About Len


Len Cook is one of New Zealand’s most well known social scientists. He is an advocate for the use of science in policy decisions and has held several significant positions where he has been able to influence the use of social science evidence to improve the social outcomes for families. Len was the National Statistician of the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2005 and the Government Statistician of New Zealand from 1992 to 2000. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy in 1987-88.

Len is also the Chair of Superu’s Board, which oversees the governance and performance of Superu, setting the strategic direction and priorities.

Len was appointed Families Commissioner and Board Chair in July 2015 by the Minister responsible for Superu, currently the Minister for Social Development.