National Court


The National Court (established under s163 of the Constitution of Papua New Guinea) is the superior-level trial court in Papua New Guinea and the Supreme Court (established under s160) is the final court of appeal and the highest court in the country.  Judges of the National Court form panels of the Supreme Court on an ad hoc basis to hear appeals from the National Court and administrative tribunals.  Both the Supreme Court and the National Courts have an inherent power to make orders in the nature of prerogative writs and such other orders as are necessary to do justice in the circumstances of a particular case.

The National and Supreme Courts can, at the time of sentencing of a convicted offender, consider a range of non-custodial measures. In so doing, the Courts would take account of the rehabilitative needs of the offender, the protection of society and the interests of the victim(s). Non-custodial options include;

  • Reprimand and warning
  • Conditional discharge
  • monetary penalties, such as fines
  • confiscation or an expropriation order
  • restitution to the victim or a compensation order
  • suspended or deferred sentence
  • probation and judicial supervision with or without orders for restitution or community work orders
  • referral to a rehabilitation center with conditions

District Court, Goroka & Kainantu  


PNG's judicial system consists of Village Courts, District Courts and the National Court which is the superior trial court.  Magisterial Services (established by section 173(1) of Constitution of Papua New Guinea) administers the District Court system within PNG, and there are 57 District Court establishments across the nation staffed by 88 magistrates and more than 500 court support staff.

 The District Court's key functional jurisdictions include:

  • Hearing of Civil matters (general civil and family court),
  • Hearing of Criminal cases (committal and summary),
  • Establishing Leadership and Administrative tribunals,
  • Hearing matters relating to Land (Local and Provincial Land Courts),
  • Conducting Village Court appeals and reviews,
  • Juvenile Criminal Court matters,
  • Pikinini (Civil) Court matters, and
  • Coroner’s Court

 The District Court uses formal and informal approaches for settling  grievances, particularly in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

 Magistrates can also make orders for a community work order to be  undertaken by a defendant who has been found guilty.  Where  mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating factors, the defendant may  be placed on probation with conditions for community work and/or  payment of compensation. 


 Goroka District Court

 PO Box 447, Goroka.

 Ph: 532 1811,  Fax: 532 3115

 Kainantu Court House

 PO Box 252, Kainantu.

 Ph: 537 1049/1388, Fax: 537 1049

 Okapa Court House



Village Courts, Eastern Highlands Province


Village Courts are an essential part of PNG's formal court system.  They are established under the Village Courts Act 1989 and the Village Court Regulations 1973.  There are more than 1,500 Village Courts across the country, supported by over 15,000 officials, including 900 women.  Each Village Court has 4-5 Village Magistrates (appointed by the Minister for Justice as judicial officers), 3-4 Peace Officers, and 1 Clerk.  Over 90% of people living in PNG have access to a Village Court, which have the jurisdiction to settle local disputes and deal with minor crimes using customary conflict-resolution approaches wherever possible.

 Village Courts are the largest provider of restorative justice services in  PNG, and are authorised to do the following:
  • Mediate disputes between individuals, clans or communities.
  • Encourage parties in dispute to use local conflict resolution processes such as the "Local Chieftain System" or "Community of Elders". 
  • Convene a Full Court Sitting (if mediation fails or the parties do not want to use mediation) or convene a Joint Court Sitting if the matter involves people from different Village Court areas.
  • Issue formal Preventive Orders to stop further harm, damage or fighting offences.
  • Deal with minor crimes through mediation or court sittings.  The primary goal is to achieve an outcome that is acceptable to all parties and, if this cannot be achieved, the Court can make decisions and make orders (eg. fine, compensation, restitution, work order, etc.)
  • Ensure that Village Court orders are obeyed under the Village Courts Act 1989.  If defendants fail to obey these orders, the Court can issue an Imprisonment Order which then needs to be endorsed by the District Court.
  • Refer a matter to a higher court for serious offences outside the jurisdiction of the Village Court Act and Regulations.
  • Refer a matter to another service provider (eg. Department of Community Development).


