Principal Programme Manager

Background

As a Principal Project Manager in the UK team, I lead the design and implementation of systems change projects that transform systems as well as organisations, focusing particularly on agricultural commodities within the Sustainable Value Chains & Livelihoods Challenge Lab. One of my key responsibilities is steering Forum’s Cotton 2040 project, an ambitious platform that aims to accelerate progress and maximise the impact of existing sustainable cotton initiatives, bringing together leading international brands and retailers, sustainable cotton standards, and other stakeholders across the value chain.
Prior to joining Forum, I worked at an international development consultancy firm, focusing primarily on private sector and market systems development across the Pacific and Melanesia, South East and South Asia, and West Africa. As a New Zealander, I have always had a special interest in agriculture, so much of my career has been focused on building inclusive and sustainable private sector agricultural markets.
I hold a double major in International Business and Commercial Law from Victoria University of Wellington (Te Herenga Waka) and I am in the final stages of completing a Masters in International Development, focusing on women’s empowerment in small-scale agricultural value chains in emerging economies, from Massey University (Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa).

Dream project

Launching a concept-to-consumer blueprint for an entirely new, large-scale agricultural product (from research through to mass consumption) which substantiates how possible it is for businesses to foster truly resilient, sustainable and inclusive agricultural value chains and thereby becoming a “norm” for the whole sector.

What floats my boat outside work?

Travelling. Trying out foods from all corners of the world and then trying to recreate them at home. I’m always on a quest to find the best flat white in town too!
As an animal fanatic and lover of the outdoors, you will usually find me either stomping around a park on the weekends, in a stable, or curled up with a book and a cat.