Local body experience
Before being elected as a Councillor in October 2022, I had worked for both the Waikato District Council and the Hamilton City Council as a communications and engagement professional. This has given me good insight and understanding of Council business and processes from the 'inside'. At the Waikato District Council I was responsible for working with the Community Growth division, which includes District and Corporate Planning, Economic Development and Community Development.
Governance and advocacy
I have nine years’ experience in District Health Board governance, and more than 10 years in health advocacy. I served on the Waikato DHB for six years, chairing its Disability Support Committee, and previously served on the Auckland District Health Board during the construction of Auckland City Hospital. I am a former President, now a Life Member, of national patient organisation Diabetes Youth NZ. I have sat on Government and DHB advisory groups on diabetes and have prepared and led submissions on Government health legislation.
I have committed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to community programmes, developing and running youth camping programmes for Diabetes Youth NZ, running school sports programmes and serving my St Stephens Tamahere (Anglican) church community in a variety of ways. I was a member of the Matangi Community Committee for three years before being elected to the Council.
I am an award-winning communications specialist with a 30+ year career in marketing and communications, and business journalism, in New Zealand and the UK. As a director of Bridger Beavis & Associates Ltd I have consulted for organisations operating across a range of technical and industrial sectors including educational and research organisations, health, utilities and financial services. I moved into marketing and public relations consulting after working as a business journalist for the NZ Herald and National Business Review.
PGDip Mgmt (Distinction), University of Waikato 2016
MA (Hons), University of Auckland 1985
APR, Public Relations Institute of NZ, 1994.