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The Social Research Centre announces the appointment of new CEO

The Social Research Centre takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of our new CEO, Diane Herz. Diane will take-up the position on 15 April, 2019.

Diane’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive global search which has taken over 12 months to complete. High quality candidates from Australia, the UK, the USA and Europe were short-listed, with Diane emerging as the standout from a very strong field.  The appointment of Diane is part of a long-planned succession strategy.

Diane is a seasoned researcher and leader in survey and policy research with more than 3 decades of experience in government and consulting roles in the USA. In her most recent role at Mathematica Policy Research she had the dual responsibilities of Vice President of Mathematica’s Human Services Division and as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer. In her role as Vice President of the Human Services Division, Diane had oversight of policy areas such as family support, education, early childhood, the labour market, nutrition and criminal justice, amongst others. Prior to Mathematica, Diane was an economist with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). During her 21-year tenure at BLS, she served first as an economic analyst and later as director of the American Time Use Survey and the Current Population Survey (similar to the Monthly Labour Force Survey in Australia). In these roles Diane led teams of economists, statisticians, and information technology professionals and collaborated with the US Census Bureau to field questions, analyse, and publish data on a wide range of subjects from time use to employment, earnings, civic engagement, contingent work, and other subjects.

The Board and leadership of the company are very excited about the perspective and leadership Diane will bring to the Social Research Centre. She is the ideal person to continue the company’s mission which is to contribute to informed decision-making and lead to a better understanding of Australian society and our place in the world.

Diane replaces company founder, Darren Pennay, after 19 years in the role. During Darren’s tenure the company has grown from a one-person start-up entity operating from a spare bedroom to become the major supplier of social research services to the Australian government, academic and not-for-profit sector.

Darren is remaining on the Board and will be working alongside Diane. Darren will also be taking on an executive leadership role focusing on research strategy, survey methodology and business development.

Janine Reid, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, on behalf of the Board and the leadership team, thanked Darren for the role he has played in the success of the Social Research Centre over the last 19 years.

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