I qualified as a Chemical Engineer from Auckland University and started my career as a project engineer in a range of industries within NZ, then moved into water desalination projects in Australia, UK and Middle East before working as a process engineer on North Sea energy projects. Returning to NZ, I took up a role in industrial chemical sales and marketing which turned into the product development and launch of Valvemaster - the lead replacement additive when NZ went unleaded. After this I established an enterprise to assist with commercialisation of IP in universities and research organisations prior to establishing Lomak an award winning laser technology company. A valley of death experience led to a role within government as a clean technology capital specialist. I am a passionate advocate for a smart prosperous low carbon economy, sometime ministerial advisor, public speaker and disobedient thinker and strategist.