The Minister of Corrections Hon Kelvin Davis is responsible for determining policy and exercising statutory powers and functions related to the Corrections portfolio.
The Minister is also responsible to Parliament for ensuring Corrections carries out its functions properly and efficiently.
Powers and functions of the Minister of Corrections
The Corrections Act 2004 creates several powers and functions such as:
- Giving general directions to the Chief Executive relating to the exercise of their powers and functions (Section 7)
- Any other powers and functions conferred under the Corrections Act 2004 or regulations made under it (Section 7)
- Setting pay rates for part-time Probation Officers
- Declaring land or buildings to be a prison or community work centre (Section 30 and Section 32)
- Requisitioning land and buildings in an emergency (Section 191)
- Approving pay rates for working prisoners (Section 66)
- Setting the cost of imprisonment so it can be deducted from the earnings of prisoners on Release to Work (Section 68)
- Consenting to the Chief Executive contracting out escort and courtroom custodial services (Section 166 and Section 170)
Chief Executive and leadership team
Jeremy Lightfoot is Chief Executive. Corrections operates six groups led by the chief executive and executive leadership team. Our one team approach ensures teams work together effectively.
The executive leadership team provides a clear and unified vision for Corrections. They lead our priorities and provide visible leadership. Working with four regional commissioners, the executive leadership team sets direction and develops our strategy and business plans.
Jeremy Lightfoot, Chief Executive
Appointed as Chief Executive in February 2020, Jeremy leads a workforce of nearly 9,000 people who manage around 10,000 people in prison and 30,000 people serving sentences or orders in the community.
He played a critical leadership role in developing Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ five-year strategy setting out our commitment to eliminating the over representation of Māori in the criminal justice system. Hōkai Rangi seeks to create safer environments and communities for everyone by placing wellbeing at the heart of everything we do, developing positive relationships and showing manaaki.
Jeremy has held numerous roles since joining Corrections in 2010 – including Deputy CE, General Manager of Finance, Technology and Commercial, and National Commissioner. He was also the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Director for the Wiri Prison Project (Now Auckland South Corrections Facility) overseeing the country’s first PPP to combine design, build, financing and operation of a prison.
Jeremy has extensive public sector, commercial and contract management experience both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with a strong focus on PPPs and Public Finance Initiatives.
Richard Waggott, DCE People and Capability
Ko Cheviot te maunga, ko Tyne te awa, ko North Sea te moana, ko Ingarihi te iwi, ko Richard Waggott toku ingoa. Tēnā koutou katoa.
Richard Waggott became DCE People & Capability in August 2020, making him responsible for delivering all People services, and Health & Safety services to over 9,000 staff across 17 prisons and 150 Community Corrections Sites.
He leads the ministerial, media, and organisational change teams for Corrections, and a Justice Sector wide team that delivers innovative approaches such as Bail Support and Pre-Trial Services.
Richard has been with Corrections since 2004 in a number of roles including DCE Corporate Services, DCE Service Development, General Manager Human Resources and Director of Learning and Development.
He has over 20 years’ experience across the public and private sector and is passionate about delivering better and fairer social outcomes through the growth and development of people.
Kei te tika te korero, Ma pango, ma whero ka oti te mahi
The saying is true, when we come together, the work gets done.
Juanita Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive Health Services
Ko Moehau te maunga, ko Waihau te awa, ko Te Kapakapa te moana, ko Tainui te waka, ko Ngāti Maru, ko Ngāti Airangi, ko Ngāti Kotemana ngā iwi, no Hauraki ahau, ko Juanita Ryan toku ingoa
Juanita joined Corrections 12 years ago as a psychologist in the Waikato. As Deputy Chief Executive Health Services, Juanita is responsible for the operational delivery of health, mental health, addictions and disability services for people on remand or serving sentences.
She’s worked as a principal psychologist, Director Programmes and Interventions, and Chief Psychologist. Frontline experience seeing and treating people in care has given Juanita a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities we now face.
In her present role Juanita has worked to strengthen leadership and service delivery within the Health Rōpu.
The Health Services team have a clear focus and vision to transform health services to support and enable Pae Ora and achieve equity of Health care for Māori health. Four key priorities sit under this objective.
The priorities are developing a kaupapa Māori Health Service, developing a Health Services Governance Framework and an Outcomes Measurement Tool, and strengthening and expanding mental health and addiction services.
