PublicVoice is growing and we have added a new full-time Research Executive to the team. Joining the team is Richard Stephens. You can find out more about Richard below as we put him under the microscope and find out what makes him tick.
What’s your name and where are you from?
Richard Stephens, I was born in Christchurch and have lived all over New Zealand going as far north as Auckland and as far south as Invercargill. I have been in Wellington this time round since 2008 and moved out to Lower Hutt in 2010. My friends say I am still very much a South Islander
Favorite musician and/or artist?
A hard question as it changes depending on my mood. Have recently got into The Chainsmokers and looking forward to their concert later this year.
Why did you want to join PublicVoice?
I enjoy research and problem-solving. The work also allows me to further cement my skills and knowledge as well as expand these.
What were you doing before starting at PublicVoice?
The last nine years I have worked in the health and disability sector in a variety of paid and unpaid roles. These roles have included being a peer advocate/supporter working with people who experience mental distress, interning with an MP, being a consumer representative on a couple of Government projects and doing mental distress awareness education.
I have been working towards my BAppSci (Psychology) The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and I am looking forward to graduation next year.
What do you like to get up to on the weekend?
I can often be found on one of my bikes, often out group cycling, MTBing with mates or partaking in a race.
I also enjoy tramping so often organise and lead overnight tramps. If I am having a weekend at home, I am normally reading a book, watching Netflix and working on my latest cross-stitch project.
A toss-up between ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ’10 Things I Hate About You’
It’s your last supper – what do you order?
An easy question; steak, eggs and chips with bourbon