June 2013 – Current
AUT University – Executive Director AUT South Campus
Responsible for the strategic, operational and academic management, growth and success of AUT University’s South campus.
May 2012 – May 2013
AUT Millennium – Investor Relations
Managing relationships of high net worth partners, investors and philanthropists
Dec 2011 – May 2012
Parliamentary Services – Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition
Managing leadership transition phase after 2011 election.
2008 – 2011
Member of Parliament
Labour list – based in Napier: Revenue & Forestry portfolios
During the last term, I gave more speeches in parliament than any other Labour MP, I wiped nearly 6,000 votes from Chris Tremain’s majority, a popular National incumbent, in the 2011 election (the highest swing against a sitting Nat MP in the country) and I wrote substantive policy and discussion docs on forestry and tax.
2006 – 2008
AUT University – Director of Strategic Development
Writing business cases and case studies for the Vice Chancellor
This included the business case of the acquisition and development of AUT’s South campus as well as the business case for the joint venture between AUT and Millennium Institute of Sport and Health (now AUT Millennium)
1999 – 2006
Chemiplas NZ Ltd – Business Unit Manager and General Manager – Marketing
International business & trading in Middle East, Asia, US, Europe, Australasia
$50m revenue budget responsibility. International and domestic monthly negotiations for high volume low margin petrochemical derivative products.
1997 – 1999
Carter Holt Harvey – Forest Division
Sales & Marketing / Project Secondment
Responsible for domestic log sales into sawmills in the upper North Island
1995 – 1997
Fletcher Challenge Forests
Key Business User – Projects / Resource Planning