Geoff was a NZ Government Actuary from 1997 to 2001. His main research interest is in the financing of social security arrangements for retirement income.
He helped organise a one day conference in 2010 on "Retirement Income & Intergenerational Income" with fellow research associates Judith Davey and Bob Stephens, on behalf of the Institute of Policy Studies and the Retirement Commission, and with the above co-edited a book gathering together conference papers, published by IPS. In 2017 the same team organised a Round Table to examine current policy issues around this topic.
Making retirement work
In 2009 Geoff contributed "Simple, effective and (relatively) inexpensive: New Zealand retirement provision in the international contest" to the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Issue 36 He presentated on this paper to the 17th Australian Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, UNSW Sydney, July 2009, and to the International Association of Actuaries 4th Pension Benefits & Social Security Colloquium, Tokyo, October 2009.
In 2013 Geoff wrote an IGPS working paper titled "Why flexisuper is not a good idea", examining the concerns in relation to offering superannuitants the option to take up New Zealand Superannuation earlier or later than age 65, in return for an adjustment to the level of pension. He also assisted two IGPS working papers on wealth inequality data from the 2003-2010 Survey of Family, Income and Employment (with Max Rashbrooke and Wilma Molano).
Actuary and statistician
Geoff is a qualified actuary, and was NZ Government Actuary from 1997 to 2001. He was also a Principal Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Social Development from 2004 to 2009, and has attended several conferences of Social Security Actuaries and Statisticians organised by the International Social Security Association.