Committee Members

NZCCL is managed by an Executive Committee who are committed to championing civil liberties.

Current Committee Members

Thomas Beagle, Chairperson

Thomas has had a long involvement with computers and the IT industry. He is increasingly concerned by the way that civil liberties, particularly the right to privacy, are being eroded by advances in technology. However, he is no luddite and believes that modern technology can be used to increase democratic participation and hold government to account.

He is also the co-founder and spokesperson for Tech Liberty, a lobby group dedicated to "defending civil liberties in the digital age".


Steven Ensslen

Steven is a data architect and founder of a Wellington fast-data technology startup. His concerns are the environment, human rights, and better government. Steven believes that technologies and government are tools for improving our civilization, and that keeping those tools sharp is everyone's duty.


Oliver Lineham

Oliver is the administrator of, a site to assist public access to official information. His main interests are democracy, human rights, the environment and technology. By day he is a consultant working at the intersection of networking, security, and web technologies.


Kevin McCormack, Secretary and Treasurer

Kevin has been involved with NZCCL for the past 15 years, and at various times he has been the President, Treasurer and now Secretary/Treasurer. He is interested in the rational justification for change, and in ensuring that there is a fair balance between entitlements and responsibilities.

Kevin's working life involved a significant period in the Public Service where he held various senior statutory and administrative positions, and in the NZ Dairy Board covering a variety of roles. He is now retired from paid employment and leads a very active and involved life.


Marion Sanson

Marion is a lawyer working at Community Law in Whanganui.  She finds human rights and civil liberties issues crop up even in a provincial town. 

Most of her working life has been in Wellington in the Public Service where roles with Archives New Zealand, and Child, Youth and Family Service, focused on information management, access to the public record, and keeping Government accountable.   Marion is interested in using official information and personal information requests to good effect.

Marion is interested in New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements, and was heavily involved in the work the NZ Council for Civil Liberties undertook around the 2011 - 2013 Constitutional Conversation.  She is enthusiastic about the possibilities for strengthening the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to enable the Act to be a better instrument for a “rights aware” society.