Our Stories: Lizzy Grant

Written by Renee Tonkin. Posted in Our Stories.

Lizzy GrantWorking on high-voltage batteries for supercars, Lizzy Grant isn’t your everyday Kiwi in the UK. Mechanical engineer, Lizzy, came over to the UK in 2021 to work for supercar company, McLaren Automotive.

Growing up in Auckland, Lizzy didn’t know any engineers, but she loved physics and maths. Her physics teacher introduced her to engineering and after attending the University of Auckland’s recruitment day for women in engineering, Lizzy decided that mechanical engineering was the pathway for her. However, she wasn’t quite ready to give up her love of physics and so she tacked on a conjoint physics degree too.

Our Stories: Kate Caldwell

Written by Ruth Keeling. Posted in Our Stories.

IMG 1257For many, the pandemic democratised the possibilities of working transnationally, allowing professionals to work from home - or indeed wherever your heart finds you. Kate Caldwell, international tax and trust law specialist, is keenly aware of the opportunities and also the potential pitfalls of living across countries, both from the professional and the personal side. After a fast-paced stretch in London at a respected City law firm advising high-net-worth individuals and family offices, she and her British partner took the leap to return to New Zealand, where Kate is now Senior Manager in PwC Legal's tax team in Auckland.

Our Stories: Robyn Litchfield

Written by Ruth Keeling. Posted in Our Stories.

Robyn LitchfieldIt’s taken a while for Robyn Litchfield to see herself as a ‘business woman’, and to sign up to the New Zealand Business Women’s Network in London. It’s also taken some time for the London-based painter to build her profile as a professional artist. Her long fascination with the ancient sunken forests of her homeland led in 2022 to a significant commercial commission: a permanent installation of a 16-metre interior mural in the Frank Gehry-designed London office of Meta on Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross. After 15 years exploring elements of NZ’s colonial history and its backcountry geographies through her painting, Robyn’s recent solo exhibition “Let Time Be Still” (2023) demonstrated the maturing of her distinctive style.This body of work, featuring twelve new works depicting Kahikatea swamp forests, is named after words from Kiwi poet James K. Baxter.