Appointments process and Act
Members in 2016/17
Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.
The Minister of Justice is responsible for the legislation which governs the Board's role and responsibilities.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE NZ PAROLE BOARD (Parole Act 2002 section 111)
(1) The Board consists of members who are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.
(2) The Board must include—
(a) 1 member who is appointed as chairperson; and
(b) at least 9 members who are appointed as panel convenors; and
(c) sufficient other members to enable the Board to carry out its functions efficiently and effectively.
(3) Before recommending a person as a member, the Attorney-General must be satisfied that the person has—
(a) knowledge or understanding of the criminal justice system; and
(b) the ability to make a balanced and reasonable assessment of the risk an offender may present to the community when released from detention; and
(c) the ability to operate effectively with people from a range of cultures; and
(d) sensitivity to, and understanding of, the impact of crime on victims (as defined in section 4 of the Victims’ Rights Act 2002).
Hon. Justice J W Gendall QC CNZM - 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 New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012. Appointed: 2012
Hon. Marion Frater CNZM - 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. She was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2017. Appointed: 2007
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 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 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
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
Associate Professor Philip Brinded – forensic psychiatrist in private practice. Appointed: 2004
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
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
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
Mary More - is an experienced family lawyer, and a mediator. She represented inmates before the Parole Board and is a former registered nurse. Mary has experience in governance with community organisations, and in health advocacy. Appointed 2016
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
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
Waimarama Taumaunu - is a former Silver Ferns coach; secondary school teacher; public service employment and governance experience in New Zealand and Great Britain. Appointed 2016.
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 - 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