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Coaching, content & communications for purpose-driven people

  • $ 150.00 - $ 100.00 / hr
  • Auckland
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You’re keen to tackle that next big goal — you’re just not quite sure how to get there.

That’s where I come in.

I help growth-minded people and organisations find and communicate their purpose.

Life and career coaching

Ambitious millennial in New Zealand or Australia? I’ll help you navigate life changes with 1:1 coaching that defines your purpose — and a roadmap to fulfil it.

Marketing consulting

Purpose-led business owner? I help you create mission-aligned marketing and communications strategies and deliverables that convey your vision and values.

Speaking and facilitation

Event organiser? Invite me along to your next webinar or in-person conference to facilitate a meaningful conversation and elevate the stories and voices of your people.


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Professional Coach

  •  Jan 2024 - Present

Through 1:1 and small group coaching, I help growth-minded millennials experiencing burnout and toxic work environments to navigate the transition into a life and career of purpose.

Marketing & content consultant

  •  Clarissa Hirst
  •  Jan 2014 - Present

Delivering purpose-driven digital marketing, communications and content for organisations in the tourism and financial wellbeing space. Current clients include a startup changing the parental leave experience in New Zealand, a pioneering legal company, one of NZ's biggest online media platforms, and a fund manager leading the way in ESG investing.

Head of Content, Communications and Marketing

  •  Financial Services Council NZ
  •  Oct 2020 - Oct 2023

The FSC is a non-profit member organisation with a vision to grow the financial confidence and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

In my day-to-day role, I led our MarComms team to deliver world-class corporate, member and consumer communications, events and campaigns. I worked with passionate and talented leaders from across NZ's financial services industry to deliver insightful research and meaningful projects that aimed to make impactful change to New Zealanders' financial wellbeing in the long-term.


  •  Auckland Young Professionals
  •  Dec 2022 - Mar 2024

Auckland Young Professionals (AYP) is a non-profit organisation where those within the first 15 years of their career can meet like-minded individuals and develop their skills. As President I chair and support the AYP Committee, a committed group of volunteers with a vision to equip Tāmaki Makaurau's young professionals with the skills to develop personally and professionally through networking and events.

Digital & Content Manager

  •  World Travellers NZ
  •  May 2019 - Oct 2020

I developed and implemented a marketing strategy for the World Travellers Group, led a rebuild of their existing website and worked on joint campaigns with media, airlines and suppliers to promote travel both internationally and domestically.

Digital Content Executive

  •  Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  •  Jul 2018 - May 2019

As the digital content expert in AUT's central marketing team, I led the creation of an online content resource for parents of prospective students and produced and optimised content for the university's central marketing campaigns.

Senior Content Producer

  •  Castleford Media
  •  Jan 2017 - Jul 2018

I produced content and editorial strategies for high-touch clients, led team meetings, trained junior writers and led an in-house professional development programme to upskill our writers in digital marketing.

Content Manager

  •  GoCambio
  •  Aug 2015 - Aug 2018

I managed the GoCambio content team, successfully establishing an overarching content strategy for the travel startup. In addition, I wrote, edited and scheduled original articles for the GoCambio blog, updated copy for the website and bi-weekly newsletters, analysed Google Analytics reports, and assisted the Managing Director with recruiting new copywriting interns.


Thought Conductor® ICF ACC Credential Pathway

  •  Thought Coach
  •  Jan 2024 - Jan 2024

This course taught me the transformational coaching conversation framework and key coaching skills that get to the core of clients’ belief systems and values, navigate their map of the world and open up their potential. In addition, it equipped me to provide clients with awareness, effective option-generating strategies, clear and concise goal setting, and how to hold them accountable while also facilitating insight into how they can move themselves forward through any obstacles.

The 65hr course took place over 6 months and included:
- 15 x 2hr virtual classroom sessions
- ICF Mentor Observation & Feedback
- 8 x 1hr coaching practice sessions
- NLP coaching tools
- Overview of the ICF core competencies
- Weekly readings and assessments

Off the back of this course, I am now training to gain my ICF certification in 2024, which includes 100+ hrs of paid and pro bono coaching.

Master of Research

  •  Macquarie University
  •  Jan 2024 - Jan 2024

Masters degree in international relations, including an independent research project (Masters thesis). I attained Class I Division I for this thesis.

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours)

  •  University of Sydney
  •  Mar 2025 - Jan 2024

Majored in English Literature and History.