Milton from The Way of Nature and before returning to New Zealand in late 1996, I joined John on one of his nature retreats, which included 7 days camping on my own at the base of the Colorado mountains.
I gained a lot more from this experience than I expected. The ponderosa pine literally held me as I cried and the termites entertained me. I can still see the look of pure love from the deer that graced my site, and I learnt more about the flow of life from that small creek than I had kayaking any river.
I also really got how one way my love affair with Nature was – Nature gave, and I took.
John also introduced me to the work of Paul Hawken who had just written The Ecology of Commerce. I could now see how business can be a vehicle for positive change and that this was my path.
Fast forward over 20 years, I’ve co-founded and exited a technology business and I’ve been involved in several other tech-related start-ups, both here and in America.
In 2014 I founded Love and Care Ltd, to apply my skills in technology and business with my love of the environment. I’m also currently the part-time Strategic Advisor for TrustaBit, a California based company developing a flight disruption management solution, harnessing the power of blockchain and smart contracts to improve the customer experience; part-time Business Advisor to The Formary, focusing on their Used to Usable textile reuse programme.
I was recently a Fellow with Cohort 4 of the Edmund Hilary Foundation – you can read more about my story here.