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Our Deputy Government Statisticians

Our Executive Leadership Team is formed by the Government Statistician and four other senior staff.

Mark Sowden: Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Data System Leadership

Teresa Dickinson: Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Insights and Statistics

Kelvin Watson: Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Data Services

Carol Slappendel: Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Organisation Capability and Services

Data System Leadership

Leads the government data system, supports other data users, manages our partnerships, and helps drive more value from data for New Zealand.

Mark Sowden

Mark has a passion for evidence-based decision making, a real focus on the customer, and experience in supporting teams to grow and develop. He has a Master of Commerce degree and extensive public sector experience.

This experience includes 13 years at the Treasury, where he held a variety of roles including Advisor to the Secretary to the Treasury, Labour Markets and Income Policy Manager, Fiscal Management Manager, and Macro Economic Policy Manager.

Mark spent three years at the Ministry for the Environment as Director, Natural and Built Environment Policy, and four years as Deputy Chief Executive Organisational Performance and Operations, and Chief Operating Officer.

Mark previously ran our Customer Strategy and Delivery group.

Insights and Statistics

Sources and enriches data to provide insights and authoritative statistics about the New Zealand economy, people, and environment. This includes running the 2018 Census.

Teresa Dickinson

Teresa comes from Australia with over 14 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in Australia's National Statistical System. This experience includes 10 years with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and four years with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Teresa has considerable experience in leading and implementing change programmes. Of particular interest is her experience in administrative data; developing the AIHW's data linkage and integration capability, making it one of only two accredited providers of data linkage services in Australia. Teresa has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Statistics and Operations Research, a Master of Science in Statistics, and a Master of Business Administration.

Teresa previously ran our Partnership and Design group.

Data Services

Curates Stats NZ’s data assets and ensures that these are accessible and usable for customers. Responsible for our data channels such as the Integrated Data Infrastructure and website, data operations, and digital solutions.

Kelvin Watson

Kelvin has over 10 years’ experience leading large-scale operational and service delivery businesses.

Kelvin has held management roles at New Zealand Post, the Open Polytechnic, Stotts Correspondence College, and CommArts, and various roles at the consulting firm Ernst and Young. He also worked as Executive Director Clinical and Corporate Support Services at Capital Coast District Health Board.

Kelvin was previously in charge of our Organisation Capability and Services group.

Organisation Capability and Services

Helps the organisation focus and position itself for success through strategic and business planning, and communications. It also provides support services including HR, finance, investment portfolio management, property, procurement, legal, and internal audit.

Carol Slappendel

Carol joined Stats NZ in September 2005 as Manager of Social Statistics Development. In 2007 she became General Manager, 2011 Census, and continued to lead the delivery of the 2013 Census following the deferral of the 2011 Census due to the Christchurch earthquake. Carol was previously in charge of our Operations group.

Carol has held management positions in the Department of Labour and the Accident Compensation Corporation. Her early career was in academia, including being a senior lecturer at Massey University and a research officer at a university in the Netherlands. She specialised in ergonomics and human factors engineering.

Carol has a doctorate, a Master of Business Administration (Hons), and a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in industrial engineering.

Page updated 14 March 2017

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