Data and Statistical Practices Group
Teresa Dickinson, Deputy Australian Statistician
Teresa Dickinson is the Deputy Australian Statistician leading the Data and Statistical Practices Group.
The Data and Statistical Practices Group is responsible for sourcing the data the ABS uses in its work and disseminating the official statistics, data and insights it produces to inform Australia's important decisions. The Group provides statistical infrastructure to support work of the ABS and leads its work to expand and improve data sharing, data integration and microdata access across government. It also provides methodological and data science leadership to the ABS.
Teresa joined the ABS in April 2018 after four years as a Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive at Statistics New Zealand.
During a career spanning more than 30 years, Teresa has worked in a wide range of statistical and data roles in the public sector including Commonwealth Government (AIHW and ABS previously), Victorian State Government and scientific research (CSIRO). She has over 20 years of experience at senior executive levels.
Teresa holds Master of Statistics and Master of Business Administration degrees. She is a University Medallist and Accredited Statistician with the Statistical Society of Australia. Teresa was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2022 for the development of data and statistics, and for the delivery of the 2021 Census of Population and Housing.
Methodology and Data Science Division
Anders Holmberg, General Manager and Chief Methodologist
Anders Holmberg joined the ABS in September 2019 as the Chief Methodologist.
Anders has a background as a survey methodologist, developing both theory and practice within data collection methodology, survey sampling theory and register based statistical methods.
Immediately prior to joining the ABS, Anders was the Chief Methodologist at Statistics Norway. He was also the Principal Statistician at Statistics New Zealand from 2014 to 2016, where he worked with traditional censuses and administrative data systems.
In 2012-13, Anders was responsible for the management of the Cambodian Socio-Economic Survey, as well as training staff throughout the statistical value chain. He enjoyed a 13 year career at Statistics Sweden (1999-2012), undertaking a variety of roles. Prior to this, he was a lecturer at Örebro University.
He is a member of Statistics Sweden’s and Statistics Netherlands’ Scientific advisory boards and has a PhD in statistics from Uppsala University with the thesis "Essays on Model Assisted Survey Planning".
Data Science and Emerging Methods Branch
Statistical Methodology Branch
Statistical Production and Digital Services Division
Marcel van Kints, General Manager
Marcel van Kints is the General Manager of the Statistical Production and Digital Services Division. The Division delivers microdata and integrated data services; is responsible for evolving data sources, standards and methods for household and business statistics and turning it into statistical assets; and uplifting digital capabilities for the ABS.
Marcel has held various senior positions at the ABS, particularly in the macroeconomic statistics program. Marcel has complemented his ABS experience with international experience at the United Nations in New York.
Marcel has tertiary qualifications in economics and statistics, and has holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Australian National University. Marcel has authored several conference and academic articles.
Digital Services Branch
Data Integration Services Branch
Household Statistical Production and Futures Branch
Business Statistical Production and Futures Branch
Data Sourcing Division
Will Horridge, General Manager
Will Horridge is the General Manager leading the Data Sourcing Division. He comes to the ABS after two years in the equivalent role at Statistics New Zealand where he has led the transformation of the Collection Operations Division.
Will has previously worked as a Senior Manager at EY, the global consulting firm, where he was involved in a number of significant transformation programmes with leading commercial enterprises and government. Prior to joining EY, Will held senior operational roles in the tertiary education sector including working on the leadership team of an ASX/NZX listed company. For the first 18 years of his working life Will served as an infantry officer in the British Army.
Will has an MSc in Management and Leadership. He lives in Auckland’s Eastern Bays and has two teenage daughters.
Data Sourcing Futures Branch
Data Sourcing Design Branch
Data Sourcing Operations Branch
Statistical Infrastructure Division
Michael Smedes, General Manager and Chief Data Officer
Michael Smedes is the General Manager of the Statistical Infrastructure Division and ABS Chief Data Officer.
He has an extensive background in official statistics having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations across a broad range of statistics. Prior to his current role, he was most recently the General Manager of the Social Statistics Division at the ABS, and prior to that the global advisor on national accounts at the United Nations.
Location Infrastructure Branch
Standards, Classifications and Business Registers Branch
National Disability Data Asset and Data Systems Branch
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