After completing her science degree in ecology, marine biology, geology and botany, Dr Pamela Williams trained as a secondary school science teacher, then taught in Fiji and England before returning to teach in New Zealand. During 20 years of teaching, Pamela was involved in establishing a number of environmental education initiatives, actively involved in science education, outdoor education and ecological organisation committees. She was a founding Trustee of The Enviroschools Foundation, which she co-chaired from 2007 to 2013.
Pamela began her doctoral research while working at Victoria University of Wellington as a secondary teacher-advisor and researcher for Education for Sustainability, and was awarded her PhD ("University Leadership for Sustainability") in 2008. She is on the boards of the Nelson Environmental Centre and the Nelson Angel Women's Loan Fund.