 Mr Ben Sapu

 Provincial Village Courts Officer

 Eastern Highlands Provincial  Administration

 Law and Justice Division

 P.O. Box 880, Goroka

 Eastern Highlands Province

 Ph: 532 172

 Facsimile: 5321722


Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice Services, Goroka


CBC is an agency within the Department of Justice & Attorney General.  CBC has offices in every province across PNG and it plays a central role in developing and implementing restorative justice programs throughout the country.  It provides members of the community with access to community justice services which include the provision of non-custodial rehabilitation programs for both adult and juvenile offenders.  This assists offenders to re-enter society as responsible, productive citizens.

 CBC is responsible for:
  • Drafting and submitting Pre-Sentencing Reports and Means Assessment Reports to the National and District Courts in order to assist the courts on appropriate alternatives to prison sentences for convicted offenders.  These alternatives could include probation, community service, mediation, restitution, compensation, counselling, rehabilitation or other diversionary strategies aimed to divert offenders from further misconduct.
  • Drafting Pre-Parole Reports in consultation with Correctional Services and the Parole Board.
  • Establishing links with government agencies, businesses, and NGOs to arrange short-term work assignments for offenders under Court orders.
  • Supervising and counselling of adult and juvenile offenders on community-based Court orders, and also parolees bound by Parole Orders to do community work.
  • Providing Courts with reports on breaches of court orders.
  • Conducing inspection visits of juvenile detention and correctional facilities


 Senior Probation Officer

 Probation, Parole & Juvenile Justice  Services

 Dept. Of Justice & Attorney General

 PO Box 956, Goroka, EHP

 Ph/Fax: 532 2346


 The above contact address covers  CBC office in Kainantu


Provincial Administration & Dept. for Community Development, EHP


The Provincial Administrations across PNG have Community Development Branches, which provide services on behalf of the Department of Community Development.  The Welfare Officers and Child Protection Officers employed by the Provincial Administration administer the provisions of a number of acts, including the Laukautim Pikinini Act, Deserted wife & Children Act, Marriage Act, National Youth Service Act, and National Council of Women Incorporation Act.

 Provincial welfare, gender & child protection officers provide the  following services to the public:
  • Investigation and reporting of cases of abuse or neglect involving family or children (including domestic violence)
  • Assist with juveniles in the Police lock-ups and negotiate for their removal from the cells where appropriate
  • Deal with adoption applications and birth registration
  • Monitor employment of children in the workforce
  • Conduct counselling and mediation on all issues affecting families (particularly in relation to family conflicts, child abuse, adultery, and sexual assault/harassment)
  • Inspections of Child-Minding Centres and early childhood development programs
  • Conduct awareness programs to communities and attend school board meetings
  • Provide referrals in relation to custody & maintenance, adultery cases, & adoption


 The Principal Advisor

 Home Affairs & Youth Division

 PO Box 880, Goroka, EHP.

 Ph:  532 1037


Office of the Public Prosecutor, Goroka


The core function of the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) is the prosecution of matters in the National Courts and criminal appeals in the Supreme Court across PNG.  The Public Prosecutor is empowered under the Constitution to control the exercise and performance of the prosecution function of the State.  As part of the conduct of prosecutions the OPP has contact with victims of crime. 

 As part of its prosecution function the OPP provides an information and  referral service to victims of crime whose matters are before the  National and Supreme Courts.  This involves:

  • Liaison with victims of crime during the conduct of prosecutions in the superior courts.  Liaison with victims takes the form of referral to support services and provision of information as to the criminal justice process and court proceedings;
  • Support to victims during court proceedings; and
  • Assisting victims with preparation of Victim Impact Statements for presentation to the court at sentence hearings.

 The OPP also makes submissions on behalf of the State as to the  appropriate penalties that ought to be imposed by the superior courts  following a conviction. 


 Office of the Public Prosecutor

 3rd Floor, Yanepa Haus, McNicol St

 P.O. Box 977, Goroka, EHP

 Ph: 532 1814, 7100 2304

 Fax: 532 1851


Correctional Services, Bihute &  Bundaira, Eastern Highlands Province


Established under the Correctional Services Act, Papua New Guinea Correctional Services is the government agency responsible for the custody, confinement and rehabilitation of offenders and prisoners.  It is also responsible for the effective administration of the agency.  CS is responsible for operating correctional institutions across all provinces in PNG.

