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UK alumni feature in Dream Catchers series

Wednesday 25 March 2020 9:09am

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The eight-part series, Dream Catchers, is written and produced by NZ host Hilary Timmins

Inspirational Otago alumni feature in a new video series about Kiwis who have achieved success in their fields in the UK. The eight-part series, Dream Catchers, is written and produced by former Lotto NZ host Hilary Timmins, who moved to the UK not long after the Christchurch earthquakes.

A catalyst that brought many New Zealanders together, she met some extraordinary Kiwis at this time and came up with the idea of sharing their stories and inspiring a new generation of New Zealanders. She received funding and support from individuals, and partnered with Kiwi networks in London, The New Zealand Society, NZ-UK Link and KEA.

Otago alumni featured in the series include:

Episode 2: Entertainment. Hilary talks to Grammy Award-winning opera star Jonathan Lemalu, who studied Music and completed a Law degree at Otago (0:30-5.50)

Episode 3: High Performance. Commerce graduate Joan Murphy talks about building the Frame Gyms empire in the UK (6.26-10.50)

Episode 4: Global Leaders. Otago Law alumna Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas was the first woman to lead The City of London, and also to chair the Royal Opera House and become Provost of King’s College Cambridge. (0.30-6.15)

Episode 5: Food and Wine. Elaine Ngan, armed with her Home Science degree, has become one of the world’s top food stylists. (6.30-10.55)

Episode 8: Entrepreneurs. Law and Commerce alumnus, commercial real estate businessman and philanthropist Kent Gardner has owned some of London’s landmark buildings. (16.40-22.00)


Both the executive producers for the series are also Otago alumni, including Kent Gardner who features in Episode 8, and Paul Gough, who did a BComm ( Hons) and is a Managing Partner of UK investment company Star Capital.