Fortuin in new role
Gregory Fortuin has been appointed executive chairman of Prison Fellowship New Zealand.
The Whitby resident, ex-race relations conciliator and former mayoral aspirant takes over the reins from Ian Elliott.
Mr Fortuin is well known in community circles. Moving from South Africa 20 years ago, he has been managing director of AXA New Zealand, the Honorary Consul for South Africa, and has had government appointments on boards including NZ Post and ACC. He recently completed a term as a family commissioner, and now serves on the boards of Whitireia Polytechnic, Wellington Polytechnic and chairs Streets Ahead for at-risk youth in Porirua.
He says the community is where he sees the service having the greatest impact in reducing recidivism.
‘‘This is a new space for many to work in but we bring considerable expertise in dealing with prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families by mobilising church and other community organisations to provide the wraparound support that is required to help people live crime-free. I look forward to this new role and assisting communities to be a major part of the solution.’’
Department of Corrections chief executive Ray Smith says Mr Fortuin’s appointment is at a vital time for Prison Fellowship, as it seeks to better use its expertise and passion for helping prisoners and ex-prisoners to live crime-free in our communities.
‘‘His understanding of the key government goal for reducing reoffending will help us translate our partnership agreement into action.’’