The page contains information about the FMA Board and governance.
The FMA was established by the Financial Markets Authority Act 2011. The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is responsible for the FMA. The Minister sends us an annual Letter of Expectations. Our current Minister is the Hon Dr David Clark.
The Crown Entities Act 2004 sets out the collective and individual duties of the FMA Board and its members. The Board is the governing body of FMA. The Board’s focus is generally on the critical strategic and regulatory policy issues that determine the overall success of FMA.
The Board has two subcommittees:
the Audit and Risk Committee, which considers internal controls, accounting policies, and risk management. It also approves financial statements, and helps with the scope, objectives and functions of external and internal audits
the People, Performance and Remuneration Committee, which oversees FMA’s performance, remuneration, development and engagement systems, including setting the Chief Executive’s remuneration and key performance indicators.
In accordance with the State Sector Commission guidelines, the Board periodically reviews its own role and overall performance, its processes and procedures, the use of supporting Committees and Divisions and the performance of each Board member.
The remuneration of the FMA Board members is determined by the Remuneration Authority. See more information about the Remuneration Authority.
The Governor-General, on the advice of the Minister, appoints all members of the Board and determines, on the recommendation of the Minister, who will be Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Members hold office for up to 5 years and may be reappointed.
The FMA Board comprises between 5 and 9 members. The Governor-General, on the advice of the Minister, appoints all members of the Board and determines, on the recommendation of the Minister, who will be Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Members hold office for up to 5 years and may be reappointed.
Mark Todd Chairman, LLB Hons
Mark has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets regulation, including as a partner at a major law firm and through holding governance roles with both listed and unlisted companies. He co-founded Anti-Money Laundering Solutions and chaired Mint Asset Management. He was also the Customer Advocate at Westpac New Zealand.
Current term expires May 2024.
Ainsley McLaren Member, BCom
Ainsley has over 25 years of broad financial services experience including investment management, fixed interest and financial markets. Her experience includes various senior roles at ASB Group Limited in both investment management and financial markets. Ainsley is currently leading clients and communications at Harbour Asset Management. Until June 2018, she was also a board member of the Government Superannuation Fund Authority and Hohepa Auckland Regional Board.
Current term expires September 2021.
Christopher Swasbrook Member, BCom
Christopher has more than 25 years’ experience in stockbroking and funds management. He is currently the Managing Director of Elevation Capital Management Limited, Director of NZX-listed New Zealand Rural Land Company, NZX-listed Allied Farmers Limited, Bethunes Investments Limited and SwimTastic Limited. He is also a Member of NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal (since 2013) and a Member of the NZX Listing Sub-Committee (since 2008). He was previously a Partner at Goldman Sachs JBWere.
Current term ends June 2024.
Elizabeth Longworth Member, LLM
Elizabeth has over 20 years’ legal experience, predominantly in commercial, banking and technology law, as well as international governance and development expertise. She has specialties in information policies and disclosure, risk management, ESG, ethics and ADR. As the Executive Director of UNESCO, Paris, Elizabeth had strategic and oversight responsibilities across the organisation. She was the Director of the UN office for disaster risk reduction, Geneva. Previous NZ roles include Sector Director at Industry New Zealand and In-house Counsel at the Reserve Bank.
She chairs the FMA Audit and Risk Committee. Current term expires July 2023.
Prasanna Gai Member, B.Ec (Hons), M.Phil, D.Phil
Prasanna is Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Auckland and a Senior Research Fellow at the Deutsche Bundesbank. He brings over 25 years of experience in financial market issues from academic and high-level policy roles. Prasanna was Special Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Senior Adviser at the Bank of England, and Member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board. He was also Professor of Economics at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
Current term ends April 2023.
Vanessa Stoddart Member, BCom/LLB (Hons), PG Dip in Prof Ethics
Vanessa is a Director of The New Zealand Refining Company Ltd, OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd, Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee for MBIE and holds other charitable and advisory governance roles. She was previously a Senior Executive at Air New Zealand and CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia.
Current term expires June 2021.
Sue Chetwin Member
Sue has more than 12 years’ experience working for and on behalf of consumers and is the former CEO of Consumer New Zealand. She is a strong supporter of financial regulations that encourage innovation while protecting consumer interests. She chairs the Government’s review of drug buying agency PHARMAC and is a member of the Law Society Independent Steering Group Committee considering the terms of reference for the statutory framework for legal services. She is also a director of Food Standards Australia NZ. Her experience includes 25 years in journalism including editing the Sunday News, Sunday Star Times and Herald on Sunday.
Current term expires September 2022.
Tia Greenaway Future Director - Observing
Tia Greenaway is a Principal Analyst at the Climate Change Commission and has broad experience in the Māori sector due to her various roles on Trust Boards and as an adviser. Tia has a Masters in Professional Accounting, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.