I am a media and government relations specialist with extensive experience in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region as a public affairs project manager, media training and development consultant, news journalist and diplomat.
My roles have included: Training Provider for the first UNESCO/Press Institute of Mongolia media training of trainers course on "Covering Sustainable Development" (Ulaabaatar, February 2013); Project Manager of UNESCO's global 2010 World Press Freedom Day conference (University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2010); and Australia's senior media and public diplomacy officer and cultural attache in the South Pacific region and New Zealand (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1989-1996).
I specialise in communication for social change, cross-cultural communications, media capacity-building and training, gender and law and justice communications, and media development project monitoring and evaluation in the Asia Pacific region.
I have a strong track record of success in project management, advocacy, negotiation, liaison and representational roles as a foreign affairs officer and communications consultant.
I'm also an experienced a writer, editor and journalist who has written and edited a wide range of technical material and PR collateral for government departments, academic organisations, NGOs and business clients.
As a news journalist, my roles included foreign affairs and defence correspondent for The Australian (Australia's daily newspaper), and freelance correspondent on South Pacific affairs for the BBC World Service, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the South China Morning Post.
Beyond the work sphere, I am a writer and oral historian who is the author of a ground-breaking oral/social history project, The Fiji Oral History Part 1: Part-Europeans and Europeans. This collection of 30 audio interviews is held in the archives of key Pacific and US institutions including the University of California San Diego, Harvard University, the University of Hawaii, the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), and the National Library of Australia.