Diane Maxwell has worked on the theme of financial resilience for over twenty years in roles across banking and regulation, and during her two terms as the Retirement Commissioner for New Zealand. A Cabinet appointment but operating as an Autonomous Crown Entity, Diane was responsible for addressing the challenges of an ageing population and worked on complex policy issues including pensions, savings, debt, housing, and work. She was also tasked with building financial capability nationally, developing effective strategies based on analysis of future government liabilities.
A member of the OECD INFE (International Network of Financial Educators) for six years, Diane became a sought-after commentator internationally delivering keynotes in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia. Diane is now the Director of Policy and Risk at the Jersey Financial Services Commission, working on AML/CFT, prudential and conduct regulation, alongside operational and regulatory risk.
Her work to date has led to a keen understanding of the impact of low financial resilience on individuals, families, communities, and society more broadly. She is passionate about the importance of building financial capability from a young age, and has seen first-hand the benefits of targeted, effective programmes in improving financial wellbeing, and the resulting positive impacts on mental and physical health.