State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today announced the appointment of Dallas Welch as Acting Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand.

Ms Welch, who is currently a Deputy Government Statistician for Organisation Direction, will replace outgoing chief executive Geoff Bascand following the latter’s appointment as Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. She will start in the acting role from 20 May 2013.

Ms Welch joined Statistics NZ in 1983 as an assistant research officer in Price Index Development, and rose from the ranks to become Deputy Government Statistician in 2010.

She has a Master of Commerce (Hons) in economics and a teaching diploma (with distinction). She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Economists, the Population Association of New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ).

The State Services Commission is currently recruiting for the permanent appointee.

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