Colleen has enjoyed an adventurous career serving in the New Zealand Army, the United Nations and leading international organisations, all of which gives her a strong portfolio of skills and qualifications, with particular expertise in training, security and civil military coordination. As an army officer, she’s had operational service in Egypt, Bougainville and East Timor. She’s also worked internationally in many countries, including Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She has served a number of shorter term deployments with various United Nations (UN) agencies – the UN Joint Logistics Centre and UN World Food Programme as part of the Indian Ocean tsunami response (Indonesia), Logistics Officer with the UN Human Rights ‘start up’ programme in Nepal, and the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) conducting a number of civil-military coordination training courses in Philippines, Vietnam and Vanuatu.
For the past 10 years Colleen has been conducting scenario based training exercises and courses with foreign militaries in Mongolia, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Cambodia. She has also participated in various training events in the United States of America. Colleen is actively involved with training for the New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC) and was part of the NZRC team responding to the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. She also deployed as a logistics officer during Cyclone Evan in Samoa 2013.
Colleen has a personal interest in training and development; and in all matters related to domestic and international security.