State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced the appointment of Liz MacPherson to the position of Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand and Government Statistician.

Ms MacPherson is currently Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Governance at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).  She has a key role in shaping MBIE’s strategy and direction and has responsibility for oversight of the Government’s Business Growth agenda, MBIE’s Canterbury Economic Recovery work and the Crown-Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.

Ms MacPherson is a highly regarded Public Servant with 24 years’ experience including a decade working at senior leadership level in MBIE, the former Department of Labour, and the former Ministry of Economic Development,” Mr Rennie said.

She has strong leadership skills with a proven ability to use data and research to inform her leadership decisions and respond to challenges faced by her Department and the industries she works with,” said Mr Rennie.

Statistics New Zealand manages New Zealand’s official statistics and is a vital source of information for government, businesses and communities. Ms MacPherson’s strategic abilities and leadership skills will be of great benefit to the agency as it continues with its change and modernisation programme, Statistics 2020,” Mr Rennie said.

Prior to her current role at MBIE, Ms MacPherson was Acting Chief Executive of MBIE’s Labour Group (the former Department of Labour), Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Economic Development and held a number of Deputy Secretary roles within the Ministry of Economic Development since 2002.

Statistics New Zealand is New Zealand’s national statistical office and its Chief Executive holds the statutory role of Government Statistician. The agency is New Zealand's major source of official statistics and leader of the Official Statistics System. It provides a wide range of statistical information used by central and local government, Maori, businesses, communities, researchers, and the public.

Ms MacPherson will take up her new role on 26 August 2013. She has been appointed for a term of five years.

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Biography

Liz MacPherson comes to the role of Chief Executive and Government Statistician from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where she is currently DCE Strategy and Governance. 

Prior to taking up this role Liz was Acting Chief Executive of the Labour Group (the former Department of Labour) during the formation of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Acting Chief Executive of the former Ministry of Economic Development during which she oversaw the merger of MED into MBIE.

Liz joined the former Ministry of Economic Development in 2002 and held a number of Deputy Secretary roles including heading up the Tourism, Events and Consumer Affairs Branch, the Effective Markets Branch and the Consumer Affairs Branch.

Before joining MED, Liz worked in labour market-related policy for 13 years, including 10 years with the Department of Labour's Labour Market Policy Group.

Liz is a highly experienced  senior public service leader of 24 years with an extensive background in successful strategic policy development, change management and cross-government programme management and delivery.

Liz holds a First Class Master of Arts from Auckland University, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and English and a Diploma of Horticulture from Massey University.

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