1. About us
  2. Governance
  3. Our Board

Our Board

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.

Meet our board of directors

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.

Board committees and divisions

The FMA has two Board committees:

Audit and risk committee

This committee 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. Currently it has three members: Mark Todd (Chair), Ainsley McLaren and Elizabeth Longworth.

Performance and remuneration committee

This committee assesses performance measures and staff remuneration. It has three members: Murray Jack (Chair), Vanessa Stoddart and Campbell Stuart.

A Division is a group of at least 3 members of the Board who have been assigned to deal with a matter or class of matter, determined by the Board or Chairperson. A Division is brought into existence by a determination of the Board or Chairperson and has the all the powers of the Board in relation to the matter or class of matter to which it has been assigned. Divisions are convened to consider matters such as class exemptions and for decisions on litigation matters.

Murray Jack

Chairman, BCom, FCA 

Murray has over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, and was previously a member of the Securities Commission. He is also Chair of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and Education Payroll Limited, and a director of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd.

Current term expires April 2019.


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 client relationships at Harbour Asset Management and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. 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.


Campbell Stuart

Member, BCom

Campbell has 30 years’ experience in stockbroking and funds management. He is also a Director of Aspiring Asset Management. He was previously Managing Principal at UBS New Zealand, was on the NZX Disciplinary Committee, and was Vice Chair of NZX.

Current term expires June 2019.


Elizabeth Longworth

Member, LLM

Elizabeth has over 20 years’ commercial legal experience and international governance expertise. She has specialties in information policy and disclosure, risk management, 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 roles include Sector Director at Industry New Zealand and In-house Counsel at the Reserve Bank. 

Current term expires June 2020.


Mark Todd

Member, LLB Hons

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets regulation, and has held governance roles with both listed and unlisted companies. He co-founded Anti-Money Laundering Solutions and chairs Mint Asset Management. He is also the Customer Advocate at Westpac New Zealand.

Current term expires June 2020.


Mary Holm

Member, BA, MA, MBA

Mary is a financial columnist, author, seminar presenter and director of Financial Services Complaints Ltd. She was a member of the Capital Markets Development Taskforce, and the Savings Working Group, and has been a newspaper business editor and part-time senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Current term expires June 2019.


Prasanna Gai

Member, B.Ec (Hons), M.Phil, D.Phil 

Prasanna is Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Auckland. He brings over 20 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 is currently a Member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board. Prasanna 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

Vanessa StoddartMember, BCom/LLB (Hons), PG Dip in Prof Ethics

Vanessa is a Director of NZ Refinery, Heartland Bank and The Alliance Group, a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and the Audit and Risk Committee for DOC and MBIE. She was previously a Senior Executive at Air New Zealand and CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia.

Current term expires June 2021.


William Stevens

Member, BBS

William has 30 years’ experience as an investment adviser. He is an NZX adviser, a Director of Craigs Investment Partners, and Chairs the Dingwall Trust for Children. He was previously Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Current term expires June 2020.