I was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1981. I grew up on the North Shore with two younger brothers. My mother was a nurse and my father managed and eventually owned a business servicing and repairing supermarket trolleys.
I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and Employment Relations.
I spent some time working at my local supermarket, with the intention to progress through an Owner/Operator development program. However, I never really settled on it and decided at the age of 23 to travel to the UK.
I wanted to explore and experience the world for a couple of years before going back home. Not even three weeks after I landed in Manchester, I met the love of my life and haven’t looked back!
This wasn’t without its challenges, of course. I had to find gainful employment and remain eligible to live and work in the UK. I had a variety of office-based sales/customer service jobs before becoming a Recruitment Consultant.
When that fell through, I struggled to find a company willing to take a chance on me. I was so excited and grateful that BNY Mellon took a leap of faith with me at the start of 2009. I finally felt like I had a secure place in my adopted country and could build a life here.
In May 2011, my wife and I were married. One of the parts I remember most clearly was how pleased we both were to bring family and friends together from both sides of the world. Fast forward to my involvement and leadership within IMPACT, I think that coming together really made a strong impression on me.
Currently at BNY Mellon, I am a Lead Analyst in the Global Asset Safety Data Services team in Manchester. We deal with a myriad of regulatory issues that impact our internal and external footprint with solutions as varied as the people in our group. I think that is why fostering diversity and inclusion is so important; given the ever-changing landscape, we need to remain as engaged and as flexible as possible.
I have written and spoken about my own journey living with Asperger’s Syndrome, not because I particularly felt that I needed specific support, but because I firmly believe that sharing our stories and our struggles with each other enriches the culture of our company.
I am really proud of the work we do in our DEI space and my goal working with IMPACT is to build on that and leave a robust succession plan for our future leaders.
I am also involved with HEART, which I have an affinity for given my background. I was proud to collaborate with two other colleagues to deliver a HEARTFelt Conversation in support of Autism Awareness Month in the UK.
Lately, I have been heartened to hear from people wanting to be more involved in E/BRGs. It gives me such confidence that these groups will continue to play a pivotal role at BNY Mellon for years to come.
My interests include sports, particularly rugby and cricket, which I developed a love for at a young age. Golf remains a passion of mine as well after getting into the sport during my teenage years.