Kim Workman (Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane) is a retired public servant, whose career spans roles in the Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Maori Affairs, and Ministry of Health. He was Head of the Prison Service from 1989 to 1993.
Kim is a graduate of Massey University and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Southern California and at Stanford University.
He was appointed to the position of National Director of Prison Fellowship in 2000 and retired from that position in 2010. Prison Fellowship New Zealand has become a significant provider in the criminal justice sectors, establishing the first faith-based prison unit in the British Commonwealth, a mentoring programme for released prisoners, and is the principal provider of in-prison restorative justice services.
In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice. In 2006 Kim joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army, to launch the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project.
In 2006, Kim was appointed to a three-year term as a Families Commissioner.
Kim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2007. In the same year he was appointed as a Senior Associate to the Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University.
In February 2013, Kim received the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Semi Finalist award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to New Zealand’s well-being as a nation.