Major Campbell Roberts
Campbell Roberts is the founder and Director of the Salvation Army's Social Policy Research and Parliamentary Affairs Unit, and Director of the Salvation Army’s $100m social services in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. These operations include running hospices, homecare services, addiction services, sheltered accommodation, employment training and early childhood education.
Campbell has been a serial social entrepreneur in developing the Salvation Army's welfare and social policy initiatives in New Zealand, as well as being a leader in wider church and community initiatives on poverty and housing issues, and on prison reform.
In the 1970s, Campbell initiated the Inter-Church Trade and Industry Mission which provides chaplaincy services on a part-time basis to industry and government departments. He was also part of developing the Salvation Army’s national network of Community Work Schemes, and supporting community services to the unemployed.
In the 1980s, he founded the Community Service Operation of the Salvation Army in South Auckland, and in the 1990s managed the total re-organisation of the Salvation Army Social and Community Services throughout New Zealand.
In recent years, Campbell helped establish the New Zealand Housing Foundation which is supporting innovative models of providing housing solutions for low-income people. He also co-founded the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Campaign which is working to create a wider change in public attitudes on the prison system.
He initiated a task force approach to the work of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, and today leads its Poverty and Housing Task Force. He also convenes the regular consultation meetings between church leaders and the Prime Minister.
Campbell sees himself as part of a long tradition within the Salvation Army of helping people at the individual level, as well as addressing systemic issues in our society.
As Director of the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, he has managed the production of six major reports on issues relating to social need, housing, forgotten people and prison reform. He also leads a biennial eight-week long workshop on social justice, in London, for Salvation Army Officers from around the world.