Chris Buxton

Chief Digital Officer

Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa

Chris Buxton is a recognised as a thought leader and international speaker in Digital operations and unleashing data. He is currently Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Security officer at Statistics New Zealand, leading a transformation change of its technical capabilities. Recent projects have included the deployment of a modern integrated mobile and virtual desktop solution, wireless networking as a service and the establishment of hybrid cloud Infrastructure services. These are supporting a new way of working for Stats NZ and the move to an activity based working model. Chris is promoting cross government big data analytics and is leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be a centre for innovation, flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness to customer needs. Chris has extensive experience in the data field with previous roles in the UK and NZ Defence and intelligence communities specialising in Cryptography, Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence. Prior to joining Stats NZ Chris was the Chief information Officer for the NZ Foreign Intelligence Agency, Government Communications Security Bureau. In this role he led the delivery of Big data processing, analytic and visualisation capabilities, as well as national and international digital federation and interoperability.