Jenny is a qualified teacher and lawyer admitted in Queensland. She recently updated her skills through finishing an LLM (Hons Auckland Uni). She has spent over 30 years working towards social justice — she has volunteered in Community Law for many years, was on the Board of Marlborough Community Law, and is currently on the Board of Community Law Canterbury. She has worked in unions, the Human Rights Commission, prison advocacy, local government and in community organisations. She has held a range of appointments including as an official visitor in prisons, a commonwealth environmental inquiry commissioner, an investigator under Whistle Blower provisions and a University Halls of resident mediator in Australia. She has consulted widely on employment related matters. She is currently the chair of Mediation Services, a free community mediation provider.
Jason is on the board of the Rotorua District Community Law Centre, and is a trustee on a number of charitable trusts. In his legal practice he regularly advises small to medium sized businesses, iwi trust boards, rūnanga and not for profit organisations.
Tom is the manager for Waitematā Community Law Center and is a trustee on a number of local community groups and trusts within the Waitematā region. Tom also participates in advisory groups which include the district courts, NZ Police, Iwi leadership groups and local marae.
Rachel Mullins (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu) studied law so she could become a voice for those who do not otherwise have a voice. She has worked for Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre, has been an executive member of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa (NZ Māori Law Society) and from 2014 to 2016 was the Tūmuaki Wahine/Co-President. She is currently Chairperson of her children’s kura Board of Trustees. Her legal practice is predominately in the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal. Rachel is also regularly engaged by Boards of Trustees as an independent investigator in school matters.
Allan Hall is a retired Gisborne Solicitor who specialised in Family Law and Māori Land Law, was Gisborne Coroner and a Gisborne District Councillor. He now provides pro bono support to Tairāwhiti Community Law Centre, is Co-Chair of a local advisory committee for CCS Disability and is President of Gisborne U3A.
Glenn’s working life has been predominantly in working for unions, most recently at the PSA Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi where he was employed initially as a senior policy advisor and then as national secretary until his retirement in 2020.
He previously worked for the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education Te Hau Takitini o Aotearoa, which is now the Tertiary Education Union and as executive director for the NZ Association of Occupational Therapists, the professional association for OTs.
Glenn is currently involved in vocational education and training as co-chair of the Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group and a board member with Toitu te Waiora, the Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council.
He is also co-convenor of the ACC Futures Coalition, which campaigns for ACC reform, and chair of Tax Justice Aotearoa, which advocates for a fairer tax system to help address inequality.
Juanita Bennett started her journey with Community Law in 2005 as a volunteer at Te Tari Ture a-Hapori o Waikato. Soon after completing her LLB/BMS she joined the centre as a solicitor, followed by her current role as General Manager. She was appointed to Community Law Centres o Aotearoa board in 2021. Juanita is passionate about the law and particularly advocating for those who cannot do it themselves or access legal help.
“Access to legal services should be available to all individuals – not to only those who can afford it. What inspires me the most in my role is the endless generosity and humanity of those who work collectively to help others”.
Sara-Jane is a Director of ECG, a boutique full-service consultancy which provides a range of services for both public and private sector clients. She is Chair for Community Law South Auckland, Failoa Famili trust, a Director for Good Shepherd NZ, Trustee for CLCA, Sports Chaplaincy NZ and a ministerial appointee for Pacific Media Network.
In 2020 she has been recognised as a 40 Under 40 Business Leader from the University of Auckland Alumnus, and a finalist in the “NZ Women of Influence” awards for her contribution to Arts and Culture. Her key strengths include leadership analysis, stakeholder engagement, employment relations, policy and cultural intelligence.
Sue has spent her working life advocating for social justice. She is a former trade unionist, journalist and law-maker.
Sue was a Member of Parliament 2005-2017, where she championed the extension of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks, ensured workers had a legal right to rest and meal breaks, campaigned for pay equity and exposed significant fraud in the Ministry of Transport and extravagant spending at Waikato DHB which led to the high-profile resignations.
Hailing from the Waikato, Sue has a strong interest in ensuring access to justice to people, wherever they may live in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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