 CS provides the following rehabilitation programs in its correctional  institutions:

  • Vocational training (literacy skills, training in basic building trades - carpentry, roofing, brick & stone laying, metalwork, electrical and plumbing - agricultural skills for oil palm, cocoa, coffee & rice farming as well as fishing)
  • Counseling, mentoring, conflict resolution and mediation
  • Awareness programs on gender respect, domestic violence, and the prevention & spread of HIV.
  • Prisoner review and recommendation for detainee placement on parole or release on license


 Correctional Services Head Office

 P.O. Box 6889, Boroko NCD

 Ph: 323 1855/323 1978

 Fax: 323 0407

 Bihute CIS

 Ph:  732 1505

 Fax: 732 2179


 Bundaira CIS

 Ph:  725 7124

 Fax: 275 7126


Catholic Church, Eastern Highlands Province


The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea is made up of 4 Archdioceses and 15 Dioceses in Vanimo, Altape, Wewak, Lae, Madang, Mt Hagen, Wabag, Mendi, Goroka, Kundiawa, Kavieng, Kimbe, Rabaul, Kerema, Daru, Aloutau, Berina, and Port Moresby.  The church runs numerous programs across PNG (regional contact details can be obtained by ringing the Port Moresby numbers below)

 The church programs include:
  • Pastoral Service:  training, planning, monitoring & evaluation
  • Marriage Tribunal:  church marriage separations & related matters
  • Youth Ministry:  training
  • HIV:  awareness, testing, treatment & care
  • Drugs & Alcohol:  awareness & counselling
  • Family Life:  awareness, training & counselling
  • Social Apostolate:  skills training (sewing, cooking & handcrafts)
  • Remand & Rehabilitation Centres:  care, training & supervision
  • Women's Ministry:  all programs relating to family and gender issues
  • Family Services & Caritas:  counselling, skills training (literacy, farming, cooking, leadership, disaster relief, & integral human


 Goroka Diocese

 PO Box 109, Goroka

 532 1798


YWCA, Eastern Highlands Province


The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is a Christian-based global network of women leading social and economic change in 125 countries worldwide.  It advocates for peace, justice, health, human dignity, freedom and care of the environment, and has been at the forefront of raising the status of women since it was founded in 1894.  In PNG, the YWCA is a membership organisation open to women and girls who wish to share their skills and time to help other women and girls to develop and grow in Spirit, Body and Mind and to become leaders in advocacy and action for social justice.  The YWCA has a head office in Port Moresby with a number of branches across the nation. 

 The YWCA has a number of core programs, including:

  • Hostel accommodation for working girls or students
  • Prison rehabilitation programs which include court attendance, supervision of offenders on parole (community work orders), counselling, and mediation
  • Under 18 Children's Club which includes school holiday workshops, juvenile justice training, child rights and responsibilities, empowerment of young women, and drug and alcohol education
  • Also general training programs in literacy (beginners to advanced), leadership development, dress-making, cooking, reproductive health, HIV, computer training, and social, educational and spiritual activities.
  • Youth adolescent Health Club provides training in the areas of women, youth and children's rights and the sexual health of girls and boys


 Mrs Kila Amini, General Secretary

 Mrs Marie Balil, Programs Co-  ordinator

 YWCA Port Moresby

 PO Box 1883, Boroko, NCD

 Ph: 325 6522 or 340 6927

 Ms Angela Soso

 President, YWCA Goroka

 PO Box 636, Goroka, EHP

 Ph:532 2924 or 532 2867

 Mrs Livie Warima

 HIV Response Project

 PO Box 1223, Goroka, EHP

 Ph: 7179 1314


Salvation Army, Eastern Highlands Province


The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian Church known for its extensive philanthropy and charity work.  It is an international movement in over 122 counties, including PNG, where it was established in 1956.  The Salvation Army runs numerous programs within PNG with the assistance of numerous volunteers.  Its head office is in Port Moresby with a number of branches across the Country.

