John Tomlins was appointed Chairman of the FNZ UK Board in May 2013. John is a highly experienced business leader with director experience at Plc level. He has a proven track record of combining strategic thinking with delivering major IT and change programmes and has led transformational culture change in large enterprises and start-ups.
John is currently a Non-Executive Director of AJ Bell and Director of Parkhill Property Developments.
Prior to FNZ, John was Group Chief Operating Officer at Old Mutual and Chief Executive Officer for Shared Services. He was also a founder executive of Selestia (now Old Mutual Wealth) and a strategic advisor to KPMG. During his career, John also held director level positions at IBM, Prudential, Britannic and Skandia.
Adrian is the founder and CEO of FNZ and has overseen the development of the company since it started in 2004. He is currently based in the company’s London office.
Prior to founding FNZ, he worked as an equity analyst for what at the time was Credit Suisse NZ now First NZ Capital.
Adrian has a BSc (Hons 1st Class) in physics and mathematics, and a BMus in performance piano, both from Victoria University Wellington.
Vivienne became CFO in July 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director at both Celtic & Co and at Hunter Boot.
She brings over 15 years of experience to FNZ, having worked previously with high-growth, high-profile private equity backed companies in the branded, technology and financial services sectors.
In addition to an excellent track record of strategic financial planning and departmental management, Vivienne has a broad skill set that includes prior technical and data management experience in addition to business development.
Vivienne has a first class degree in Physics and studied Non-Linear Fluid Dynamics as a post-graduate at Oxford University.
Catherine Brown was appointed to the FNZ UK Board January 2016. Catherine is also a Non-Executive board member of the Cabinet Office, a trustee of Cancer Research UK, and of the Blue Cross.
Until recently, Catherine was Group Strategy Director of Lloyds Banking Group and prior to that she was Executive Director HR at the Bank of England where she led the organisation planning for establishing and integrating the Prudential Regulation Authority. From 2004 to 2010, Catherine was with Apax Partners, firstly as HR director while the firm transitioned from venture capital to become a global buyout firm, and subsequently Chief Operating Officer.
Beginning her career in banking, Catherine worked extensively in emerging economies before joining management consultancy firm McKinsey.
Christian joined FNZ in February 2011, with responsibility for all regulatory Compliance matters across the FNZ Group and the management of Risk through the Global Risk and Control Framework.
He also takes responsibility for our risk management methodology and for driving this throughout the business.
Having worked in financial services for more than 20 years, Christian began his career at Diageo, before joining AEGON, where he worked for 16 years. There, he was responsible for all aspects of compliance, for the insurance companies and distribution firms within the group, as well as being accountable for building and maintaining a strong working relationship with the FCA.
FCA Approved Person Status: CF1 Director (FNZ (UK) Ltd), CF10 Compliance Officer, CF11 MLRO, Director of UK and APAC Operating Companies.
Sue Harris was appointed to the FNZ UK Board in 2019.
She is a senior executive with over 30 years of financial and commercial experience gained in the retail and financial services sectors. Her expertise has spanned business development, strategic planning, audit, financial control, corporate finance, treasury as well as commercial finance.
A chemist by training, Sue began her career at Ford Motor Co. before moving to oil company Amerada Hess. She subsequently held senior executive roles at Marks & Spencer plc across finance and strategy , and latterly as Head of Corporate Development and Group Treasurer, and Managing Director Finance at Standard Life, where she led the process to float the company in 2006.
She then joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), where she was Finance Director of, respectively, Cheltenham and Gloucester, LBG’s Retail Bank and LBG Group Finance, and latterly Group Audit Director.
Previously, Sue was a Non-Executive Director of St. James’s Place (representing LBG) and Bank of Ireland UK. She was a member of the audit and remuneration committees of the British Bankers’ Association, chair of trustees for KCP Youth and during a ten-year association with Mencap chaired both the finance and audit committees.
Sue is currently a Non Executive director of Abcam (AIM listed Biotech where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee), Schroders and Co (Audit and Risk Committee chair), Barclays Pension Trust and Co-operative Bank.
Gregor Stewart was appointed to the FNZ Group Board in August 2015 and the UK Board in January 2016.
He is a non-executive director of Alliance Trust plc and Intrinsic Financial Services and acts as a professional adviser to international financial services groups.
Previously, he was Finance Director for the Insurance Division of Lloyds Banking Group PLC from 2009 to 2012 and a member of Lloyds Banking Group's Finance Board and Senior Asset & Liability Committee. He joined Ernst & Young in 1985, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988, and became a partner in 1999. His career at Ernst & Young spanned 23 years with a principal focus on investment management and insurance through audit, advisory and M&A transactions.
Gregor has a B.Acc. from the University of Glasgow. He is Honorary Treasurer for the charity International Alert.