Our team

Leadership team

Diane 76 colour 427x640 250x375 

Diane Maxwell

Retirement Commissioner

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. 



Debbie Lowe

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.


David Boyle, Commission for Financial Capability

David Boyle 

Group Manager, Education 
09 356 1435
021 947 850

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.


Peter Cordtz, Commission for Financial Capability

Peter Cordtz

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. 



Laura Fair

Government Relations Manager

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.


Simon Peel 250px 2

Dr Simon Peel

Group Manager, Research and Strategy

When he's not thinking and talking research, Simon can be found pounding the streets of Auckland's waterfront. Simon leads CFFC's research and evaluation projects, and workplace financial education programmes. Prior to joining CFFC Simon was Executive Director, Research, at RMIT University in Melbourne. He has more than 20 years' experience in teaching, learning and research, and before moving into management held academic posts at the University of Auckland, Massey University and at University College London.


Media Enquiries

Estelle Sarney
Media Manager
021 246 4302


Our people


Russell Pilkington-Flinn
Executive Assistant to Retirement Commissioner – Diane Maxwell 
09 356 1447


Fiona Maxwell
Manager, Finance and IT 


Rebecca Cameron-Turner
Programme Delivery Manager
021 980 338


Bronwyn Groot
Manager Fraud Education


Tom Hartmann
Personal Finance Editor


Wendy Marr
Marketing Engagement Manager


Debbie Walker
Leadership Team PA


Marisa Gonzalez Aguiar
Programme Delivery Co-ordinator
09 356 1442


Alexander Stevens
Manukura Manager


Troy Churton
National Manager - Retirement Villages
09 356 1443  


Brendan Haddock
Digital Product Manager


Abigail Kerr
Graphic Designer


Accounts Administrator


Sarah Steele
Marketing & Communications Manager


Estefania Lopez
Production Manager


Tista Lythe
Research Analyst


Emily McLean
Social Media Manager


Kelly Gay
National Manager, Schools


Kate Reddington
Learning Designer