OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Parks is the Chairman of Onesimus and was an inaugural Board Member of the Foundation. Special Educator and retired Director of Schools (NSW) with significant experience as a school principal including experience in juvenile justice settings.
Rosalie Martin is professional Speech Pathologist and Criminologist. Rosie is the founder of Connect42 and was awarded Tasmanian Australian of the Year for 2017 for her work in helping prisoners crack the code of reading. She is passionate for the important work of prison literacy and the role that speech pathology has in justice and social equity.
Neale Buchanan is now retired after a career in human resources and work health and safety. He has been a senior executive in the Department of Justice where he was Operations Director for WorkSafe Tasmania, Director of the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service and Director of Community Corrections. Has had governance experience as a Director with TasPlan and TasBuild. He was also a member of the Workcover Board and its predecessors from 1994 until 2007.
Dorothy Hobbs has worked in the Tasmanian Government as a Policy Analyst across the emergency management, family and sexual violence, and children and youth portfolios. Her most recent role was in the Department of Communities Tasmania managing the implementation of the Strong Families Safe Kids: Next Steps Action Plan 2021-2023. Dorothy is also a member of the Just Desserts: Drug Court Incentives Group, supporting the Court Mandated Drug (CMD) Diversion Program in the Magistrates Court.
Paul Hayes worked as Probation and Parole Officer with the NSW Corrections. On moving to Tasmania he worked as a psychologist in Disability Services and more recently managed a team of allied health professionals conducting holistic assessments identifying barriers that impacted on clients obtaining and/or maintaining employment. In February 2019 Paul commenced his role with the William Wilberforce Foundation. He continues to practices as a psychologist in private practice.
Norm Reed is the pastor of the Christian Family Centre, a church adjacent to Risdon Prison, Tasmania and founder of Onesimus. Following his Churchill Fellowship trip to Europe and Singapore in 2014, to examine family support services, he developed the role of Family Engagement Worker in Risdon Prison and facilitates a suite of family support services. and reintegration initiatives. Norm is Executive Officer of the Foundation.
WHAT WE DO
Creating Healthy Relationships, Transforming Lives, Changing Communities
We work with people with convictions, their families and communities to create healthy family relationships during incarceration so that on release from prison they will be welcomed home as useful, profitable and fulfilled members of society with a reduced risk of reoffending