Varsity at the Club: Westminster Government in Whitehall and Wellington - Reflections from being on the inside of both systems

Varsity at the Club with Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Senior Associate Len Cook

Reflecting from this experience in both roles, differences, similarities and connections in the two systems are highlighted. Len will identify how the very different nature of civil service arrangements, the media, Parliaments, think tanks, history and international connections affect public administration. Some lessons for current proposals for public sector reform will be pointed out.

Len Cook is a statistician and member of the Remuneration Authority and has been both a Chief Executive in the New Zealand Public Service, and a Permanent Secretary in the British Civil Service (and the government statistician in both countries). He is a past President of the Institute of Public Administration, the last Families Commissioner and a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy. He remains actively involved in the application of statistics to public policy, with particular interests in population analyses and the place of information in holding government to account.


Monday 4 November | 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor | Business Casual
$12 for members / $20 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner


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