Campbell Roberts

Major Campbell Roberts

Major Campbell Roberts
The Salvation Army


Major Campbell Roberts, is currently a professional Board Member of Utility Disputes and other not for profit organisations, a social policy consultant,  member of the expert panel for the Tamaki Regeneration, member of the HUD EFG, member Mangere Community Housing Group and the network manager for Salvation Army Social Housing.

He was the Founder Director for The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit and has been the principal connection between The Salvation Army and the Government over the last 20 years. The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, have a mandate to work for the elimination of poverty in New Zealand, through engagement with political, corporate, government educational and media leaders.  The unit focuses on providing quality social research and policy advice.

Before his retirement, Campbell was a member of the Board of The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory. In the Sallies he held numerous senior appointments including Director of Social Policy and Social Services in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga and Divisional Commander for the South Island.

Campbell assisted in the initial design and set up of The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission in New York. For ten years he travelled twice a year to London as a Board member of the Social and Moral Council advising the International Leader of The Salvation Army.

Campbell is a passionate New Zealander committed to working with those at the margins of New Zealand society. He has an extensive range of 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 highly networked, a trusted media spokesperson and commentator in many forums on issues of poverty, prison reform, housing, welfare and employment.

Campbell has been a senior advisor to the New Zealand Church Leaders in their twice-yearly meetings with the Prime Minister

Campbell work has included being a member of the Government Shareholders Ministerial Advisory Group on Housing, a Trustee of the Housing Foundation, Board Chair for Windows Housing Trust, and a  Board member of Centre for Housing Research.  Campbell has been involved in various Government working parties and tasks involving housing including the Prime Ministerial task force on Housing Reform, the review of the Housing Corporation Assessment system,  a member of the MSD Housing Reform Group and housing consultant to the Royal Commission on Social Policy.  Also a member of various other Government Task Forces, Boards, Working Parties, and Local Government forums around a range of social and economic policies affecting New Zealand life. 

Campbell was awarded a CNZM in the 2019 New Year Honours, and was the 2017 runner up as New Zealander of the Year.  In 2013 General Andre Cox made Campbell a member of the Order of the Founder, a rarely awarded International Salvation Army honour. He is a frequent author of articles and publications and co-authored “Just Imagine” a book on social justice with Danielle Strickland.

Campbell is married to Gay.  They have three daughters and nine grandchildren and Nixie a Black Labrador