I am a dual Canadian-UK Citizen, and speak English and French.
With a background in mechanical engineering, I have been a humanitarian aid worker since 1990. This has involved working for local organisations; living in refugee camps; managing major relief operations in complex political emergencies; leading global humanitarian operations for an international NGO; facilitating the introduction of humanitarian standards on six continents; and working with many organisations to improve their performance.
My professional network reflects a 20 year history of boundary-spanning assignments. I have visited 70 some countries, of which I worked in 22, and lived in 10. As a consultant, I have completed over 80 contracts working for a diverse range of organisations. I am retraining as a social scientist, slowly working through a part-time PhD in the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London where I am writing a thesis on organisational collaboration. I also contribute to an organisational research programme called Humanitarian Futures, and am a founding partner of the strategy consultancy Sensitive Dynamics.
I strive to make a positive contribution by working creatively and pragmatically, and by emphasising relationships, listening, and most of all: thriving in uncertainty and complexity. I try to help organisations become able to continually change.