Fisher, Chapman and Crossan all honoured

Three women connected with the financial services industry have been recognised in the New Year's Honours list.

Monday, December 31st 2018, 10:49AM

Fisher Funds founder Carmel Fisher was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business.

Fisher founded Fisher Funds Management in 1998 and as Managing Director has steered the company to become one of New Zealand’s largest investment management and KiwiSaver providers.

Fisher’s involvement in the New Zealand investment market has spanned more than 30 years. She was seen as a trailblazer when starting one of New Zealand’s first independent retail fund management companies and is now widely recognised as a leading investment professional.

Under her stewardship, Fisher Funds outpaced industry growth and over two decades grew from $17 million to more than $8 billion under management and is now the fifth-largest fund manager in the country behind the four major Australian banks.

Fisher Funds has received many awards and accolades for both performance and client service. Fisher is a business commentator, advocate and mentor.

She has championed women’s financial independence and financial literacy and supported a number of charities both through her company and personally. She was inducted into the Co. of Women Hall of Fame in 2017 and was awarded an INFINZ Fellowship in 2018, recognising her career success and contribution to the finance industry.

Fisher is currently a director of listed investment companies Kingfish Limited, Barramundi Limited and Marlin Global Limited, and of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Former Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan was recognised for her services to the State.

Crossan has provided leadership in the public service, working hard to enable equal employment opportunities and retirement savings.

Crossan was the first manager of the Equal Employment Opportunities Unit at the State Services Commission. In this role she helped shape legislation on equal work opportunities for women, Māori, other ethnic groups, and people with disabilities.

She was the Retirement Commissioner from 2003 to 2013, developing a national strategy for financial literacy that incorporated practical strategies such as the website, multimedia campaigns, and education in schools. Her work contributed to the development of Kiwisaver.

She worked on a number of governance boards focused on improving financial literacy and retirement planning, including as Chair of the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing Advisory Board and the Massey University Financial Education Centre Advisory Board. 

Barbara ChapmanBarbara Chapman, who recently stepped back from her role as ASB chief executive also received her Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business.

She led the bank from 2011 to 2018, and has a long career with businesses owned by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, including Sovereign.

At ASB she was a champion for improving diversity at senior levels in business. Chapman was an inaugural trustee of the New Zealand Equal Employment Opportunities Trust, and was Chair from 1995 to 2001.

Since leaving the bank Chapman has taken up a number of directorships.

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