Sir Ron Young
Sir Ron was appointed chairperson of the New Zealand Parole Board in August 2018.
He has spent more than 27 years in the judiciary, 14 of those as a High Court Judge before he stepped down in 2015.
Sir Ron was Chief District Court Judge from 1993 until 2001, responsible for overseeing 112 judges from the criminal, civil, Family, and Youth court jurisdictions nationwide.
Sir Ron was previously a member of the Chief Justice’s panel reviewing media televising, photographing and use of sound recording in court.
He is a current Judge of both the Solomon Islands' Court of Appeal and the Vanuatu Court of Appeal, and has sat on the divisional courts of the Court of Appeal in New Zealand.
Judge Louis Bidois
Was appointed as a District Court Judge in July 2002. Judge Bidois’ tribal affiliation is to Te Arawa. Appointed: 2011.
Judge Charles Blackie
Was appointed a District Court Judge in 1998, and has been Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pitcairn Island since 2000. Was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to the judiciary in 2017. Appointed: 2017.
Tania Williams Blyth
Is a senior family lawyer, who has appeared as counsel in both the District Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Appointed: 2014.
Barrister with expertise in human rights and public law. Currently a deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, and formerly a Crown Counsel with Crown Law, Martha joined the independent bar in 2014. Appointed: 2014.
Judge Michael Crosbie
Appointed to the District Court Bench in 2001, and served as Chairperson of the Wanganui District Prison Board from 2001 to 2003. Appointed: 2003.
A District Court and Family Court Judge from 1991 to 2017 with special interest in mental health law and restorative justice. Appointed: 2019.
Phil Gittos QSO
District Court Judge 1994-2014. Was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to the judiciary in 2014. Appointed: 2014.
Judge Jane Lovell-Smith
Appointed District Court Judge in 1994 and chaired the Auckland District Prison Board. Appointed: 2002.
Annabel Markham Annabel was admitted to the bar in 1995 and has over 25 years’ experience, predominantly as a criminal lawyer. Prior to this appointment she was a Senior Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office, specialising in difficult and complex criminal appeals. Appointed: 2020
Judge David Mather
Was appointed a District and Family Court Judge in 1997. Appointed May: 2012.
Neil MacLean QSO
Is the former Chief Coroner and before that a District Court Judge. Received the Queens Service Order (QSO) in 2015. Appointed: 2017.
An experienced family lawyer and mediator who has represented offenders at the NZ Parole Board. Former registered nurse with experience in governance with community organisations and health advocacy. Appointed: 2016.
Judge Eddie Paul
Was sworn in as a District Court Judge at Auckland in 2008. Appointed: 2010.
Is the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, and a former executive director of the Law Society. Appointed: 2008.
Is the deputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner, and has wide experience both in private practice and as an in-house solicitor in the public sector. Appointed: 2011.
Judge Arthur Tompkins
Became a District Court Judge in 1997, and is the editor of Art Crime and its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Art Professionals. Appointed: 2004.
Is a former Assistant Police Commissioner (2000-2001) and barrister with 40 years’ experience working in and around the criminal justice system. Appointed: 2008.
Judge Jan Walker Judge Walker has practised law around the North Island and was previously employed as District Solicitor Maori Affairs in Rotorua. She was appointed as District Court Judge in 2005 and sat in both the North Shore and Auckland District Courts. She retired from the Bench in November 2020. Appointed: 2020
Forensic psychiatrist members
Associate Professor Philip Brinded
is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine, and was previously the Clinical Director of the Canterbury District Health Board forensic psychiatry service. Dr Brinded has specialised in forensic psychiatry since 1984, and in 1988 he conducted bi-cultural assessments at Auckland Prison as part of the Mason Commission of Inquiry. He has extensive experience in all aspects of civil and criminal forensic psychiatry, expert witness evidence, risk assessment, inpatient and prison based psychiatric practice. Appointed: 2004.
Dr Jeremy Skipworth
is a forensic psychiatrist, who also works at the Mason Clinic in Auckland where he was Clinical Director from 2010-2019. He has clinical experience in both acute and rehabilitation forensic settings, as well as in prisons, the community, and was Deputy Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health from 2003-2007. Dr Skipworth has lectured on medico-legal report writing, giving expert evidence, and applying the law to mental health issues. He has published in international journals relating to his particular areas of interest, which include risk assessment, rehabilitation, and mental health legislation reform. Appointed: 2008.
