Who's who


  • 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.

Panel convenors

  • 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.

    Martha Coleman

    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.

    Geoffrey Ellis

    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.

    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 was a District Court Judge. Received the Queens Service Order (QSO) in 2015. Appointed: 2017.

    Mary More

    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.

    Alan Ritchie

    Is the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, and a former executive director of the Law Society. Appointed: 2008.

    Kathryn Snook

    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.

    Neville Trendle

    Is a former Assistant Police Commissioner (2000-2001) and barrister with 40 years’ experience working in and around the criminal justice system. Appointed: 2008.

    Tania Williams Blyth

    Is a senior family lawyer, who has appeared as counsel in both the District Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Appointed: 2014.

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 and the head of the Mason Clinic in Auckland. 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.

Community members

  • Leith Comer

    Former 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

    Greg Coyle

    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

    Grant Crowley

    Formerly a senior officer in the NZ Army he was chief executive of a law and 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

    Consultant in the 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

    Robert Gray

    Has a strong business management background leading several large companies and has also been involved in key governance roles. Appointed: 2017

    Alan Hackney

    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

    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

    Chris King

    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

  • Bryan McMurray

    Bryan 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

    Michael Quigg

    Michael is an experienced employment lawyer with a background in mediation, business, and assisting not-for-profit organisations.. Appointed: 2017

    Shannon Pakura

    Shannon was a former Chief Social Worker for Child Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki). She has been professional advisor for the Social Workers Registration Board, and has worked extensively in the child protection and youth justice sector. Appointed: 2008

    Sam Perry

    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 Pimm

    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

    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 Years honours for services to the police and the community. Appointed: 2014

    Waimarama Taumaunu

    Wai is a former Silver Ferns coach and secondary school teacher, with public service employment and governance experience in New Zealand and the UK. Appointed: 2016

    Lawrence Tawera

    Former probation officer with national management experience over 24 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

    Jim Thomson

    Jim was a Community Probation Service manager from 1997-2002, with responsibility for home detention in Christchurch. He was the Community Probation Service member of the Rolleston and Christchurch District Prisons Boards. Appointed: 2002