Kirsty’s passion for development was sparked by a VSA assignment in Cambodia in 1992. She has continued to work in international development, mainly for the United Nations and its agencies, in Yemen, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, before returning to New Zealand in 2004. Her career has included six years as a Development Manager at MFAT covering programmes in Polynesia and Melanesia, and Head of Programmes at Save the Children New Zealand. Kirsty is now a development consultant, and has been a VSA Member for over 20 years. Kirsty is currently chair of Council's governance committee. She brings experience in designing and implementing activities, securing funding, managing high-level relationships, networking, leading teams, strategic and independent thinking, and building partnerships.