I started Pure Arts Communications after seeing the need for strategic planning, communications and training that’s specifically tailored to grassroots volunteer organisations. Having spent many years as a volunteer myself, I’m passionate about helping community groups and non-profits improve their governance, plan for their futures and bring their work to a wider audience.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Media and Communications/Chinese from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University (ANU), where I wrote my thesis on the China-India political relationship.
I spent five years as a freelance journalist, and my journalism and academic writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and South Asia Masala, among others. After finishing my PhD, I worked as a strategic analyst and editor with the Australian Department of Defence, before returning to the ANU as the Deputy Communications Manager for the College of Asia and the Pacific. I’m also active in the arts, with my first novel, a Gothic mystery called Greythorne, published by Pan Macmillan imprint Momentum Books in 2015. I’ve also been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World at the ANU, where I was completing a book based on my PhD thesis, tentatively titled India and China in the Asia-Pacific, 1890-2030. I’m a member of the ACT Writers Centre and the Australian Society of Authors.