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.
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.
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 .
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.
District Court Judge 1995-2014. Appointed Chair of the Manawatu District Prison Board in 1997, and to the Parole Board in 2003. Appointed: 2017.
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.
Judge 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 is an experienced family lawyer, and a mediator. She has represented prisoners at the NZ Parole Board, and is a former registered nurse. Mary has experience in governance with community organisations, and in 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.
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 the Clinical Director of the forensic psychiatry service at the Canterbury District Health Board, and a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Consultant in the areas of governance, management and evaluation. Appointed: 2012.
More than 38 years experience in the newspaper industry, including as a reporter, editor, advertising and circulation manager and general manager. Appointed: 2014.
Has a strong business management background leading several large companies and has also been involved in key governance roles. Appointed: 2017.
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
A former police officer with a degree in sociology and criminology. Appointed: 2010
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 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 is an experienced employment lawyer with a background in mediation, business, and assisting not-for-profit organisations.. Appointed: 2017.
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.
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.
Paula Rose QSO
Paula is a former Police superintendent and national road policing manager who was awarded Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for services to the police and the community in the 2012 New Years honours. Appointed: 2014.
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.
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 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.