Lynne is an educator with a background in philosophy and mental health. Lynne has a PhD in philosophy and bioethics and has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. Lynne is our co-director of programmes working alongside Deborah.
A science communicator and educator, Deborah’s PhD in bioethics education is informed by her interdisciplinary background in science, psychology, public medicine and education. In addition to the exploration of ethical issues raised by advances in science and technology, Deborah’s areas of special interest include values development and youth mental health. Deborah is co-director of programmes working alongside Lynne.
Laura has worked as an administrator for Tauranga Montessori, Tauranga Youth Development Trust and NZ Rugby League. Laura has been involved with coaching and committee roles with Tauranga junior football, and has been a referee for Kiwi Tag. Laura is fully committed to nurturing and supporting her own children's endeavours, and she is passionate about creating opportunities for young people. Laura is the first point of contact for inquiries and registrations for CSC events.
Katy has a background in science and languages and has been involved in numerous global health initiatives and charitable organisations worldwide. Katy works as the Operations Manager and Vice President at Dunedin's Riding for the Disabled programme, developing and implementing activities for both horses and riders. Katy is currently working on her PhD at Otago University.
Grant is Professor of Bioethics. He is trained in medicine and has worked as a neurosurgeon. Grant also has a PhD in philosophy and he is involved with teaching at a tertiary level in medical programmes and bioethics programmes. Grant is the President of the CSC Trust.
Matt has a BSc in neuroscience and biochemistry and has completed his PGDipSci in neuroscience. He is now working on a PhD in neuroscience, with aspirations of becoming a researcher in the field. In addition to his tertiary qualifications, Matt is a qualified Automotive Technician and carries out part time work in this role.
Claire has a BSc in psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma (mental health studies). She has worked in forensic mental health contexts and is in the final stages of her a PhD in philosophy and psychiatry.
Sam has a BA in philosophy, BS in physiology, Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies and a MA in Indigenous development. She is currently studying medicine and is a Te Poutama Maori coordinator. She has worked on a research project reconnecting Moriori youth to Rekohu (Chatham Islands). Sam guides the CSC Trust with tikanga Māori understanding.
Nick is an experienced accountant with qualifications in CPA - Aus, Certified Internal Auditor and Chartered Management Accountant. He also has an MBA and B. Com in accounting. Nick manages our finances, tax obligations, accounting system and reporting. Nick did his articles with PricewaterhouseCooper and has worked with Practical Action, an international charity.
Ruth is a musical poet, singing stories of love and loss, politics and protest. Combining frank lyrics with sweet melodies, Ruth will make you laugh and make you cry. Originally from the UK but now living in New Zealand, she recently released her debut EP, Don't Be A Monster.
Adam is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of astrophysics. His PhD thesis focussed on developing mathematical models and analysing supercomputer simulations of how galaxies formed and evolved. A clear and enthusiastic communicator of science, Adam has a passion for the performing arts.
An avid reader and keen observer of global issues, Jamie holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies. From mid 2012 to mid 2015, Jamie was based in Osaka as part of the JET (Japanese and Exchange Teaching) programme.