Major Campbell Roberts

Major Campbell Roberts OF is the National Director of Social Policy for The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. In this role Campbell is responsible for all government and parliamentary relationships for The Salvation Army in New Zealand.  

Campbell is the founder director of The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. The SPPU has a mandate from The Salvation Army to work towards the elimination of poverty in New Zealand by influencing, and engaging nationally, political, corporate, government, education and media leaders. The unit focuses on providing quality social research and policy advice.

Campbell is a passionate New Zealander committed to work with those at the margins of New Zealand society. He has a wide range experience of working in the delivery of Community and Social Services with extensive experience in the management and governance of these services within The Salvation Army and other community organisations. He is a trusted national spokesperson and commentator in many forums on issues of poverty, prison reform, housing, welfare and employment 

Campbell has recently been a member of the New Zealand Government’s Child Commissioner’s Expert Group on poverty, a member of a Government Ministerial inquiry into Housing policy and delivery in New Zealand. He has been a member of various government task forces, boards, working parties, and local government forums around a range of social issues and policies affecting New Zealand life.  

A former President of the New Zealand Council of Social Services, Chairman of the New Zealand Housing Network, he is currently on the Board of the New Zealand Housing Foundation and of a the Justice Reform forum Rethinking Crime and Punishment.

In 2013 Campbell was inducted by General André Cox into the Order of the Founder for his work in areas of social justice.