ASIC senior executives


James Shipton BA (Melbourne); LLB (Hons) (Monash)

James Shipton commenced as ASIC Chair on 1 February 2018.

James has more than 20 years experience in regulation, financial markets, the law and academia – internationally and in Australia.

Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Harvard Law School's Program on International Financial Systems. Prior to that, James was an Executive Director and Commission member of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong, where he led the Intermediaries (Supervision & Licensing) Division.

Before the SFC, James spent almost a decade at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong in senior roles as a Managing Director in both the securities division and the Asia Pacific executive office. Prior to that, he ran the hedge fund consultancy business of Eurekahedge, co-founded ComplianceAsia (Asia’s first pan-regional independent regulatory consulting firm) in Singapore and worked in equity capital markets at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (now Commerzbank) in Hong Kong and London.

James began his career as a funds and securities lawyer at law firms Linklaters and Blake Dawson Waldron in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

James has previously served as Deputy Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s Hong Kong & China Chapter, Vice Chair of the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and a Board Member of the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association. He has also served on the Professional Advisory Board for the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, the Hong Kong Advisory Group for the Fred Hollows Foundation and the business advisory councils to the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

Appointment as Chair, Minister's press release, 17 October 2017

Deputy Chairs

Karen Chester BEc (Hons)

Karen Chester commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair on 29 January 2019.

Before joining ASIC, Karen was a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission since 2013 and Deputy Chair since May 2016.

Previously, Karen was a Partner at Mercer and Global Head of Infrastructure. Before joining Mercer, Karen was a Partner at Access Capital Advisers and the CEO of Access Economics. Karen has held directorships on several Australian infrastructure company boards.

Before moving to the private sector, Karen held senior economic policy roles in the Australian Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Karen has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Queensland and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics by the University in 2017. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointment as Deputy Chair, Treasurer’s press release, 7 December 2018

Daniel Crennan QC BA LLB (Hons); MAICD

Daniel Crennan QC commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair on 16 July 2018.

Daniel is a Queen's Counsel who practised privately in corporate law, commercial law, administrative law, private international law and arbitration.

Before joining ASIC, Daniel was a member the Victorian Bar for sixteen years, served on the Bar Council for six years and was the Honorary Treasurer of the Bar.

Daniel previously served as a director of Barristers' Chambers Ltd and the Law Council of Australia.

Daniel has completed the Accelerated Route to Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has been appointed to the boards of several public and private companies and is currently the chair of a children's charity.

Appointment as Deputy Chair, Minister's press release, 28 March 2018


Cathie Armour BEc, LLB (Hons) (ANU); LLM (Sydney); GAICD

Cathie Armour commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 3 June 2013.

Cathie has 18 years experience in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. Most recently, she was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group, advising on equity, debt and private capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and financial investment transactions. She has also held senior compliance and operational risk positions at Macquarie Capital and at JP Morgan in Australia. Before she joined ASIC, Cathie was also a member of the ASX Tribunal. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cathie previously worked in private legal practice for the forerunners of the firms King & Wood Mallesons and Allens in Sydney and for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York.

Reappointment as a Commissioner, Minister's media release, 23 May 2017

Appointment as a Commissioner, Treasurer's press release, 24 April 2013

Sean Hughes BA, LLB (Hons) (Cantab – NZ); LLM (Cambridge); GAICD

Sean Hughes commenced as an ASIC commissioner on 1 December 2018, for a five-year term.

Sean was the Chief Executive of New Zealand’s capital markets and financial services regulator, the Financial Markets Authority from 2010 to 2013.

He was most recently the Group General Counsel for the listed company Tabcorp and, before that, Chief Risk and Legal Officer at UniSuper. Sean has held leadership positions at National Australia Bank, ANZ and was a partner at the law firm Herbert Geer & Rundle (now Thompson Geer).

Sean has had previous senior positions with ASIC. From 2008 to 2010, Sean was Senior Executive Leader for Corporate Governance and Corporations; and from 1999 to 2003, he held a number of senior executive roles including as Director, Financial Services Regulation.

Sean has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Master of Law from Cambridge University in the UK. He holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointment as a commissioner, (Treasurer’s media release, 31 August 2018).

Danielle Press BEc (Hons) (WA)

Danielle commenced as an ASIC commissioner for a five-year term on 17 September 2018.

She brings to ASIC broad corporate leadership and specialist experience in investment management, capital markets and superannuation.

Danielle was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Myer Family Company and, from 2010 to 2016, Chief Executive Officer of Equipsuper.

She has also had senior roles at UBS Global Asset Management and SBC Asset Management and started her career as an analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Appointment as commissioner, Treasurer’s media release (31 August 2018)

John Price BA, LLB (Hons) (Queensland)

John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012.

He has 20 years regulatory experience including a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency, ASIC's Registry and financial reporting and audit.

John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia.

John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia. He also leads ASIC's work helping small business and cutting red-tape.

Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.

Reappointment as a Commissioner, Minister's press release, 19 March 2018

Commission specialist teams


Senior Executive

Chief Legal Officer

Chris Savundra

Corporate Affairs

Matthew Abbott

People & Development

Helen O'Loughlin

Internal Audit & Operational Risk

Clare Lewis

Strategy group

Senior Executive Leader: Greg Kirk


Senior Executive Leader

Strategic Policy

Andrew Fawcett

Strategic Intelligence

Mark Adams

International Strategy

Ged Fitzpatrick

Financial Capability

Laura Higgins


Stakeholder team

Senior Executive Leader

Financial Reporting and Audit

Doug Niven


Claire LaBouchardiere / Rachel Howitt

Financial Market Infrastructure

Oliver Harvey

Insolvency Practitioners

Thea Eszenyi

Market and Participant Supervision

Greg Yanco

Enforcement team

Senior Executive Leader


Sharon Concisom

Enforcement (WA)

Natalie Dürr

Investors and financial consumers

Stakeholder team

Senior Executive Leader

Investment Managers & Super Funds

Jane Eccleston

Financial Advisers

Louise Macaulay / Joanna Bird

Deposit Takers & Insurers & Credit Services

Michael Saadat

Assessment and Intelligence

Warren Day

Enforcement team

Senior Executive Leader

Financial Services

Tim Mullaly

Registry and licensing


Senior Executive Leader


Rosanne Bell


Senior officer

Chief of Operations

Carlos Iglesias

Chief Information Officer

Jo Harper

Chief Financial Officer

Emily Hodgson

Corporate Services

Amanda Dixon

Chief Data Officer

John Wallace

Regional Commissioners


Regional Commissioner


John Weaver


Warren Day


Chris Green

Western Australia

Natalie Dürr

South Australia

Melissa Smith

Australian Capital Territory

Christian Mikula

Northern Territory

Duncan Poulson

New South Wales

Michael Saadat

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