My Profile

Councillor on Auckland Council, representing the Waitematā and Gulf ward (2019- 2022), after serving nine years on the Waitematā Local Board as Deputy Chair and Chair for the 2016 – 2019 term.

I was born in London and immigrated to New Zealand aged 14, attending Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. I hold a law degree from Otago University. Following a legal career, in early 2009, I became a full-time volunteer in the community focused on cycling advocacy, community development and sustainability. In 2011 I received the SBN’s Sustainability Champion award for my cycling advocacy work and as chair of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.  I was first elected on to Auckland Council in 2010.

During my time on Auckland Council I reported  monthly on my activities here

RECENT governance roles

– Deputy Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee

– Co-Chair, Hauraki Gulf Forum

– Member, Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

– Board Member, LGNZ National Council

– Member, Auckland Domain Committee

Ministerial Appointments

– Waters Service Entity A Establishment Board interview panel member, DIA (January 2023)
–  Urban Cycling Investment panel member, NZ Transport Agency (2014 -15)


– Te reo Māori (Te Kakano II) at AUT

– Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales, 2003

– Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of NZ, 1993

– Professional Legal Studies completed at Victoria University of Wellington, 1993

– LL.B (Hons), University of Otago

– Auckland Girls’ Grammar School old girl
(I was honoured to be the guest speaker at the Old Girls’ Annual dinner on 4 November 2010 and to speak at Founders Day assembly in September 2022)


My community involvement goes back to my school days at Auckland Girls’ Grammar, when I was a founding member of the Auckland City Youth Council.

Previous community and professional involvement:

– Chair of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market Management Committee (until October 2015)

– Trustee, Grey Lynn 2030 (until May 2016)

– Trustee and Treasurer, Connected Media (until October 2016)

– Trustee of Kelmarna Organic City Farm in Herne Bay (until May 2012)

– Coordinator, Frocks On Bikes – Auckland (until May 2013)

– Committee member and Membership secretary, Cycle Action Auckland

– Management committee, Citizens Advice Bureau (Wellington Central)

– Wellington District Law Society Council 1996 – 1999

– Vice-president of the Corporate Lawyers Association 1999

– Volunteer for Community Law Centres in Dunedin & Wellington

– Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (Wellington)

– Full-time volunteer at the Youth Law Project in Auckland

– English as a second language tutor with the Home Tutor Project

– Secretary of the Otago Law Students Association 1991

– NZ representative as an AFS student in Peru and at World Expo 92, Seville, Spain

– Secretary, Otago University Labour Club

Professional work

– Over 15 years of legal experience

– Specialising in regulated industries, most recently at Vector Limited

– I have also worked at the Ministry of Fisheries in Wellington, Network Rail in the UK and for the Stevenson Group Ltd.


– Member, Grey Lynn Farmers Market 

– Member , Vintage Austin Register (I have a 1934 Austin 7)

– Member, Auckland Girls’ Grammar Old Girls’ Association

– Member, Waiheke Community Art Gallery

– Member, Auckland Art Gallery

Declaration of interests

I maintain a register of interests here 

Contact me

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