My wife and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage next year. We have two adult children and 2 Cairn terriers. We migrated from Scotland in 2008 and are now New Zealand citizens. I have had a long career in the waste industry working in both private and public sectors. I have experience with all aspects of business development, strategic planning and service delivery. My expertise extends to holding positions on a number of Boards and sector working groups who are focused on improving environmental performance at home and abroad. I have always had a keen interest in politics and how decisions made at the level of Government affect everyday people. Having lived through the arc of neo-liberal politics it is clear to me that people are working harder and longer for a diminishing return. Alongside this our physical environment continues to struggle with the demands placed upon it. For me the Green Party provides the most socially progressive policy platform that can advocate for and deliver meaningful change.