Our Board of Directors
The Fisher Funds Board of Directors is made up of six members who oversee the direction and strategy of Fisher Funds. The Board includes the following members:
Chairman & Director (Appointed January 2016)
Board Committees — Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Investment Strategy Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations 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. He also holds governance positions in medical, education and business support sectors for not-for-profit organisations.
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 is a director of businesses across the capital markets spectrum (with roles in venture investment, funds management, life insurance and banking). She also holds governance positions in arts, medical research and education not-for-profit organisations.
Jonathan Forbes McHardy
BCA, of Hawke's Bay
Director (Appointed March 2015)
Board Committees — Member of the Nominations Committee
Jonathan qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1984 and worked in the New Zealand banking industry until 1997. His last position was Director of Wholesale Banking for the National Bank of New Zealand where he was responsible for all wholesale banking operations. In 1997 he joined Credit Suisse, working for that institution in London and New York until March 2015. In the years from 1997 to 2009 he was in the Investment Banking division where he held a variety of senior positions including co-Head of European Fixed Income and co-Head of Securities. In 2009 he moved to the Asset Management division to head up the Partner Asset Facility a debt/special situations fund. He also served on a number of investment committees for Credit Suisse funds and investment programs. Jonathan has recently returned to New Zealand and now acts as an adviser to Credit Suisse as well as a small number of other entities. He is on the board of a number of private New Zealand companies, including HRL Morrison & Co.
BBS, CA, 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yarra Capital Management (formerly Goldman Sachs Asset Management Australia) in Australia, SpeedCast Limited (ASX:SDA) in Hong Kong, Nintex in Australia/US, YeePay in China, and was formerly on the Board of Forgame Tech (HKSE:484) in China.
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. She is currently a Future Director at Transpower, a Council Member of the Open Polytechnic, and a member of the Institute of Directors. Jennifer is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with degrees in Business and Psychology. She has also completed postgraduate education at Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
Harvard Business School – MBA, Harvard Law School – JD, cum laude, Harvard College – AB, magna cum laude, East Asian Studies, of Boston
Director (Appointed November 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.