About Us

The Code Committee was established under the Financial Advisers Act 2008. It is responsible for reviewing the Code from time to time and recommending such changes as the Code Committee thinks fit.

Members of the Code Committee are appointed and discharged from time to time by FMA in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Adviser Act 2008.

For further information concerning financial advisers outside of the scope of the Code, visit www.fma.govt.nz(external link)

The current members are:

David Ireland, Wellington (Chair
Partner, Kensington Swan 
25 years’ experience in financial services law. Former chair, Workplace Savings NZ.

Jon Duffy, Wellington
Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Policy and Operations)
Jon is a current board member of Consumer NZ and Deputy Chair of Netsafe.  He was previously with the Commerce Commission, Trade Me and the Real Estate Agents Authority.

Ross Butler, Nelson 
Professional and independent director 
Former executive chair and director of GIO Financial Services Australia and chair of the Institute of Financial Advisers of New Zealand (IFA). Currently chairman of Mercer NZ, Southern Response Earthquake Services, and a director Mercer Investments Australia and  Rangitane Holdings.

Shane Edmond, Christchurch 
Manager of Retail Broking, Forsyth Barr Ltd 
26 years’ experience in stockbroking/investment adviser industry.

Gary Young, Auckland 
Chief executive, Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand Inc (IBANZ). 33 years’ experience in insurance broking.

Stephen O’Connor, Invercargill
Stephen is an Authorised Financial Adviser and principal of Mitre Wealth Management. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial advisory industry and is the past president of the Institute of Financial Advisers and former chair of the Financial Planning Standards Board.

Martin Hawes, Queenstown
Martin Hawes is an Authorised Financial Adviser. He is the author of over 20 books on personal finance and is currently a columnist with the Sunday Star Times and Juno magazine. Martin serves on the boards of New Zealand Income Guarantee Ltd and Whai Rawa Fund Ltd.

Melanie Biss, Auckland
General Manager, Risk and Assurance for Commercial & Agri. Experienced financial services executive and lawyer.