Sean Hughes, Chief Executive
Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2011, Sean's international career included over 20 years' corporate, legal and regulatory experience in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. He has held senior executive roles in risk management and legal services at two of the major Australian banks, including Group General Manager, Group Compliance at ANZ, as well as senior executive governance roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), in both the capital markets and enforcement areas. Sean has also been a non-executive director in public sector occupational health and safety agencies, as well as education and leadership development entities. Sean is co-Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators and a Board Trustee of Leadership New Zealand. He holds degrees in history and law from the University of Canterbury and University of Cambridge. He also holds postgraduate qualifications in corporate governance and graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at the University of Melbourne Business School in 2013.
Adam Hunt, Head of Strategic Intelligence
Adam leads FMA's intelligence and knowledge management activities, ensuring FMA has accurate and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the market, from both a local and global perspective. His background is in compliance, intelligence, digital forensics and information technology. Adam was previously director of tax solutions and strategy at Oracle Corporation and establishing manager of Inland Revenue's strategic risk and intelligence unit.
Belinda Moffat, Head of Enforcement
Belinda brings considerable experience of litigation from her career in legal private practice. Prior to joining FMA, Belinda was Head of Dispute Resolution at Westpac New Zealand. She has practised as a commercial litigation lawyer in both New Zealand and the UK and has appeared before Courts and Tribunals in New Zealand, the UK, the USA and in the Caribbean in relation to commercial, banking and finance, competition and criminal matters. Belinda's role at FMA is to develop and lead FMA's investigation, forensic accounting and litigation capability.
Dave Brady, Head of Finance and Business Operations
Dave leads FMA's Finance, ICT and project team, 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 Campbell, Head of Compliance Monitoring
Elaine leads and oversees the development of FMA's commercial and infrastructure monitoring function, which includes trustees, qualifying financial entities, brokers, financial service providers, auditors, superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes, fund managers, futures dealers, clearing houses, registered markets and secondary market activity. Previously she was Head of Market Supervision at NZX, and Executive Counsel of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.
Liam Mason, Head of Legal and Board Secretary
Liam leads FMA’s legal team and provides in-house counsel and independent advice to the FMA Board. He 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.
Michelle Taylor, Head of People, Capability and Culture
Michelle manages FMA's HR function and leads its people performance and culture. She has over 15 years' experience in human resource management and people leadership. Previous roles include Manager Strategic Resourcing at Gen-i, HR Programme Manager at Rexam PLC, and HR Shared Services Manager at Telecom. Michelle was a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Defence Force and in the Royal NZ Air Force.
Scott McMurray, Acting Head of Stakeholder Management
Scott leads the strategic and operational management of FMA's communications, media and stakeholder engagement activities. He was appointed as FMA's Senior Adviser for Government and Sector Relations in March 2012, and prior to that was Government Relations Manager at Bank of New Zealand. Scott's previous experience includes communications and adviser roles in local and central government, along with a not-for-profit think-tank and public affairs consultancy.
Simone Robbers, Acting Head of Primary Regulatory Operations
Simone leads and oversees the development of FMA's regulatory strategies and activities relating to the primary and retail financial markets, including financial advisers, issuers and related financial markets law reform. 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 the United Kingdom.
Sue Brown, Head of Strategy, Innovation and Engagement
Sue leads FMA’s Strategy, Innovation & Engagement change programme - developing FMA’s approach, and working with financial market participants, to achieving its objectives for the future of New Zealand’s financial markets, with a particular focus on delivery of the change heralded by the Financial Markets Conduct Act. She is a senior leader with more than 25 years’ experience leading corporate, legal and regulatory organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.