Originally from Australia I’ve been living in London, working for a number of global public interest organisations and causes for the last thirteen years. I’ve spent the last few years leading Save the Children UK’s work on education around the world and recently moved to Bangkok to help grow Save the Children’s efforts and influence on education across Asia.
Needless to say I’m passionate about expanding learning and educational opportunities. I have specialist interests in literacy and reading and in increasing children in the developing world’s access to and use of better quality books. I’m the founder of First Read, which aims to provide parents of very young children in developing countries with material and skills to develop emergent literacy.
I’m also interested in design and especially in how it can be used to improve public spaces and buildings and am keen to find a way to work with others to improve the public realm of my new home town of Bangkok. I’m a keen cyclist too and would love to help Bangkok become a cycling city – I like a challenge – and find out from fellows where cycling is already established or emerging in other parts of Asia.
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