Hugh joined the BERL team in 2010 as a research economist. Passionate about data and information, Hugh has excelled at building economic models, economic impact assessments, projections and scenarios.
After completing his studies Hugh moved from working on his parent’s dairy farm to a position at Statistics New Zealand working on the Consumers Price Index. During his seven year tenure at Statistics New Zealand the main projects Hugh contributed to were the Consumers Price Index, the OECD Purchasing Power Parity Programme, and the Time Use Survey. Hugh joined the BERL team in 2010 as a research economist and given his passion for data and information, has excelled at data analysis, building economic models, economic impact assessments, projections and scenarios, and technical support.
During his studies Hugh’s main focus was with international trade and development economics. Hugh’s interest in these topics sprung from his desire to use his economic knowledge to help others make better, more informed decisions that would improve New Zealand’s economy and wellbeing. Hugh continues to be driven by this desire in his career, in his work for clients, along with supporting the work of his team members at BERL.
In his spare time Hugh likes to read books and enjoys playing and watching sports. While currently playing outdoor and indoor football, he has previously played cricket, American football and rugby. Hugh also likes to indulge his passion for analytics by playing board games and grand strategy video games.