Kim Workman is of Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane descent, and a retired public servant, whose career spans roles in the Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Maori Affairs, and the Ministry of Health. He was Head of the Prison Service from 1989 – 1993. Kim is a graduate of Massey University, and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Southern California, and Stanford University.
He was appointed to the position of National Director, Prison Fellowship in 2000, and retired from that position in 2008.
In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice. In 2006 he joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army to launch the “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” Strategy. That project now comes under the Robson Hanan Trust, which is also the legal mantle for “Justspeak” a non-partisan network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system. Kim is now a Strategic Adviser and Spokesperson for the Robson Hanan Trust.
Kim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2007, and served a three year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 – 2011. In 2013, he accepted a position as Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington.