Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Senior Associate


Len Cook was head of the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics from May 2000 until August 2005, and was Government Statistician of New Zealand from January 1992 to May 2000.   Len Cook had been a member of the New Zealand Royal Commission on Social Policy in 1987-88.  In 1981, he was part of the secretariat of the Prime Ministerial Task Force on Tax Reform, and in 1997 was a member of the Review Committee on Social Science Research in New Zealand (Drawing on the Evidence).  

Through his leading roles in advancing the integrity of methods and practice of official statistics in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, Len Cook has been involved in advancing understanding of official statistics within the European Union, across the Pacific, and more broadly through international organizations. 

Len Cook now works on projects that extend the use of statistics in public life, including retirement provision and ageing.  One current project is working with the OECD on its initiative on Global Progress Indicators.  Len Cook continues to participate in a number of government initiated reviews, and is currently a  member of the Health Workforce Taskforce.   Professional links include:

  1. Vice-President of the International Statistics Institute (2005-2007). 
  2. Visiting Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London,
  3. Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford since 2001
  4. Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  5. Research associate, Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato

 He has contributed to debates on a range of topics in published paper, conferences addresses and speeches.  These topics include marketing, statistical organisation, information technology, knowledge management, statistical processing, statistical capability, quality management, use of tax data in official statistics, population censuses, statistical responsiveness, population trends, aging populations, retirement provisions, statistical issues including ethnicity, disability, and economic statistics.