Our Stories

We believe that the facilitators of LBS discussions must have an open mind and a breadth of experience, relating in equal measure to the academic, professional and personal sides of life. We are confident that each of us fulfils this requirement:

Auckland based

Kyle Church

Kyle Church graduated from Green Bay High School in 2004. He studied Politics and Philosophy at the University of Auckland, then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education. Kyle has undertaken a wide variety of jobs from primary school teaching to political campaigning and now works in telecommunications.

Ruby Evenstar 

Ruby Evenstar graduated from Wairarapa College in 2008 and from Victoria University of Wellington in 2015, where she studied Spanish and Linguistics. During this time she also worked for NZ's Accident Compensation Coorporation and studied abroad in Russia and Spain.

At the end of her degree she was awarded a scholarship in Modern Languages to continue postgraduate study however chose to move to Auckland and work as a project manager in web development.  

Ruby is currently in the process of relocating to Melbourne where she plans to expand upon her project management skill set and find a way to incorporate her passion for languages and culture into her day job. 

Shaun Hotchkiss 

Shaun Hotchkiss graduated from Westlake Boys' High School in 2001, from Auckland University in 2006 where he studied physics and maths, and from Oxford University in 2010 where he received a doctorate in theoretical physics (cosmology, specifically). Since then he has carried on doing cosmology research as a postdoctoral research fellow at Helsinki University, Sussex University and now Auckland University where he is currently based.

Finn Lowery

Finn Lowery graduated from Rangitoto College in 2008 and from the University of Auckland in 2015, where he studied law, politics and French. At the end of his degree, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to continue studying at the University of Oxford, but he has chosen to remain in New Zealand for the time being. He is currently working as a criminal lawyer at the Public Defence Service.

In his own time, Finn is very keen on sports and the outdoors, being a member of the North Harbour water polo team, and enjoying skiing, surfing and cycle-touring. In addition, Finn is passionate about foreign languages, culture and young people.