CV: Principal strategic advisor



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 Date Submitted:12-05-2019
 Last Modified:12-05-2019 (08:49)
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 Current job:Principal strategic advisor
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Keywordspolicy, strategy, sustainability, sustainable development, moon, asteroid, mining, resources, future

Summary: I am a principal strategy and policy advisor with experience in strategy and policy development and leadership, space science (Moon and asteroids), resource/mining geology, sustainable development, business development, research and data analyses. I have a collaborative, forward thinking and innovative mind-set and enjoy taking different approaches to problem solving and identifying new and emerging opportunities. I am looking for opportunities to combine and apply my experience to the development of policies and operations for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

Key skills: Innovation and ideas development; political briefings and strategic advice; strategy and policy development; implementation and monitoring; cross-sectoral stakeholder and partnership engagement and collaboration; research and data analyses; programme and project management.

Professional experience:

Nov 2018 – current: Principal Strategic Advisor - Strategic Advice Unit: Auckland Council, New Zealand.

Auckland Council is Australasia’s largest regional authority. I provide strategic advice with a focus on the long-term future, identifying global, national and local trends relevant to Auckland region. This includes identifying opportunities and challenges for delivering the regional long-term vision and outcomes through the Auckland Plan 2050. Focus areas include circular economy (sustainable development), futures thinking and transport and access.

Jan 2018 – Nov 2018: Senior Strategy Analyst – Natural Environment Strategy: Auckland Council, New Zealand

Auckland Council is Australasia’s largest regional authority. I provided strategic analyses and advice on key regional programmes including a policy approach to sediment loss and contamination, selection of long-term transport networks, structure planning and the coordination of council’s response to emerging Government policy in relation to environmental outcomes.

Nov 2015 – Jan 2018: Intelligence and Commissioning Manager – Sustainable Business and Policy Kent County Council, UK

Co-led on the development of a regional sustainable development strategy, its implementation plan and the underpinning evidence base. Development took a strongly collaborative approach leading to successful adoption by Kent County Council, all district level authorities and partners across public, business and voluntary sectors. As part of implementation I managed a strategic research and data programme, collaborating with regional and EU partners to identify and address emerging risks and opportunities including EU projects on circular economy, energy and business innovation.

Feb – Nov 2015 : Business Research and Projects Coordinator – Sustainable Business and Policy Kent County Council, UK        

Co-management of a sustainable business team supporting the growth of the low carbon and sustainability sector in Kent. This involved collaborating with regional and EU partners including coordination of EU projects related to the transition to a low carbon and circular economy.

Dec 2012 – Feb 2015: Researcher and Data Analyst – Sustainable Business and Policy: Kent County Council, UK

As part of an EU project to support growth of the low carbon and sustainability sector, I led on future scoping activity identifying short and long-term risks and opportunities from: a circular economy, renewable energy, resource efficiency, water scarcity, climate change adaptation, waste prevention and unconventional gas (fracking).

Jan 2008 – Dec 2012: Resource Geologist – mining: AMEC Environment and Infrastructure/Mining Group UK

Consultant role with a focus on technical data analyses and reporting for resource estimates of international mining projects across a range of metals (REEs, base metals). Wider roles included project geologist for identifying sources of construction materials (aggregates and concrete) for two UK power station builds, policy research for implementation of the EU Mine Waste Directive, seismic assessments, environmental impact assessments, and Office Environmental Manager for ISO 14001 accreditation. I also co-presented a regularly held mining master class for a wide range of international mining stakeholders covering the mining cycle.

2002-2007: See qualifications

Aug 2001 – Aug 2002: Assistant Geologist (geotechnical): John Mowlem’s Environmental Services Group Ltd, UK

Responsible for onsite geotechnical and environmental ground investigations to UK standard BS5930 for a range of construction projects.


2003-2007PhD Isotope Geochemistry and Meteoritics: Open University, UK, Planetary and Space Science Research Institute (PSSRI)

The focus of this work was on investigating environmental conditions during the formation of our solar system through isotopic analysis of water bearing meteorites originating from the asteroid belt. The work involved management of a complex project undertaking technical analyses and research, reporting and communication of results at varying stakeholder levels both nationally and internationally.

2002-2003MSc Earth and Environmental Sciences: University of Manchester, UK

The focus of this work was isotopically age dating lunar rocks sourced as meteorites and included taught modules in planetary science and project management.

1997-2001: BSc (Hon) Geological Science and Astronomy: University of Glamorgan, UK.

Dissertation included a review of the historical development of formation theories for the Moon.

Training and Personal Development:

March 2019: How to think about the future – an introduction to concepts and tools: StratEDGY Strategic Foresight, March 2019

July 2018: He Papa Tikanga: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (completed July 2018) – an introduction to Māori custom and culture


Hiking, astronomy, geology, future studies, history, writing and science fiction

References: avaliable on request


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