 The Salvation Army’s key program are:

  • Juvenile Justice advocacy in courts, children/defendants (court sittings, juvenile visitation and follow-up)
  • Restorative Justice Awareness & Training Program ((Central Province, Kerema, Abau District, Lae and Sepik)
  • Supporting the poor with food and clothing
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and health education
  • Educational facilities - child-care, primary & secondary schools and a Flexible Open Distance Education program (FODE)
  • Child Protection & Victims Support Program (legal assistance, support during court trial or proceedings) at National Court, Waigani

▬    FSV, Lifeline, Family Support Centre, Haus Ruth City Mission, Police        Victim Desk, PPO, PSO and National Court.

  • Literacy  Class  for children in the Salvation Army Community
  • Hostel and Motel accommodation
  • Prison Ministry Program ( Combine dedication Services)
  • Women, Children and youths Ministry Program in Divisions 


 Salvation Army Headquarter

 PO Box 1323, Boroko, NCD

 Ph: 325 5507/ 3255522  Fax: 325  3534

 Mr Gini Kevin

 Territorial Coordinator & Juvenile  Justice Officer, 

 Ph: 325  5507/22/07  Fax: 325 3534

 South Central Division

 Box 1323, Boroko, NCD

 Ph: 321 6000   Fax: 321 6008


 North Eastern Division

 Box 343 Kainantu, EHP

 Ph:5371220  Fax: 5371482

 North Coastal Division

 Box 667, Lae, Morobe Province

 Ph: 472 0905    Fax:  4720897

 North West Division

 Box 365, Goroka EHP

 Ph: 532 1382  Fax: 5321218

 South Eastern Division

 Box 49, Kwikila, Rigo Central  Province

 Ph: 329 5008   Fax: 325 3534

 Sepik Division

 Box 184, Wewak, ESP

 Ph/Fax 456 1642


Eastern Highlands Family Voice Inc.


EHFV is a national non-government organization totally dependent on private donors.  It has 7 Board members, 8 paid staff and 600 plus trained volunteers.

 The EHFV provides:

  • Counselling support to victims of violence and trauma 
  • Training for peace mediators in partnership with LJSP/CJLU to resolve conflicts in the communities
  • General awareness to the community on resolving conflicts through non- means
  • Advocacy using existing networks and community-based processes


 Ms. Naomi Yupae

 Executive Director

 Eastern Highlands Family Voice        Inc:

 P.O. Box 1641,  GOROKA, EHP

 Ph: (675) 532 3074/ 532 3084

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 Location:  Suite 15, Westpac Bank  Building (Upstairs) Level 1, Goroka  Town


Eastern Highlands Provincial Council of Women


The Council's membership is made of Christian church women’s fellowships and community women’s groups of between 50 – 200 members each.  The 9 major Christian churches in the province are members, and the Women in Agriculture group is also affiliated.  It is estimated that the total membership is approximately 1,200 – 1,500 within the province.  The EHPCW sees itself as the official voice of the women in the Eastern Highlands Province and its main programs relate to advocacy and awareness on women’s rights, health issues, agricultural activities, and political education.  The Council aims to empower their members so that they are able to perform well in their roles as nominated members in the Provincial Government and LLG’s and as Village Court magistrates. 

 The EHPCW activities include:

  • Counselling women and children subjected to abuse
  • Peace mediation
  • Women’s and children’s rights and advocacy
  • Awareness programs
  • Accommodating and support for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence or tribal fights
  • Participated in reconciliation ceremonies
  • Mediation in family and marriage disputes


 Mrs. Julie Soso Akeke


 EHP Council of Women (EHPCW)

 P O Box 350, GOROKA, EHP

 Editors note:

 Hon. Julie Soso MP.

 Is now Governor of Eastern  Highlands.


Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG, Eastern Highlands Province


The ELCPNG is a church-based organisation which runs skills empowerment programs to the community.

