Page last updated: 23 September 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
John Botica, Director of Market Engagement and acting Director of Regulation landscape

John Botica: Director Regulation and Operations

John leads the FMA’s regulation and operations 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.

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.

Clare Bolingford, Director of Banking and Insurance 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

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

Archive

Year Time period CE expenses disclosure
2022 Samantha Barrass:
25 Jan 2022 – Jun
Travel Hospitality Gifts Other Summary
2021 Liam Mason:
Nov - 25 Jan 2022
Travel Hospitality Gifts Other Summary
Rob Everett:
July - Oct
Travel Hospitality Gifts Other Summary
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  
Jul-Dec

Travel

Hospitality Gifts Other  
2014   Rob Everett:
Jan-Jun

Travel

Hospitality Gifts Other  
Liam Mason:
Jan-Jun
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