About

I'm a risk, compliance, and governance specialist in New Zealand.

I work with  companies in New Zealand and abroad, particularly on:

  • AML/CFT and responsible lending compliance strategy and operations

  • Governance regulatory risk policy

  • Building cultures that demonstrate resilience and integrity

  • Fintech and digital transformation

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The common thread in my work and career is exploring how a system's whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

HOW I GOT HERE

I've approached my career as a treasure hunter, looking for the most interesting and challenging experiences I can access. After completing my studies and being confirmed as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand, I threw myself into professional adventures that include -

  • Working as a research manager for Oxford University in Sierra Leone, West Africa measuring access to justice in regional courts and prisons

  • Representing the New Zealand government as a negotiator with Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people, in reparation settlements

  • Creating and running an ethically made bedding manufacturing company in Bali

  • Pitching VCs in Silicon Valley on my software prototype to help fintech businesses automate customer and transaction risk alerts

  • Building and leading one of New Zealand's first specialist AML/CTF consulting firms developing proprietary risk assessment models and policy projects to financial institutions from fintech start-ups to Fortune 500 multinationals

  • Designing and drafting responsible lending policy and operational strategy for a large New Zealand finance company preparing for CCCFA changes

MY INTERESTS

My hunting for experiences happens out-of-office too.

 

Since we can't indulge in travel or safely leaving the house much at present, I am -

  • Spending a lot of time convincing our rescue Pomeranian to chase the ball on the beach

  • Focussing on unsupported handstands in my yoga practice and using paint cans as weights

  • Setting up my first compost bin and overthinking what to put in it

  • Testing the best way to drink tequila before dinner (I'm still at sparkling water and lime - please send ideas)

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Bobby Bean Sprout on Mount Maunganui beach, pointedly not chasing the ball

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