Regimental, staff and training appointments include chief instructor of Combat School, director Army training, and military assistant at the NZ Commission in London.
Appointments have included head of strategy management (Army), acting deputy chief of Army, and chief staff officer joint plans at headquarters Joint Forces NZ.
Has served as assistant chief strategic commitments and engagements and in the Army as the land component commander.
Has deployed on operations with the United Nations in Angola, East Timor and the Middle East.
Served as infantry officer with the 1st Battalion, Royal NZ Infantry Regiment in Singapore and NZ, and completed two postings to the 2nd/1st Infantry Battalion, including as commanding officer.
Deployed to Afghanistan in April 2010 as senior national officer and commanding officer of the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team.
Awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration for service in Afghanistan.
A graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and the National Defence College of India. Is a Master of defence studies (University of Canberra), a Master of philosophy (defence and strategic studies, University of Madras), and earned a Master of management, a Bachelor of arts (history) and a post-graduate diploma in business administration from Massey University.