She is committed to working towards social justice and equity of outcomes for Māori and she greatly values the relationships Corrections has formed with iwi and mana whenua.
Alice Sciascia, Deputy Chief Executive Finance Planning and Assurance
Alice was appointed Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Planning and Assurance (DCE FPA) in March 2023.
She has a depth and breadth of experience in the Justice Sector, having previously been Chief Adviser System Transformation reporting to the Chief Executive of Corrections, and Director of the Justice Cluster Budget initiative on behalf of the Justice agencies.
Alice has a passion for improving New Zealand’s social systems. Previously a consultant she spent 18 years primarily advising the government’s social sector as well as community-based and Māori organisations. She is focused on enabling citizen-centric design and fundamentally believes that empowering community-led solutions is the key to New Zealand’s wellbeing. Alice has seen how necessary it is that the voice of the community is elevated and at the forefront of policy and investment decision-making.
As DCE FPA, Alice leads a team providing specialist advice and support in a range of areas through Finance, Audit, Integrity Risk and Security, Legal Services, the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office, Performance Analytics, and operational support to the New Zealand Parole Board.
Alice is from Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and grew up in the Horowhenua, then Hawke's Bay. She lives in Wellington with her husband and two young children.
Alastair Turrell, Deputy Chief Executive Infrastructure and Digital Assets
Nō Kotirana ōku tipuna o tōku mama, nō Ingarangi ōku tipuna o tōku papa, ko Devon te awa e rere atu ana, ko Te Nebit te Mauao e tū kaha, ko Stirling te rohe e noho whakahīhī ana, ko Campbell te iwi, ko Weir te hapū e manaaki ana, i tipu ake ahau i Waihopai, engari, kei Te Whanganui a Tara ahau e noho.
Alastair was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in June 2022 and leads the Infrastructure and Digital Assets (IDA) team. IDA’s responsibility is to ensure the effective provision of infrastructure and systems to enable our front-line staff and partners across the custody, community and corporate environments. The IDA group includes National Property, Information Systems (IS), Electronic Security (ES), National Procurement, Commercial/contracts management, and the Departments PPP commercial partnerships.
Alastair joined the Department in 2018 as Chief Digital Officer. He has led the transformation of our digital and business teams toward product-oriented working, and to enable a step change in how the Department manages and uses secure, mobile, cloud-based technology products and services.
Before joining Corrections Alastair had a career in engineering and in senior roles with NZ and international technology firms. He has experience with large scale commercial and contract relationships, with scale build programmes and in building and deploying complex digital systems.
Topia Rameka, Deputy Chief Executive Māori
Topia Rameka was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Māori at Ara Poutama Aotearoa in October 2019, after over 10 years as the Chief Executive of Tuwharetoa Iwi Trust.
He had been a member of Corrections' Māori leadership board, Te Poari Hautū Rautaki Māori, which worked alongside frontline staff, service providers, academics and other Māori experts to assist in the development of the final Hōkai Rangi 2019 – 2024 strategy.
The DCE Māori role was created as one of the first actions in Hōkai Rangi, focussed on maximising positive outcomes for Māori in the corrections system. Now, the DCE Māori business group has been resourced to include a Rautaki Māori Strategy & Partnerships team as well as key organisational functions including Policy, Research & Evaluation, Psychology & Programmes, Reintegration & Housing, critical change portfolios and the Māori Pathways Programme.
Leigh Marsh, National Commissioner
Leigh was appointed acting National Commissioner in late 2022.
Corrections Services is our operational arm, made up of all frontline service delivery positions operating across four regions, as well as specialist support groups based at National Office.
- Chief Executive Corrections – Jeremy Lightfoot
- National Commissioner Corrections Services – Leigh Marsh (Acting)
- Deputy Chief Executive, Finance, Planning and Assurance – Mathew Allen (Acting)
- Deputy Chief Executive, People and Capability – Richard Waggott
- Deputy Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Digital Assets – Alastair Turrell
- Deputy Chief Executive, Māori – Topia Rameka
- Deputy Chief Executive, Health – Juanita Ryan
- Northern Region – Sean Mason
- Central Region – Terry Buffery
- Lower North Region – Liz Hawthorn
- Southern Region – Glenn Morrison (Acting)
Within each region, a number of districts and a local management team work to find solutions for local issues. Frontline staff make sure that every interaction with offenders helps them to break the cycle of offending.