Chester is a former Minister for Courts, police officer, prosecutor, and defence counsel. He has recently chaired the government’s Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. Appointed: 2019.
Karen is on the board of Ngāi Tahu’s governing body, and is a board member with Transparency International NZ. She has over 15 years’ governance experience across NGO’s, Capital and Coast District Health Board, and several Māori trusts. Appointed: 2019
Currently Principal Advisor for the Salvation Army and has previously worked for the Tertiary Education Commission. His PhD is in the area of public policy. Appointed: 2017
Materoa has served in leadership, academic, and governance positions in education, iwi, community and Māori women’s development for over 30 years. She is a former social sciences commissioner with UNESCO. Appointed: 2019
Dr Sally Davis
Doctor of Clinical Psychology, practitioner and consultant with experience in mental health issues and a range of offending behaviours. Appointed: 2015
More than 38 years experience in the newspaper industry, including as a reporter, editor, advertising and circulation manager and general manager. Appointed: 2014
A registered clinical psychologist with 30 years of practice across a number of settings including the justice sector, health, private practice and not for profit Christian organisations. Appointed 2016
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
Is a clinical psychologist who has a background in New Zealand public prison management and prisoner rehabilitation. From 2008 to 2014 he helped to establish the Vanuatu Corrections Service and Parole Board. Appointed: 2017
Marian brings more than 40 years’ experience of working in the social service sector in New Zealand and the UK. She has held senior roles working with asylum seekers and refugees, families with a relative experiencing major mental health issues, people who have been sexually abused, and victims of crime.
Bryan has 40 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
Michael is an experienced employment lawyer with a background in mediation, business, and assisting not-for-profit organisations.. Appointed: 2017
Associate Professor Khylee Quince Khylee has overseen academic and pastoral support for Māori and Pasifika law students for most of her 20-year academic career. Her core area of research focus is Māori and criminal justice – including imprisonment and female and youth offenders. Currently, she is Director of Māori and Pacific Advancement at the Auckland University of Technology. Appointed 2020
A partner in law firms for 35 years and current consultant at Brandons. Governance experience in the community sector, including with the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2010 to 2014. Appointed: 2015
Fiona affiliates to Ngāi Tahu iwi with whakapapa links across the Ngāi Tahu rohe, though she identifies Arowhenua as her whanau home. She is an executive leader with extensive experience in governance roles in the health sector, government agencies, community NGO, local iwi and runanga. Appointed: 2015
Campbell is the founding director of the Salvation Army social policy and parliamentary unit. He has held a range of governance roles with the New Zealand Housing Foundation, Robson Hanan Trust, Community Housing Aotearoa, and Habitat for Humanity. Campbell has held several ministerial appointments and was a member of the Children's Commissioner's expert advisory group on child poverty. Appointed: 2019
Paula Rose QSO
Paula is a former Police superintendent, and now a Canterbury-based director and safety professional. She holds a number of board positions including deputy chair of WorkSafe NZ, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and the Social Workers Registration Board. Paula was recognised in the 2012 New Year’s honours for services to the police and the community. Appointed: 2014
Tania has been in practice as a Barrister Sole since 2015 and currently Senior Counsel Assisting in the Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care. She is the President of the Pacific Lawyers Association and is a current member of the New Zealand Law Society Legal Services Committee. Appointed 2020.
Alistair was the Board’s founding manager and spent two decades in the role before being appointed a member himself. He is a public servant with 49 years’ service across courts, social development, and corrections. Appointed: 2019
Wai is a former captain and coach of the Silver Ferns. She is also a former secondary school teacher, with public service employment and governance experience in New Zealand and the UK. Appointed: 2016
Carolina is currently a legal assistance panel lawyer for the Royal Commission of Inquiry: Abuse in Care. Her legal career has included 18 months as a Deputy Registrar/Court Office at the Family Court in Manukau and 13 years as a lawyer in South Auckland. Appointed 2020
Former probation officer with national management experience over 23 years. 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
Sir Kim Workman, KNZM, QSO (NgātiKahungunu, Rangitaane) Sir Kim is a veteran criminal justice advocate and served as Families Commissioner between 2008 and 2011. He has been a long-time advocate of prisoners' rights and for reform in the criminal justice system. His career spans roles in the Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Māori Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Justice. Appointed 2020.