In the National-led Government, Hon Scott Simpson MP is Minister of Statistics, Associate Minister of Immigration and Associate Minister for the Environment.
Scott was elected Member of Parliament for Coromandel in November 2011.
Prior to entering Parliament , he was CEO of the nationwide children's charity Make-A-Wish New Zealand.
He has a strong business and commercial background having previously held roles as New Zealand General Manger of Protector Safety, HPM and Caroma Industries.
Scott is a 4th generation "Coromandelite" and lives in Thames.
His great grandparents arrived in Kuaotunu just north of Whitianga in the mid-1800s.
Members of his extended family still farm in the area and he has owned a home there for over 20 years.
Scott has a law degree from the University of Auckland, is a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Institute of Directors.
He has always been active in his local community. For 5 years he chaired the General Distribution Committee of the Lottery Grants Board, assisting in allocating funding to worthy community groups and initiatives from all around New Zealand.
Scott has two adult children. His interests outside politics include trying to keep fit, reading and family time.