Rob was appointed Chief Executive in November 2013 and joined FMA in February 2014. Originally from the UK, Rob previously was a director with Promontory Financial Group, a global regulatory consulting group and before that he spent 17 years at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in Europe, Asia and North America. His roles included Chief Operating Officer for Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA); General Counsel, Head of Legal and Compliance, EMEA; and Head of Legal for Investment Banking, EMEA and before that for Investment Banking, Asia Pacific region. Rob has expertise in investment banking, legal and risk management as well as advising on corporate governance, compliance and other regulatory matters. His depth and wealth of experience means Rob brings a truly global perspective to his leadership of FMA. Rob qualified as a lawyer in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in Law from Cambridge University.
Belinda leads FMA’s investigations and enforcement team which is responsible for inquiries, investigations, forensic accounting, evidence management and litigation. She brings considerable experience of litigation from her career in legal private practice and prior to joining FMA, was Head of Dispute Resolution at Westpac. Belinda has practised as a commercial litigation lawyer in New Zealand and the UK and has appeared before Courts and Tribunals in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA and the Caribbean, in relation to commercial, banking and finance, competition and criminal matters.
Dave leads FMA's Finance, People and Capability, Knowledge and Information, ICT, and Implementation of Major Projects, ensuring FMA has the operational efficiency to support the organisation. He has a broad background across utilities, property and construction, internet and airline industries. His previous roles have included freelance Business Consultant, Management Consultant at Davis Ogilvie & Partners and Financial Controller of Property Ventures.
Elaine leads and oversees the licensing and supervision of all financial markets participants – from individual AFAs through to securities markets. She is responsible for FMA’s KiwiSaver registration and on-going KiwiSaver monitoring activities and monitoring of oversight providers, such as supervisors and auditor accredited bodies. She also oversees FMA’s strategies for oversight of markets (e.g NZX) and activities on those markets. Financial reporting compliance and FMA’s complaints and inquiries function sit in Compliance. The Compliance team also discharges FMA’s responsibilities as joint supervisors of AML/CFT. The Compliance intelligence team ensures that FMA’s compliance activities are appropriately targeted and directed to the greatest harms. Elaine has significant regulatory and legal experience. Immediately prior to joining FMA Elaine was Head of Market Supervision of NZX and Executive Counsel of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. Elaine has worked as a commercial lawyer in NZ, the UK and the USA.
John leads our market engagement across the FMA. He is a specialist in managing complex stakeholder structures and is responsible for shaping our regulatory culture and approach, and building FMA’s engagement and relationship framework with market participants. This includes ensuring FMA has a cohesive, effective monitoring function. John is an experienced senior executive, director and consultant in the financial services industry, with a career that spans more than 30 years in both New Zealand and Australia. John was co-founder of the Assure NZ Group, and prior to joining the FMA has held the role of Chief Risk Officer at the Earthquake Commission, Managing Director at Guardian Trust, and General Manager Wealth Management at AXA.
Liam is Board Secretary and leads FMA’s legal team, overseeing FMA’s internal legal function. He is responsible for risk management, internal audit and corporate governance, strategy, research and analysis, and regulatory policy and tools. Liam was General Counsel to the Securities Commission from 2002 until 2011, when he was seconded to the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) to provide expert advice on the Government’s review of New Zealand’s securities law. Liam has extensive experience in securities law and corporate governance matters, advising Board members and staff on securities and financial services law and policy, Crown entity governance and legal compliance. Liam was named 2014 Public Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand, for making an outstanding contribution to FMA and the New Zealand public sector through his leadership and excellence in provision of in-house legal services.
Owen leads the strategic and operational management of FMA’s communications, including with external stakeholders. He has worked for Australia's two largest regulators - the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), including on the implementation of licensing and conduct provisions in financial services. Owen’s previous roles have included General Manager of Public Affairs for Sydney's urban rail network - Australia's largest public transport operation, and Corporate Communications Manager at the Bank of New Zealand. Owen was advisor to the Rt. Hon Helen Clark when she was Leader of the Opposition. He has also worked for the State Services Commission in New Zealand. Owen has an MBA from Macquarie University in Sydney; a post-graduate diploma in public policy and a BA in politics from Victoria University of Wellington; and a tertiary qualification in journalism.
Simone leads and oversees the development of FMA's regulatory strategies and activities relating to primary markets and investor resources. This includes helping businesses and market participants understand their obligations when offering products or investments and encouraging the clarity, quality and effectiveness of financial product information for investors. Simone is a senior lawyer with a strong commercial background in financial services and has held senior legal, risk and compliance roles in the financial services industry both here in New Zealand and in Edinburgh.