OUR BOARD



  • Julia Spelman

    Board Chair

    After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington, Julia (Ngati Hikairo Ki Kawhia) spent two years clerking for the Principal Family Court Judge. During this time, she helped to set up JustSpeak as a movement of young people committed to reform of the criminal justice system. Julia worked in New York and the UK on criminal justice issues and returned to Aotearoa in 2015. She now works as a defence lawyer in South Auckland, regularly appearing in the Manukau, Papakura, and Pukekohe District Courts. Julia joined the Robson Hanan trust board in 2015.


  • Kate Stone

    Board Secretary

    Kate was one of the founding members of JustSpeak motivated to be involved by the need for a more balanced, diverse and evidence based dialogue on criminal justice issues. Kate completed her studies in law and political science/international relations in 2010 and has done post-graduate research on the disproportionate disenfranchisement of Māori in the criminal justice system. She has worked as a criminal defence lawyer and as a lawyer in Treaty of Waitangi and Māori legal issues, and constitutional and human rights law. Kate joined the Robson Hanan Trust Board in 2015 and was recently elected Secretary for the Board.


  • Andrea Black

    Board Treasurer

    Andrea comes to us from almost two decades at Inland Revenue and Treasury where she was a tax specialist. She is now on a gap year while she works out what she wants to be when she grows up. Andrea is a trustee for Yoga Education in Prisons trust and writes a tax blog www.letstalkabouttaxnz.com. She is very concerned by the increasing social imbalances in New Zealand of which the rising prison population is the starkest example. As well as raising the average age for JustSpeak Andrea is our Policy Coordinator.


  • Kim Workman

    Board Member and Strategic Advisor

    Dr Kim Workman (of Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane descent) spent nearly four decades within the public sector, with career roles within the Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Maori Affairs, and Ministry of Health, including a stint as Head of the Prison Service. Kim was then Director of Prison Fellowship until 2008. In 2006, Kim joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army to launch the ‘Rethinking Crime and Punishment’ strategy, and has since lent his expertise to JustSpeak as a strategic advisor and board member. Kim is a graduate of Massey University, and has completed post-graduate study after receiving two Churchill Fellowship awards. In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice and was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2007. In 2016 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature on the 19th of May this year by the Victoria University Council. Kim is currently an adjunct Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University. and finishing his book on ‘The Criminal Justice System, the State and Maori, from 1985 to the Present’ – due for publication in 2017.


  • Julia Whaipooti

    Board Member

    Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou) is a passionate advocate for systemic change. She is a Senior Advisor at the Children’s Commission and spokesperson for JustSpeak. She sees many of the issues within our criminal justice system as reflecting the social justice failures in broader society. Julia believes in the power of young people’s experiences and voices to be visionary, hopeful and impatient for change. She has been involved in the Community Law movement over the past 8 years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer and National Māori Co-ordinator. She is the proudest aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where they, future generations and all children have the equal chance to imagine and to reach their potential.


  • Tracey McIntosh

    Board Member

    Dr Tracey McIntosh (Ngai Tuhoe) is Director of the Centre of Research Excellence Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and is an Associate Professor in Sociology at The University of Auckland. Tracey has worked and researched in the Pacific, France and Central Africa. She has lectured at the University since 1999, and in 2004-2005 was a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown, Washington D.C. Her research has two distinct threads: one that looks at the addressing critical social issues that are significant to Māori and the nation (with a particular interest on the criminal justice system) and the other with an international focus on processes of marginalisation to vulnerable communities.


  • Phil McCarthy

    Board Member

    Phil spent 38 years in the NZ Public Service. His introduction to the Justice sector came in 1993 when he supported the Ministerial Inquiry into Mangaroa (now Hawkes Bay Regional) Prison. He spent 16 years in the Departments of Justice/Corrections, including 10 years managing New Zealand’s prison system (1995-2006). He retired from the Public Service in December 2009 at which point he joined the Robson Hanan Board. Phil subsequently worked for Rethinking/JustSpeak, including a brief period as Executive Director in 2013. He has been National Director of PFNZ since October 2013; alongside the Salvation Army, that organisation birthed JustSpeak’s predecessor - Rethinking Crime and Punishment, in 2005.


  • Pam Thorburn

    Board Member

    Pam started her career working in the health sector eventually obtaining a 3 year qualification specialising in the area of cardiopulmonary medicine. Since then she has worked in a number of different organisations and roles within the public and private sectors, eventually heading a large national public sector service within the New Zealand Justice Department. She initially joined Victoria University of Wellington as a guest lecturer in the then Institute of Criminology, and after a time in other public sector senior management roles and as a private consultant she returned to the University as Director of Central Student Administration in 2000. In 2009 the administration and student services units were merged to create the directorate of Student Academic Services and she took up the role of Director at the beginning of 2010. As Director, she has responsibility for a range of services that cover the student experience portfolio from recruitment to graduation. Pam is a member of the Victoria University of Wellington Academic Board and part of the wider leadership group. Pam also serves on a number of other committees within the university and tertiary sector. Her experience also includes service on a number of private and public sector Boards ether as a trustee or in an advisory role nationally and internationally.


  • Jordan Anderson

    Board Member and Research Coordinator

    Jordan is a Criminology PhD candidate at Victoria University, and her research focusses on dangerousness and risk in modern New Zealand society. Her areas of interest also include punitiveness, sentencing policy, and imprisonment. Jordan is passionate about criminal justice, and got involved with JustSpeak because she strongly believes in an evidence based approach to criminal justice policy.