Page last updated: 12 August 2022

People & leadership

Welcome to the FMA. This page contains information about the FMA's executive team and staff policies.

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Our executive team

Samantha Barrass, FMA CE landscape

Samantha Barrass: Chief Executive B.Com (Econ), BCA. Hons (Econ), MSc (Econ)

Samantha has extensive international regulatory experience, most recently as Chief Executive of UK’s Business Banking Resolution Service, a dispute resolution scheme for banks and business customers. Prior to that she was Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, which oversees the prudential and conduct regulation of Gibraltar’s financial services sector. She has held a number of other senior roles at finance regulators and industry associations, including the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the London Investment Banking Association. 

Samantha grew up in Christchurch, and studied Economics at the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington, before beginning her career as an economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Liam Mason: General Counsel and Acting Director Strategy & Stakeholder Relations

Liam has been with the FMA since its inception. He has extensive experience in securities law and corporate governance matters, advising on securities and financial services law and policy, Crown entity governance and legal compliance.

Liam was formerly the FMA’s Director of Regulation, overseeing the FMA’s compliance frameworks, licensing, knowledge management and intelligence, and fintech functions.

Liam Mason, Acting Chief Executive
Brad Edley, Chief Operating Officer landscape

Brad Edley: Chief Operating Officer

Brad leads the FMA’s corporate services team which includes the strategic and day-to-day functions of our finance, facilities, technology and project management functions. Brad has had extensive experience, predominantly as a senior finance executive, both in New Zealand and internationally having worked in the United Kingdom, Asia and New Zealand. He was most recently the Group CFO for the NZX listed company Finzsoft Solutions and has also held CFO roles for Mondelez International and Merck Inc.

John Botica: Director Market Engagment & Acting Director, Regulation

John leads the FMA’s market engagement activities. He is an experienced senior executive, director and consultant in the financial services industry. In previous roles, he was the co-founder of the Assure NZ Group, managing director at Guardian Trust and general manager wealth management at AXA.

John Botica, Director of Market Engagement and acting Director of Regulation landscape
Clare Bolingford, Director of Banking and Insurance landscape

Clare Bolingford: Director of Banking & Insurance Conduct and Acting Director External Communications & Investor Capability

Clare is leading the implementation of the new conduct regime for banks, insurers and non-bank deposit takers at the Financial Markets Authority. Clare previously worked for the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK for almost 20 years in a variety of policy, change implementation and supervision roles, including oversight of large banking groups and financial advisers. She also spent two years at the UK Treasury, leading capital markets and prudential policy.

James Greig: Director Supervision

James leads the monitoring and oversight functions of the FMA, which are responsible for supervising and reviewing financial markets participants to ensure compliance with obligations, and identifying and responding to misconduct.

Prior to joining the FMA as the Head of Supervision in 2016, he spent 20 years working in banking and insurance firms both in New Zealand and Australia. During this time, James worked in a variety of strategy, operations, technology, financial crime and risk management roles.


James Greig, Director of Supervision landscape
Paul Gregory, Director of Investment Management, and Acting Director of Capital Markets

Paul Gregory: Director Investment Management & Acting Director, Capital Markets

Paul is responsible for the FMA’s strategy and approach to investment management providers and products, including KiwiSaver. In his acting role he also leads the teams responsible for oversight of primary and secondary markets, disclosure and financial reporting by issuers, market infrastructure, intermediary platforms and audit quality.

His experience includes Chief Operations Officer at PIE Funds, positions in the investment and communications teams at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, and communications management roles at Macquarie Group, SKYCITY and Westpac.

Sarah Feehan: Director People & Capability

Sarah leads the FMA’s people and capability function, including recruitment, employment relations, organisational culture and performance management.

Sarah has worked with a number of professional services firms. She was a member of the senior leadership team for a national advertising agency. Before joining the FMA in 2016, Sarah was HR Manager at one of New Zealand’s top law firms

Sarah Feehan, Director of People and Capability landscape

Staff Policies

All members of staff are required to comply with the State Sector Code of Conduct. The Code sets out the minimum standards of integrity and conduct expected of public sector employees – they must be fair, impartial, responsible and trustworthy. 

Read the code

Chief executive expense disclosure

The FMA discloses the Chief Executive’s expenses, gifts and hospitality as part of its commitment to transparency and accountability. 


CE Expense Disclosure Gifts Samantha Barrass - 25 January 2022 – 30 June 2022

CE Expense Disclosure Gifts Liam Mason - 1 November 2021 – 25 January 2022

CE Expense Disclosure Gifts Rob Everett - 1 July 2021 - 31 October 2021


Year Time period CE expenses disclosure
2021 Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2020 Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2019 Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2018  Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2017  Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2016 Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2015  Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other


Hospitality Gifts Other
2014   Rob Everett:


Hospitality Gifts Other
Liam Mason:
Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2013  Jan-Jun Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2012  Jan-Jun CE expenses
Jul-Dec Travel Hospitality Gifts Other
2011 Jan-Jun FMA: May-Jun

Securities Commission: Jan-Apr

Jul-Dec FMA CE expenses