When you hear the title ‘retirement commissioner’ you probably wouldn't picture someone on a longboard flying past you down the street. It's one of the ways Diane likes to spend time with her young family, which is fitting as her goal as commissioner is to improve the financial wellbeing of people of all ages, not just retirees. Previously she was at the financial markets conduct regulator, the FMA, but her interest in financial capability began during her five years at Bank of New Zealand.
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It’s probably not a good look to reveal Jane’s guilty pleasure is poker, but the stakes are so low they don’t make a dent in her savings. She learned a thing or two about the importance of budgeting and financial planning when she gave up a presenting and reporting job at the BBC to move to New Zealand as a freelance journalist. From there she joined TV3’s 6pm news team, before taking over the Commission’s media strategy and building its external relations.
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If you ever visit the Commission and hear music blaring, that’ll be David. He harbours dreams of becoming a radio DJ and when he’s not focusing on education or helping people prepare for life after work he’s elbowing his way to the front of mosh pits at gigs up and down the country. Before he joined the Commission he was GM Distribution Funds Management for ANZ Wealth and has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Group Manager, Community
Every office has its rugby nut and ours is Peter. Except it’s league not “that wussy union” that gets him excited. He used to be GM of NZ Rugby League, followed by a spell as CEO of the Pacific Business Trust. He now puts his sporting analogies to good use as he captains our community team. Their focus is on our Maori and Pacific Island communities, finding ways to enable them to take control of their financial futures.
Group Manager, Marketing and Communications
Debbie’s happy place is her holiday home at Mangawhai Heads where she gets to hang out with her partner, two children and friends. When she’s not escaping the daily grind of Auckland, she oversees the brand, communications, marketing and channel/product development of the Commission and Sorted. In a former life she was Head of Brand & Channel at Auckland Council and held various senior marketing and investment roles in her 16 years with ASB.
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When she’s not writing reports and strategies, you’ll find Laura at home near the beach writing books for children. Laura leads the delivery of the National Strategy for Financial Capability and manages the Commission’s relationships with key government stakeholders. She is also responsible for planning and reporting. Laura has over 15 years' experience in government agencies and most recently led the childhood obesity programme at the Ministry of Health.
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Executive Assistant to Retirement Commissioner – Diane Maxwell
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Programme Delivery Manager
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Personal Finance Editor
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Leadership Team PA
Manukoloa - Pasifika Programmes
National Manager - Retirement Villages
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