Hamish BaxterChairman of Board
Hamish is Pastor of Royal Oak Baptist in Auckland. He graduated in Criminology and worked for a time for the Dept of Corrections in several roles including Intervention Services and Probation.
Phil spent 38 years in the NZ Public Service, culminating with 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. Phil has been married to Mary Clare since 1980 and they have three adult children. He remains deeply influenced by his Catholic heritage and has been an active member of Tawa Anglican Parish since 1998. He is an occasional preacher and is on the boards of both the Robson Hanan Trust (JustSpeak) and Challenge 2000, a Wellington youth development agency. He has been ND of PFNZ since October 2013.
Basil WakelinDeputy Chairman of Board
Basil had a varied career as an engineer. He describes his current occupations as consulting engineer, grandfather, church worker, and volunteer prison visitor. Basil has worked in NZ, UK, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, China, Pakistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand plus short missions to Singapore and Afghanistan and other countries. He led the International Engineering Alliance and is a warden of All Saints Anglican Parish.
Ian ElliottPFNZ Board
Ian has been a farmer and farm advisor for 30 years, and has been involved with PFNZ since 1987. Ian became a Board member in 1990, and was appointed as its Chairman in 1995, standing down in 2012. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prison Fellowship International.
Lesley HooperPFNZ Board
Lesley is Director of Charitable Services for the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington. Lesley is a parishioner at St Anne’s in Newtown and chairs the Board of Challenge 2000 a Wellington youth and family trust “committed to responding to the Gospel by working with people in the search for social justice, social responsibility and personal dignity.”
Lawrence JensenPFNZ Board
Lawrence is from Hamilton and his whakapapa tribal affiliation is Ngati Porou. He currently Chairs a CYF Care & Protection Resource Panel, and is a Kaumatua Advisor of Te Kooti Rangatahi-Youth Court at a local Marae in Hamilton. He has co-chaired the boards of HAIP (Hamilton Abuse Intervention Programme) and the National Network of Stopping Violence and has worked as a Bicultural Therapist in Corrections’ Special Treatment Units and rewritten Rehabilitation programs with Corrections’ Psychological Services. Lawrence is s a firm believer in the Tikanga Rua-Bicultural Journey that honours the Treaty of Waitangi and can build a robust country. The application of whakapono-faith, tumanako-hope and aroha-love is Christianity in action; he waka eke noa- we are all in this boat (of faith) together.
Glen BucknerPFNZ Board
Glen has a Salvation Army background working with youth in his church over 20 years. He has been involved in TSA reintegration services since 2007 and was appointed their National Operations Manager in 2012.
Henry FeletiPFNZ Board
Henry Feleti has been Senior Pastor of Hosanna World Service Church in Auckland since March 2006 and was a Corrections Officer and Unit Manager with the Department of Corrections in the 20 years prior to that. He has a Bachelor of Applied Theology from Carey and is pursuing a Masters qualification.