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Our Board








LAW_6735_Lorraine Scanlon-Board Chair_CroppedLorraine Scanlon: Chair

Lorraine has been a passionate supporter of Victim Support for 21 years. She formed the committee to implement services in Buller, and was the inaugural chair of the Buller Local Group Committee.

Lorraine has qualifications in social work, counselling and management from Canterbury University, CPIT, Unitec Auckland and Massey University.

She has been Chair of the National Board since 2006 and participates in strategic thinking, building relationships, contributing to various review working groups including the Constitution, Electoral College and How we Work Together.

The National Board are elected from Local Group Committees around the country and the chair is elected from within the board.  It has nine members, eight elected and one co-opted.  They set the strategy for Victim Support, oversee finances, service delivery, culture and values.

Lorraine lives in Westport, as do three of her children and their partners, another two are in Christchurch with their families and the sixth in in Brisbane.  Her eight grandchildren give her treat delight, inspiration, company and love.

Lorraine is also Chief Executive of Homebuilders West Coast Trust, a child and family support service helping families through a range of services.  In this role she is tasked with leading the organisation to achieve good outcomes for children and families, strategic planning, negotiating and managing contracts, employing staff and volunteers to fulfill contractual obligations, service delivery and financial management.

Richard Smith: Deputy Chair

LAW_6883_v2Richard’s first involvement with Victim Support was in 1991, when he became the new Police Liaison Officer for a Local Group Committee.

Over the past 24 years Richard has remained actively involved with Victim Support, both as a police officer and an individual.  He has held numerous roles with Local Group Committees, along with relieving Victim Support Service Coordinator duties and a trained volunteer Support Worker.

Richard’s various duties within Police were often community focused at either a frontline or management level.  He retired from Police in 2014 allowing him more time to devote to volunteering projects within his community.

Richard is a member of two Local Group Committees and has been a member of the National Board for the past five years.


Don Battah

LAW_0037Don is Chair of Victim Support’s Lower Hutt Local Group Committee.

He is past President of the Eastern Hutt Rotary Club, past Assistant Governor for Rotary District 9940 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Don has qualifications in law, political science and international relations and 20 years in business management including an interest in information technology.

He is a  lawyer and also owns and operates a pharmacy in Lower Hutt with his wife, Lynda.

Aroha Gibb, South Island Māori representative

Aroha is a current member of the Victim Support Invercargill and Districts Local Group Committee and is the Board’s inaugural South Island Māori Representative, joining in October 2016.

In 2011 Aroha formed her own Property Management Company with the vision of providing superior product and service, with pleasing results as the company continues to flourish.

Aroha’s governance experience includes a School Board of Trustees and the consultation committee with the Department of Conservation Southland.

Aroha is proud of the exceptional services provided by Victim Support and especially the commitment given by the volunteer workers, embracing the kaupapa of Victim Support with passion.

Michael Dowling: Treasurer

LAW_9947Michael has been involved with Victim Support since 1998, as a Crisis Worker, Specialist Homicide Worker and is now the Chair of the Kāpiti Mana Local Group Committee.

Michael has extensive governance experience, is director of a privately held company and is an Authorised Financial Advisor, qualified in personal financial planning and risk management.

Judith Karitiana: QSM, JP, Ngati Maru, Ngati Kahungunu: Deputy Chair/North Island Māori representative

LAW_0121Judith has been involved with Victim Support for 18 years.  Starting off as a volunteer, Judith was then asked to be a member of the Whanganui LGC and is now the chairperson.

In addition to her role with Victim Support, Judith, with another person who is still as the centre, instigated and incorporated the Whanganui Peoples Centre.  She has also been an active member of the YMCA Centre Board and the Whanganui Resource Disability Centre, Community Law and the Learning Centre.

Judith is a life member of the Volunteer Centre in Whanganui.  She is a Justice of the Peace and in 2008 was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to the community.

Rob Marshall

LAW_0152Rob first became involved with Victim Support in Auckland city as a police inspector when he was appointed liaison officer with the Local Group Committee for the area.  He has been chairman of that group for 18 years and joined the national Victim Support Board in 2014.

Rob was in the police for 35 years, most of his time with the criminal investigation branch.  After he retired, Rob worked in internal audit and risk and assurance groups in the Department of Labour and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

He has now retired a second time so he can be more involved with Victim Support.

Gwen Neave: ONZM, JP

LAW_0104“What is the most important thing in the whole world?  It is people, it is people, it is people.” – this Māori proverb resonates powerfully with me and I have strong empathy for the work of Victim Support.

Gwen has been involved with Victim Support as a volunteer since late 1998.

She passionately supports the kaupapa of Victim Support and is pleased to be an active member of the Invercargill and Districts Local Group Committee and a member of the national board.

Gwen lives on Stewart Island with her husband Garry where they operate a successful fishing business.

She is also a justice of the peace and a marriage and funeral celebrant.  Living at the bottom of the country is no barrier to Gwen’s involvement in a busy life – she commutes regularly to Southland and beyond.

Gwen has a strong background of working in the arts, cultural, health and education sectors.  In 2001 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and community.

Her other interests include: Director of Sister Cities New Zealand, Member Venture Southland Trust, Board member Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Chairperson Toi Rakiura Arts Trust (Stewart Island), and Member Southland District Council’s International Relations Committee.


Nicky Rawlings

Nicky’s involvement with Victim Support started as a volunteer in 1989 due to a personal crisis, from then onwards she undertook the volunteer training to become a crisis worker, and then a team leader for numerous years. Nicky was then asked to join the Napier Local Group Committee and has been Chairperson since 2014.

Originally from Essex in England, Nicky’s family moved to Napier. Nicky and husband Bernie own a lifestyle home in Poraiti which keeps them grounded.

Nicky works with a group of wonderful people in the horticultural industry as an HR Advisor with T&G Pipfruit. While working as part of a global organisation brings many challenges, Nicky enjoys working with people and their individual needs.

Passionate about helping others, Nicky’s experience and attributes will positively contribute to the Victim Support Board.

“Supporting victims is what we do and it is a great privilege to be able to help a fellow citizen, a fellow human being.”