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Who's Who

ChairpersonJustice Glendall

Hon. Justice J W Gendall QC- became a barrister sole in 1986 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He took appointment to the High Court Bench the same year and is based in the Wellington High Court. He was made a Companion of the Order of Merit in 2012. Appointed: 2012

Deputy Chairperson

Hon. Marion Frater - was appointed a District Court and Family Court Judge in 1990. She was Chair of the Arohata Prison Board from 1999 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2007 was a Judge of the High Court. Appointed: 2007

Panel Convenors

Judge Michael Behrens QC - is a recently retired District Court Judge, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to this he practised in Palmerston North as a sole practitioner and barrister sole and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1999. Appointed: 2014

Judge Louis Bidois -
was appointed a District Court Judge in July 2002. Judge Bidois’ tribal affiliation is to Te Arawa. Appointed: 2011

Judge Thomas Broadmore - was appointed a District Court Judge in 2005. He has been practising as a barrister since 1998, after 21 years as a partner in Chapman Tripp. He served as Federal President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand from 1997 – 2000, only the second New Zealander to hold the position in the Association’s 30-year history. Appointed: 2014

Judge Russell Callander - QSO, Stipendiary Magistrate 1978-1981, District Court Judge1981-2013, Chair Western Samoa Parole Board 1982-3, Chair Mt.Eden Prison Board 1985-6, Convenor NZ Parole Board 2002 to present. Appointed: 2002

Judge Michael Crosbie - was appointed to the District Court Bench in 2001, and served as Chairperson of the Wanganui District Prison Board from 2001 to 2003. Appointed: 2003

Judge Phil Gittos - was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to the judiciary in 2014. Appointed: 2014

Judge Carolyn Henwood – was appointed a District Court Judge in 1985. Former Chairperson of the Rimutaka District Prison Board. Appointed: 2006

Judge Anne Kiernan - appointed a District Court Judge in 2002. Appointed: 2011

Judge Jane Lovell-Smith - appointed District Court Judge in 1994 and chaired the Auckland District Prison Board. Appointed: 2002

Judge David Mather – appointed a District and Family Court Judge in 1997. Appointed May: 2012

Judge Eddie Paul - sworn in as a District Court Judge at Auckland in 2008. Appointed: 2010

Alan Ritchie -
barrister and solicitor. Executive Director NZ Law Society 1985-2008. Current Judicial Conduct Commissioner. Appointed: 2008

Judge David Saunders - was appointed in 1993, and served as Chair of the Invercargill District Prison Board from 1997 to 2002. Appointed: 2002

Kathryn Snook – is a barrister and solicitor with 20 years legal experience working in private practice and government including the Department of Social Welfare and the Office of Treaty Settlements. Appointed: 2011

Judge Arthur Tompkins - became a District Court Judge in 1997. Appointed: 2004

Neville Trendle – retired NZ Police 2001. Barrister and former consultant at the Law Commission. Appointed: 2008

Non-judicial Members

Associate Professor Philip Brinded – forensic psychiatrist in private practice. Appointed: 2004

Lesley Campbell – spent 24 years with the Probation Service with secondments to the Samoa and Vanuatu Probation Services. Appointed: 2010

Martha Coleman - barrister with expertise in human rights and public law. Formerly a Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office, she joined the independent bar in 2014. Appointed: 2014

Leith Comer - former senior army officer and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Maori Development. Currently Chairman of Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi, Executive Director of the Excel Rotorua Education Trust, Chairman of Rotorua Contracting Limited and Trustee of the Fallen Heroes Trust. Appointed: 2014

Ross Crotty - is a barrister and solicitor. Appointed: 2014

Grant Crowley - formerly a senior officer in the NZ Army he was recently chief executive of a law and a patent attorney firm. He now teaches part-time at Wellington College and sits on a number of boards. Appointed in 2015

Dr Sally Davis- Doctor of Clinical Psychology, practitioner and consultant with experience in mental health issues and a range of offending behaviours. Appointed: 2015

Sue Driver – is a consultant in areas of governance, management and evaluation. Appointed: 2012

Paul Elenio - more than 38 years experience in the newspaper industry, including as a reporter, editor, advertising and circulation manager and general manager. Appointed: 2014

Douglas Hauraki – has spent 40 years managing a variety of public and private sector positions. Former general manager and Chief Executive of the Maori Education Trust. Appointed: 2012

Glenda Hughes – a former Police Officer, with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. Appointed: 2010

Bryan McMurray - retired from the New Zealand Prison Service in 2008. He has 37 years experience working with offenders in the criminal justice field, has managed prisons and held senior leadership and project manager roles in the Prison Service. Appointed: 2008

Lavinia Nathan - previously managed the Te Piriti Unit for offenders convicted of sexual abuse against children, and is a Community Magistrate. Appointed: 2002

Shannon Pakura - has been Professional Advisor for the Social Worker Registration Board, she has worked extensively in the child protection and youth justice sector, and was the former Chief Social Worker for Child Youth and Family. Appointed: 2008

Sam Perry - partner in law firms for 35 years and current consultant at Brandons. Governance experience in the community sector, including the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2010 to 2014. Apointed: 2015

Fiona Pimm –  worked  in the health sector and for more than 30 years with primary care organisations, DHBs and Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu. Fiona’s interests are management and governance. Appointed: 2015

Paula Rose - former superintendent and national road policing manager who was in 2012 New Years honours awarded Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for services to the police and the community. Appointed: 2014

Alick Shaw - former Wellington Councilor and Deputy Mayor for six years, Mr Shaw has served as Chair on a wide range of Boards within Crown Entities, Council Controlled Organisations and private industry. Mr. Shaw has been an independent hearimgs commissioner since 2006. Appointed: 2011

Dr Jeremy Skipworth - is a forensic psychiatrist and the head of the Mason Clinic. He has worked in forensic services since 1997, and was Deputy Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health 2003-2007. Appointed: 2008

Lawrence Tawera - has completed 24 years with the NZ Probation Service in 2014 having worked in a variety of frontline operational and national management roles. Lawrence recently served as Chairman of a large scale iwi based Ahuwhenua (Farming) Trust located in the Central North Island, and has a commitment to iwi economic and community sustainability. Appointed: 2015

Dr Paul Taylor - A consultant paediatrician, working more recently at Nelson Hospital and the ADD Centre in Wellington and specialising in ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders, both of which increase the likelihood of criminal offending, thus stimulating his interest in the New Zealand justice system. Appointed 2014.

James Thomson - former probation officer and service manager responsible for home detention in Christchurch, and member of the Rolleston and Christchurch District Prison Boards. Appointed: 2002

Tania Williams-Blyth - senior family lawyer and has appeared as counsel in the District Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Appointed: 2014