The page contains information about the FMA’s executive team, staff policies and chief executive expenses.
Our executive team
Rob Everett Chief Executive
Rob was appointed chief executive in November 2013 and joined the FMA in February 2014. Originally from the United Kingdom, Rob was previously a director with regulatory consultancy Promontory Financial Group. Before that he spent 17 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Europe, Asia and North America. Rob brings a truly global perspective to the leadership of the FMA and has experience in investment banking, legal and risk management.
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.
Clare Bolingford Director of Banking and Insurance
Clare leads coordination and market engagement for the expected conduct licensing regime of banks and insurers. Clare previously worked for the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK for almost 20 years, most recently as Head of Cross-Cutting Policy and Head of Supervision for Retail Banking Groups. She also spent two years at the UK Treasury, leading capital markets and prudential policy.
James Greig Director of 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.
John Botica Director of Market Engagement
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.
Liam Mason Director of Regulation, and Acting General Counsel
Liam leads and oversees FMA’s compliance frameworks, licensing, knowledge management and intelligence, and fintech functions. In his acting General Counsel role he advises the FMA executive and board, and leads the FMA’s enforcement and litigation, policy and governance, corporate legal, and investigations teams.
Liam 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.
Louise Nicholson Director of External Communications and Investor capability
Louise leads the FMA’s External Communications and Investor Capability team. Louise is an experienced communications professional who has worked in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. She previously worked in the corporate affairs team at ANZ Bank and prior to that was a Partner at a local public affairs agency, where she ran their operations in New Zealand, then Asia. A former journalist, Louise has also held public affairs roles in Sydney and worked as a government press secretary in Australia.
Paul Gregory Director of Investment Management
Paul is responsible for the FMA’s strategy and approach to investment management providers and products, including KiwiSaver. 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 of People and 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.
Director of Capital Markets
Sarah leads the teams responsible for oversight of primary and secondary markets, disclosure and financial reporting by issuers, market infrastructure, intermediary platforms and audit quality.
She has more than 20 years’ public and private sector experience in financial and capital markets. Most recently she was the head of the New Zealand Debt Management Office within The Treasury, with responsibility for the management of the New Zealand Government’s largest financial portfolio and for funding the New Zealand Government. Sarah’s wholesale banking roles have included head of derivatives trading and head of information and technology.
Sarah was recognised for her effective leadership of New Zealand’s sovereign funding strategy in 2018 as New Zealand’s Woman of Influence – Global Impact. In 2019 Sarah was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals (INFINZ), recognising her significant and valuable contribution to New Zealand's finance and capital markets industry.
Scott McMurray Director of Strategy & Stakeholder Relations
Scott leads FMA’s strategy team and the Stakeholder function. He was previously FMA’s Manager of Government and Industry Relations and Acting Head of Stakeholder Management and managed the 2016 review of retirement income policies. His experience includes Government Relations Manager at Bank of New Zealand, and communications and advisory roles in local and central government, as well as working for a not-for-profit think-tank and public affairs consultancy.
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 has adopted its own Code of Conduct which adopts and supplements the State Sector 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. View the latest expenses disclosure for the period January to June 2021: