I am available to take on freelance consultancy projects or other professional work, drawing on fifteen years of experience working in the education, government and non-government sectors. I am based in Melbourne. Download a copy of my resume (PDF).
I have a longstanding interest in the teaching and practice of critical thinking. Throughout my professional life I have cultivated philosophical thinking, developing my metacognitive skills alongside my skills in rational argumentation, analysis, evaluation and inference. I bring the values of curiosity and reflective skepticism to my work as Director of The Philosophy Club, a social enterprise bringing philosophical enquiry to children in Australia.
I use the collaborative ‘community of inquiry’ model of teaching and learning, as championed by the Philosophy for Children movement. I’ve supported this movement for many years, serving on executive committees for the state-based Philosophy in Schools Associations in both Sydney and Melbourne, and consulting to the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in School Association.
During my consultancy for the Australian Bureau of Statistics I worked alongside educators to improve statistical literacy and critical thinking among designated target groups in the Australian population.
In 2000, I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of NSW under the supervision of Dr Philip Cam. I graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal.
I am deeply committed to creating cohesive and inclusive communities. My work in this area has centred on promoting equitable access to education for diverse and disadvantaged student groups. I’m interested in helping to build social capital for under-resourced communities, particularly those suffering the compounding effects of multiple disadvantages.
As a member of the professional association Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia, I campaigned to break down the barriers to higher education faced by university students from low socio-economic and refugee backgrounds. I conducted outreach activities to build aspirations for educational engagement and career success among young people from disadvantaged communities.
In my volunteer work I have promoted inclusive education through my active participation in The Smith Family’s Learning For Life program, Mission Australia’s various educational programs for homeless adults, and the St James Ethics Centre’s Educating for a Good Society project.
I hope to continue to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities through interdisciplinary dialogue, research and community engagement.