Alumni stories

Our alumni go on to a wide range of interesting and diverse careers. Meet some of our graduates and read their stories.

Steve Bott

Alumni regional coordinator Steve Bott talks about his experience at the University. He shares some choice memories and advice.

Jeremy Cheng

Jeremy Cheng is a central member of the Hong Kong alumni community, leader of the local IMBA alumni group, and our alumni regional coordinator.

Karen O’Leary

We spoke with alumna Karen O’Leary—an early childhood teacher known to most of us as ‘Officer’ O’Leary from the television show Wellington Paranormal.

David Tan

David Tan reflects on memories from university, how his career developed after graduating, and what it’s like being our alumni regional ambassador in Singapore.

Paige Dawber-Ashley

Alumna Paige Dawber-Ashley has made a career of helping others—from managing a Christchurch college to operating her own careers tools and advice business.

Kate Keith-Fitzgerald

Kate Keith-Fitzgerald is one of the University’s alumni volunteers in Boston USA. She took some time to answer questions about her time studying in Wellington.

Caitlin Attenburrow

Marketer Caitlin Attenburrow reflects on how her degree in marketing has helped forge her career and respond to challenges

Melissa Sutton

Sign language interpreter, Melissa Sutton, talks about the challenges and rewards of working in such a high profile role.

Sara Morgan Watters

Sara Morgan Watters has fond memories of her time studying in New Zealand and still feels a sense of connection from her home in the United States.

Ashwin Sharma

Currently working from home in Melbourne, Ashwin Sharma shares some tips and his memories of the unforgettable Professor Don Trow.

Sam Possenniski

Founder and GrandMaster of Yeastie Boys, Sam Possenniski, understands the value of a good brew in challenging times.

Liam Jolliffe

We caught up with Liam who is currently studying toward a PhD in maths at University of Cambridge, “trying to answer questions that no one knows the answer to”.

Richard Cawood

There are many strings to Richard Cawood’s bow. He shares with us his story of practicing law, becoming an entrepreneur and giving back.

Nigel Searancke

Alumnus Nigel Searancke’s openness to new ideas is holding him in good stead as he leads his catering business through challenging times.

Clinton Williams

Alumnus Clinton Williams discusses his nearly two decades of service in the Royal New Zealand Navy and the experiences that led to a new professional challenge.

Sarah Catherall

Freelance journalist Sarah Catherall has come ‘home’ to Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington to study creative writing.

Daniel Pengelly

Artistic Director and alumnus Daniel Pengelly shares memories of his move from performer to director, and of study in Wellington.

Mai Anh Nguyen

Pushing through culture shock to study Marketing and Finance in Wellington was worth it, says Mai Anh Nguyen, who’s now Head of Audience Insight at Adtima.

Adam McConnochie

Hearing from the “big names” in history scholarship inspired Adam McConnochie as a student. He’s now helping inspire young leaders.

David von Dadelszen

London-based law and arts alumnus David von Dadelszen headhunts top lawyers and helps up-and-comers navigate their career options.

Te Pūoho Katene BSc, BA

Te Pūoho Katene (Ngāti Toa Rangātira, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tama) graduated in 2007 with a double degree in Marine Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity.

Peggy Nobes MSwDev

Software developer Peggy Nobes shares her insights after deciding on a new path in her career.

Yasmin Yaacob

The jump from law to creative content producer might seem unusual, but for Yasmin Yaacob, her law degree has served her well as both an artist and an executive.

Erin Judge

Erin Judge (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) has combined a strong sense of social justice with a law degree to make a real difference in giving a voice to those without one.

Polly Grainger

As a graduate nurse, Polly Grainger never thought she’d leave the floor but now as a clinical projects specialist she says she’s never felt more fulfilled.

Dimitri Geidelberg, LLB, BCA

Business and law graduate Dimitri Geidelberg is helping New Zealand’s space industry to blast off.

Judge Mugeni Siwale-Mulenga, LLM

A career committed to public service now sees Judge Mugeni Siwale-Mulenga presiding over Zambia’s most challenging cases.

Podcast interviews

Listen to the University's Sarah Forster interview graduates Freya Daly Sadgrove, Eamonn Marra, and Karen O'Leary.