PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES AND PROJECTS
As well as my academic research, I have been involved in the community and voluntary sector and undertaken work in policy and consulting. This page highlights a small selection of my professional experiences and some major projects I have been involved in.
Media Outreach on Philosophy and Politics
I have published widely in the mainstream media on issues as diverse as euthanasia, higher education, religion and morality, John Rawls' political philosophy, refugees, media ethics, and homelessness. I have also appeared on a national television programme (Television New Zealand, TV1) to discuss community, diversity, and multiculturalism.
St John Ambulance
I was involved with St John New Zealand in various volunteering capacities for over 11 years (including as a Cadet and Youth Leader, Ambulance Officer and Diversity/Inclusion Advisor.
From 2015 to 2018, I was the Divisional Manager of New Zealand's largest division. At the time, I was the youngest person appointed to the role. I was awarded the Minister of Health's Youth Volunteer of the Year (runner-up) Award for my work promoting diversity and inclusion while in this role.
Assisted in the creation of MAS Foundation
Working as a consultant for a boutique management consultancy firm contracted by MAS, I was instrumental in the set up of a new charitable trust with responsibility for allocating multi-million dollar grants to promote health equity.
State of Volunteering Report 2020 and 2022
The State of Volunteering report is a flagship publication in the voluntary and community sector, highlighting challenges and opportunities. I was the Principal Author and Project Director of the 2020 and 2022 editions.
New Zealand Search and Rescue
I am currently leading a strategic review of the use of volunteers within the search and rescue sector in New Zealand, building on the policy recommendations explored in an earlier report. Volunteerism poses practical and normative challenges, including issues of sustainability and legitimacy, and debates about justice versus charity.