Our Board of Directors
The Fisher Funds Board of Directors is made up of seven members who oversee the direction and strategy of Fisher Funds. The Board includes the following members:
Chairman & Director (Appointed January 2016)
Board Committees — Chair of the Nominations Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Strategy Committee and Remuneration Committee
David has over 35 years’ experience in investment banking, funds management, property investment and retail banking where he developed a deep understanding of fiduciary duties to investors and risk considerations. Previous executive roles include Chief Executive of Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd, BT Financial Group, MLC Limited and Lloyds Merchant Bank. David is currently a non-executive director and Chairman of Charter Hall Group, Chairman of AUB Ltd, and was previously a non-executive director of AMP Ltd, and an executive director of Lend Lease Corporation Ltd.
Margaret Anne Blackburn
BA, MA, MInstD of Auckland
Director (Appointed June 2013)
Board Committees — Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee and member of the Nominations Committee
Anne has a professional banking background, having had earlier careers in journalism and diplomacy. She serves on boards across the capital markets spectrum including retail banking, life insurance, superannuation and funds management. Previous board roles have included stockbroking and venture investment. As well she has held board seats in a number of infrastructure businesses, and pro bono in the arts sector.
BBS, FCAANZ and MinstD of Taranaki
Director (Appointed July 2018)
Board Committees — Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee
Guy is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years commercial experience in New Zealand business, predominantly in the dairy industry. As an executive with Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, Guy held a number of senior commercial and director roles and was involved in the creation of the dairy trading auction platform GlobalDairyTrade. He worked for three years in Switzerland taking the lead role of Global Account Director servicing Fonterra’s business with Nestle. In this time he was a Director on Dairy Partners of America a joint venture between Fonterra and Nestle that operated throughout South America.He has eight years’ experience as a Trustee for the Dairy Industry Superannuation Fund. Guy joined Port Taranaki Ltd in 2013 and has been Chief Executive since 2015. He also serves as a Trustee on the TSB Community Trust based in New Plymouth and is a Director of TSB Group Limited.
Edward F. Sippel
Director (Appointed August 2017)
Board Committees — Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee
Ed is a Managing Director at TA Associates. He is Co-Head of Asia and manages the Hong Kong office which he opened in 2011. Ed has over 20 years of investment experience in deal sourcing, due diligence, structuring, and portfolio management. On behalf of TA Associates, Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yarra Capital Management (formerly Goldman Sachs Asset Management Australia) and Honan Insurance in Australia, YeePay in China, MISA in Vietnam, Gong Cha Companies in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan; and was formerly on the Board of Forgame Tech (HKSE:484) in China, Speed Cast (ASX:SDA) of Hong Kong and Nintex in Australia. Previously, Ed was a Partner and Head of Asia at Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global private equity firm. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Partner at TVG Capital Partners and worked at The Asian Infrastructure Fund (AIF) private equity firms based in Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Asia in 1997, Ed worked at Morgan Stanley in New York. Ed received a BA degree from Georgetown University.
BCom, of Blenheim
Director (Appointed July 2018)
Board Committees — Member of the Investment Strategy Committee and Nominations Committee
Jennifer has over 30 years’ experience in IBM where she developed her technology, leadership and innovation skills to lead strategic client change through market and technology disruption. During this period Jennifer held a number of CEO and Director roles which have provided the business skills and capability to lead multicultural teams across multiple industries and a range of client portfolios. In her time as an executive director Jennifer developed a strong understanding of the role of corporate governance and its value to successful leadership. While at IBM Jennifer held several senior roles including CEO IBM New Zealand, Vice President Digital and Cloud A/NZ, Vice President Industries A/NZ, Chair of Diversity and a Judge in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Jennifer holds several private and public sector governance roles including Port Marlborough and NZ Trade and Enterprise, and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Jennifer is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with degrees in Business and Psychology.
Harvard Business School – MBA, Harvard Law School – JD, cum laude, Harvard College – AB, magna cum laude, East Asian Studies, of Boston
Director (Appointed September 2018)
Board Committees — Chair of the Investment Strategy Committee and member of the Nominations Committee
Michael co-leads TA's North America Services Group and focuses on investments in business and financial services companies. Michael is a member of TA's Core Investment and Portfolio Committees, and he also has responsibility for supporting TA's Hong Kong office. He joined TA in 2004 and has more than 20 years of experience in the private equity industry. Michael's primary focus is in the business services industry, but he has also sponsored investments in healthcare, telecommunications, consumer and financial services sectors during his career. Michael has partnered with dynamic management teams to drive growth and value creation, both organically and through add-on acquisitions. Michael currently serves on the boards of OMNIA Partners, Towne Park, Truck Hero and Yarra Capital Management. Michael was educated at Harvard, earning undergraduate degrees as well as an MBA from the Business School.
Director (Appointed October 2020)
Board Committees — Member of the Nominations Committee
Mark is an accomplished investment management executive, with more than 35 years’ experience working with large and successful organisations across Australia, Europe and Asia. Mark was most recently global CEO of Colonial First State Global Asset Management (now First Sentier Investors), a Sydney-based role he held for 10 years until December 2018 prior to its acquisition by Japanese bank MUFG in 2019. Mark’s prior experience includes 17 years with State Street in a range of senior positions in Australia, Japan, and the UK. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst®. Mark also currently serves on the boards of Yarra Capital Management and the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.