This section offers a summary of work experience prior to becoming a teacher, in reverse chronological order.
Director, Martial Arts NZ Ltd. (2000 - May 2007)
Following my lifelong love of the martial arts, I founded the first professional martial arts school in NZ, becoming the largest such organisation in Australasia (as cited in Blitz magazine) with 400+ students, of which around 325 were children. My programme included bully busters and values education.
Business Leadership Experience, UK, France, NZ, and South Pacific (1992 - 2000)
My first role following my degree was as an area manager in the hospitality trade, managing hotels, restaurants and bars in Southern England (including London). This was followed by a role in the oil business as a retail business manager for Elf Acquitaine, the French petroleum organisation, leading the operations of 22 sites. This was cut short by the offer of a job in New Zealand.
In NZ, from 1994 to 1997, I was employed by Woolworths New Zealand as a Category Manager, responsible for several categories of product for three supermarket brands and as the first project manager for the original online customer shopping system in New Zealand.
I was then headhunted to be Deputy General Manager of Morris Hedstrom Supermarkets in Fiji and Western Samoa, living in Fiji for two years before being headhunted again for an American based retailer, called Cost U Less, and taking up the position of Vice President for the South Pacific region. A Board takeover led to redundancy and entry into my lifelong dream of being a teacher.
Services, United Kingdom (1978 - 1988)Between 1978 and 1988, I served in the Greater Manchester Police
and the Royal Air Force as a Commissioned Officer (Air Navigator). Having completed one of the World's most stringent leadership courses at RAF Cranwell, I trained for Flying duties an led a flight of 15 men and women.