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SST Team & Trustees

Garth McVicar: Founder

Founder of the Sensible Sentencing, Garth McVicar, believes the escalation in violent crime is a direct reflection of deteriorating social standards and moral values. Once known for being the safest country in the western world, NZ has progressively become a very criminal and violent Nation.

With four daughters and a farm in Hawke’s Bay he believes he has a pretty big stake in the future direction of NZ. Unable to stand back and watch, Garth decided to take this enormous challenge on himself and has dedicated his life to the cause ever since.

In 2001 Sensible Sentencing was formed to bring balance to the law and order debate and to give the many innocent victims of homicide guidance, hope and a voice.

Garth has inspired thousands of New Zealanders to support his vision of a safe society resulting in SST becoming the largest privately funded Victim’s Advocacy and Justice Reform organisation in New Zealand.

Contact Garth on and 027 2487919

Peter Jenkins: Trustee and Offender Database Manager

Peter has been with the Sensible Sentencing Trust since its inception in 2001. He came on Board and designed the first SST website and database. Peter is still actively involved in managing the new offender database. Peter is a Trustee and very passionate about SST and Justice Reform.

Contact Pete on or 027 433 8562

Neville Pettersson: Offender Database Administrator

Neville is the head offender database administrator and also monitors the social media accounts for SST. He runs Meth Testing Hawkes Bay and is also passionate about Justice Law reform and actively helps draft submissions on various Bills and amendments to Parliament.

Contact Neville at or 021 0876 7132

Gil Elliott: Dunedin/Otago Spokesperson and Trustee

Gil is the Father of Sophie Elliott murdered in her home 2008. Gil is our Dunedin and Central Otago spokesperson and is very knowledgeable on current legislation.

You can contact Gil at or 021 215 9683

Jock Jamieson: SST Public Awareness and Education Portfolio Manager.

Jock has been involved with the Trust since the beginning in 2001. His main work is speaking to groups about the achievements and future aims of SST. He is also involved along with his wife Margaret in providing support at the local level to victims of crime.

Jock is available to speak to groups of any ethnicity, religion, political persuasion or other status. He can be contacted on  or 022 184 5117