Welcome to the FMA.
This page contains information about the FMA's executive leadership team and staff policies.
Samantha Barrass: Chief Executive B.Com (Econ), BCA. Hons (Econ), MSc (Econ)
Samantha has extensive international regulatory experience, including the Chief Executive role at UK’s Business Banking Resolution Service, a dispute resolution scheme for banks and business customers. Previously 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.
Clare Bolingford: Executive Director, Regulatory Delivery
Clare is responsible for directing, planning and delivery of the FMA’s core regulatory functions across licensing, engagement and supervision of regulated individuals and firms.
Previously Clare has led our Banking & Insurance Conduct function and served as Acting Director External Communications & Investor Capability.
Clare is leading the FMA’s implementation of the new conduct regime for banks, insurers and non-bank deposit takers, the new financial advice regime, and the Climate Related Disclosures regime.
Clare’s experience includes almost 20 years with the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, 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.
Paul Gregory: Executive Director, Response & Enforcement
Paul is responsible for overseeing the strategic approach and appropriate response to the actions and behaviour of market participants that pose risk or harm, including the investigation and enforcement of misconduct cases.
Previously, Paul has held leadership roles with the FMA as Director for Investment Management, Acting Director, Capital Markets, and Director for External Communications and Investor Capability
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.
Liam Mason: Executive Director - Evaluation, Oversight & General Counsel
Liam is responsible for a broad range of audit, risk, legal and governance matters along with evaluating the effectiveness of regulatory interventions and activity. He remains the FMA General Counsel.
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 has previously led frontline teams overseeing the FMA’s compliance frameworks, licensing, knowledge management and intelligence, and fintech functions.
Daniel Trinder: Executive Director, Strategy & Design
Daniel is responsible for leading the strategy and direction setting for the FMA, ensuring a clear view of the systems, priorities and regulatory design is developed and communicated across a broad range of external stakeholders.
Daniel has extensive experience in developing and delivering strategic direction, capability and planning, implementing policy and legislative changes, while leading successful and diverse teams at a global level.
Previously, Daniel has held leadership roles at HM Treasury in the UK, several global investment banks, a crypto-exchange, as well as an Advisor to the International Monetary Fund.
Daniel holds an MA in Economics from York University, Toronto, and a Ph.D. Economics, from Queen Mary University of London, where also holds an Honorary Professorship.
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.
The FMA discloses the Chief Executive’s expenses, gifts and hospitality as part of its commitment to transparency and accountability.
|Year||Time period||CE expenses disclosure|
|2023||Samantha Barrass: July 2022 - June 2023||Travel||Hospitality||Gifts||Other||Summary|
25 Jan 2022 – Jun
Nov - 25 Jan 2022
July - Oct
|Jul-Dec||FMA CE expenses|