 These programs included:

  • Training in skills such as carpentry, agriculture (crops and livestock husbandry), technical skills and home economics
  • Training of Village Court Officials as supervisors and mediators of offenders and their family members
  • Counselling services for offenders and their family members

 Contact:  Mr. Kelly Karasi & Mr.  Zure Wahasoka

 Evangelical Lutheran Church PNG

 Kintunu Parish Church, Bena Circuit

 P O Box 127,  GOROKA, EHP

 Ph:  525 0749, 7226 6893/7219  7249


Helping Hand Youth Honey Producers Group


HHYHPG is a community based organisation and its source of funding is through Honey Bee projects and Honey Bee training programs.  It has 6 full-time employed staff, 10 volunteers who are engaged on a casual basis and 800 trained members in honey bee production in Eastern Highlands and Simbu Provinces.

 The group provides:

  • Training in Honey Bee farming (hive construction and bee-keeping)
  • Behavioural change training for youths who at risk of committing offenses
  • Also provide community leaders with advice


 Ms Kelly Inae

 Helping Hand Youth Honey  Producers Project

 PO Box 1617, Goroka, EHP

 Ph:  (675) 525 0095 / 525 0097      Digicel: 7125 8799 / 7186 6376

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 Location: Lopi-Kafana Fimito Road  next to Hox Club, Lipiga, just  outside Goroka town


Kafe Women’s Association


The Kafe Women’s Association is a community based organisation which receives financial support from the Save the Children Fund, the Provincial Government, the NGO Promotion Global Fund and the Henganofi District Administration.  It has 5 permanent staff (administration), 6 Board Members, 1000+ members and 150 volunteers.

 The Kafe Women’s Association provides the following services:
  • Counseling of youths and family members
  • Conducts mediation to resolve conflict
  • Community awareness on child protection and other social issues
  • Provide skills trainings for parents and children


 Ms Ericko Kukurefa


 Kafe Womans Association

 PO Box 1521,  Goroka,  EHP

 Ph:  7210 7924


Mercy Works PNG (Goroka)


Mercy Works in an NGO founded in 2006 by the Sisters of Mercy Australia & PNG who are committed to reaching out to the poor and vulnerable within the community.  It receives funding from individual donors and churches and works closely through a number of government and non-government organisations, including Police, CBC, Courts, Community Development, Correctional Services, Department of Education, Ombudsman's Office, Public Solicitor, hospitals, media, and human rights bodies.

 Mercy Works offers the following services:

  • Advocacy on human rights issues on media programs
  • Support to juveniles when appearing in court
  • Awareness raising in villages (women, youths, men and victims)
  • Rehabilitation programs in prisons – Health, personal development, human rights and skills training in cooking, sewing and craft
  • Repatriation programs for juveniles
  • Outreach programs to street gangs, former prisoners, sex workers, widows, deserted women, victims of crime, and HIV sufferers
  • Referral program to other relevant agencies and organisations, and
  • Follow-up visits to prisoners released into the community

 Contact:  Sr. Mary-Anne Kolkia

 Director Mercy Works

 Sisters of Mercy

 PO Box 80, Goroka, EHP

 Ph: (675) 532 1588

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 Location: YC Hall Goroka Town


Community Care & Counselling Centre (Goroka)


CCCC is a NGO established in 2012 for the purpose of addressing social, economic, and law & order issues in the community.  The centre provides counselling, training and placement of young people into worthwhile roles. 

 The centre offers the following services:

  • Counselling to all persons irrespective of age or gender
  • Training programs to youth and the unemployed to assess their potential for gaining skills and employment, and providing skills training where necessary and appropriate
  • Programs to empower women and youth in basic skills of carpentry, book-keeping, sewing and cooking
  • Programs to assist those with potential to find work placements within appropriate organisations and future employment


 Ms Sabina Luvavo

 Project Co-ordinator

 PO Box 1182, Goroka, EHP

 Ph: (675) 535 0411

 Fax: 532 3766


PEACE Foundation Melanesia


Established in 1989, the PFM's vision is to promote traditional Melanesian restorative justice systems and processes to build peace and harmony in PNG communities.  The core business of the PFM is to provide community based conflict resolution training through the delivery of its Community Justice Training Package.  The Foundation is a non-government organisation (NGO) which is governed by a Board of Governor drawn from the Public and Private Sectors and the Community.

