05 Apr 2018

Thursday 05 April 2018

Yesterday, King’s senior Global Perspectives class was treated to a presentation on national intelligence by Old Collegian and Massey University Lecturer Dr Rhys Ball (Major, 1984-88).

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With a background in Security Intelligence Services, Rhys visited the College yesterday to educate students on just what a career pathway in intelligence could look like.

The classroom was a mix of Year 12 and Year 13 students, all who were entertained by Rhys’s ex- ‘spy’ life and knowledge of global affairs.

“It was an opportunity for the class to broaden their horizons on global issues and hear firsthand from somebody who has been around the world and been involved in various interesting scenarios,” says Global Perspectives teacher Richard MacCallum.

“He understands the importance of intelligence gathering far more than most and can provide a lot more information on the subject than myself.”

For Dr Rhys Ball, his early career was in the government service and intelligence space, with nearly ten years as an intelligence officer. This period also included postings and secondments to other security and intelligence services overseas. Rhys has also worked within the New Zealand law enforcement environment developing and upgrading covert collection policy methodologies.

Currently, Rhys is a lecturer at Massey University’s Centre for Defense and Security Studies (CDSS), teaching post-graduate intelligence and strategic studies.

We will next see Dr Rhys Ball on Anzac Day where he will attend a special King’s ANZAC Service as our guest speaker.