Pippa was born and raised in London, UK. She attended the University of Oxford where she graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After 2 years, working with the Intermediate Technology Development Group in London, she completed a Master’s Degree in International Development with a specialization in rural development planning, at the University of East Anglia, UK. In 1988 she emigrated to Vancouver, Canada.
After a short period of time working with Price Waterhouse Management Consultants, her early work here focused on Community Economic Development, with periods of work with the Community Futures Program (Human Resources and Development Canada) and consulting with the Westcoast Community Economic Development Consulting Group. Following the birth of her twin sons, she started up a consulting practice, offering strategic planning, project management, program and project evaluation and organizational change services to not-for-profit agencies in the Greater Vancouver Areas.
Since early 2008, she has worked for the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC, first as the Executive Director of the Council for Early Child Development, a national agency founded by Dr. Fraser Mustard, and then as the Knowledge Translation Director. In January 2015, Pippa assumed the position of Deputy Director of HELP. Pippa has a particular interest in health equity and the social determinants of health, and also in the fields of community systems change and evaluation.