 The PFM provides a range of programs and activities including:

  • Research and publication
  • Community awareness and training
    • Project work aimed at crime prevention
    • Counselling and Conflict Resolution
    • Community justice training programs to build people-skills, mediation and restorative justice (supported by a Community Justice Training Manual published in English and Tok Pisin)


 Mr James Laki

 Executive Director

 PO Box 1272, Port Moreby, NCD

 Level 2, Monian Haus, Nita Street,  Boroko, NCD

 Ph: 325 8076/77 or Ph: 325 8091

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 Seka Upa


 EH Peace Foundation Melanesia Inc.

 P O Box 1160, Goroka, EHP


Highlands Vanilla Project, Goroka


The Highlands Vanilla Project is a NGO established in 2001.  It is a capacity-building organisation mainly involved in training vanilla and coffee farmers in cultivating and curing of vanilla, and in the use of intercropping methods.  The NGO has a MOU with the PNG Spice Industry Board to provide extension services to farmers in PNG.  It aims to create employment opportunities at community levels in order to address socio-economic problems.

 The Highlands Vanilla Project provides communities and farmers with:

  • Vanilla & coffee husbandry training
  • Basic book keeping training
  • Demonstration farm
  • Nursery sheds
  • Assistance with drafting funding proposals
  • Technical support and long-term follow-up programs
  • The HVP is also willing to work in partnership with CBC officers to supervise young people on community work orders made by the courts.

 Contact:  Mr Mark Gozapao

 Project Manager

 PO Box 1182, Goroka, EHP

 Ph/fax 532 3766

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Unggai Law & Justice Information Centre


Community Based Training Organisation working to promote peace and law and order in the community

 Unggai Law and Justice Information Centre:

  • Facilitates trainings on cross-cutting issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Provide awareness information to volunteers from other service providers

 Contact:  Seka Upa


 Unggai Law & Justice Information  Centre

 PO Box 1160, Goroka, EHP


Caritas Papua New Guinea – Goroka Catholic Diocese


Caritas PNG is an agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) of PNG & Solomon Islands. They promote Integral Human Development of the grassroots citizens of PNG.The mission of Caritas PNG is to take active role in social justice, peace, ecology, and human development issues as part of the pastoral mission of the Church, promote Catholic Social Teaching, address injustice, inequalities, poverty and dependency which undermine human dignity, and be a voice for the poor and marginalized to build a better PNG. 

 It has operates through main goals: Integral Human Development  (IHD), Disaster & Relief Management, Helping the Poor and  Marginalized, Research & Advocacy, Child Protection, Gender Equality,  Ecological Stewardship & Care of God’s Creation, Democratic  Governance.

  • Community mobilization and action program – Cooperative Society/Community Association formations and trainings).
  • Leadership training for Village Ward Councillors, Village Courts, and Peace Mediators, etc. Peace-building (conflict management, restorative justice, conflict mediation/)
  • Women’s empowerment (economic, leadership, personality)
  • Community leadership training.
  • Youth formation program for delinquent youths.
  • Male advocates for peace and development in communities.
  • Counselling services for victims of gender violence/sexual violence, and other forms of emotional restoration.


 Fr.Valentine Gryk,SVD – Diocesan  Caritas Coordinator

 Goroka Catholic Diocese

 P O Box 109, Goroka,  EHP

 Ph:  532 1798

 Fax: 532 1799

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National Youth Development Authority – Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province


The National Youth Development Authority is a government agency established to provide policy directives for the youth of PNG. It provides a framework for planning and program development for all agencies and organisations involved in youth development work. Inclusive in its policy area for stakeholders to develop and implement programs is Law Order and Justice with the objectives to promote, maintain safety, security and peace in communities.

  • Provide capacity building for stakeholders/program partners
  • Strengthen community policing programs at the Provincial, District and Ward level
  • Encourage community based peer leadership on crime prevention and restorative justice programs for young people
  • Educate young people on their Rights against abuse and violence
  • Indentify and market rehabilitation training programs
  • Establish partner with training and rehabilitation institutions
  • Maintain and monitor youth program/project


 Mrs Siviri Lalave

 Advisor Community Development





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 Mr Jonathan Enoch

 Community Development Officer





 Mr Terence Holle

 HRD Manager