Doc is an Economic and Social Anthropologist. With governance and leadership experience spanning more than 20 years, she is Independent Chair of Infometrics Limited and Principal Analyst/Director at Mandolin Associates Limited.
As an entrepreneur, Doc developed award-winning intelligent technology for the global food industry. As the former Chief Executive of BERL Economics, Doc led the renewed Māori Asset Base and Science and Innovation work, amongst a range of other policy and economic initiatives for Government and Industry.
As former Executive Chair of the Innovation Partnership Forum on the digital economy, Doc co-ordinated a large group of partner organisations in both Government and Industry to achieve real gains in areas such as digital education, smart technologies, digital inclusion, and innovation in the wider digital economy.
Doc’s work has included improving teaching and research performance at Victoria University School of Government, where Doc designed, implemented, and then assisted to govern the Emerging Issues Programme for the Public Sector, and the Australia New Zealand Schools of Government Trust, in collaboration with Professor Gary Hawke and the State Services Commissioner. Her involvement in the tertiary sector included work as an interim CEO and adviser, assisting up to the transition into subsidiaries of the unified polytechnic.
With a PhD focused on innovation and change toward improving economic, social, and environmental wellbeing, Doc’s work has involved economic development in Wellington, designing acceleration support for innovation and export leadership. In Marlborough, Doc was the architect of the award-winning “Smart and Connected” economic and social development vision and strategy. Doc has assisted with business, economic, environmental and trade policy for two decades.
Doc’s passions include innovation-led economic development, heritage and environmental conservation and regeneration, and life-long learning. At the centre of her world is her family, who energise her commitment to a sustainable future for New Zealand.