The management of GIFA’s affairs has been delegated to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consists of at least seven members inclusive of the elected Chairman and Vice Chairman. Members are nominated for election at the annual AGM. The Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Monday of every month. The current members of the Executive Committee are show below.
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Christopher joined the Executive Committee in April 2015 and the following year he was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of GIFA. He was member of the Technical Committee in 2011 and became Chairman of that committee in November 2013, (a role he served until May 2016).
Christopher has also been a member of the working groups for both AIFMD and MiFID as well as various GIFA Working Groups.
Over the years Christopher has worked in Fund Operations, Investment Operations, Investor Services, Portfolio Administration and Legal & Technical as well as holding roles such as Projects Manager, Operations Manager and most recently Technical Director during his finance career.
Christopher has served as director of various open- and closed-ended corporate fund structures and ‘special purpose vehicles’ during his 20 year stint at Investec. He was also an alternate director to the General Partner for one of Investec’s Guernsey-based private equity funds.
Christopher has always been active within the finance industry and continues to attend industry events as well as give guidance by authoring fact sheets and online personal refresher modules for those in the industry & its organisations.
Vice Chair of the Executive Committee
Joanne is a non-Executive Director having previously been a director at PwC and has over 18 years of experience in the Funds Industry Whilst at PwC she predominantly focused on delivering Assurance services to Clients (including open and closed ended funds, listed products, alternative products, pensions and third party service providers).
Joanne has delivered Assurance services to hundreds of reputable clients predominantly in the Investment Management space in Guernsey, London, Toronto, Europe and the United States. With 10 years experience in Risk & Quality, Joanne has great experience considering the risks that a business is exposed to and how to manage those risks alongside vis-a-vis commerciality.
Joanne joined the GIFA Education Sub-Committee in 2012, and was part of the Committee that launched the Academy Programme. Joanne chaired the GIFA Education committee from 2014-2017 and became an Executive Committee Member in 2017.
Christopher has been advising the financial services sector in London, Sydney and Guernsey for over 25 years, with particular focus on private equity, having advised some of the world's largest private equity houses as well as new fund promoters in connection with fund establishment, investment structuring, exits and regulatory issues.
Darren is a partner of Mourant Ozannes in Guernsey. He specialises in investment funds and corporate transactions and was previously a partner at another offshore law firm in Guernsey. Before working in Guernsey, Darren trained and worked in the City of London.
Darren is a Solicitor of England and Wales (currently non-practising) and an Advocate, Guernsey. He is a member of the Guernsey Bar and the Guernsey International Legal Association.
Gregory joined Northern Trust in 2013 and currently heads up the Custody, Depositary and Trustee business units servicing private and corporate clients of Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited. He also holds a number of directorship and committee appointments across Northern Trust EMEA. Gregory has accumulated over 10 years experience within the financial services industry covering the fund administration, custodian and trustee sectors. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Institute of Directors.
Gregory became chair of the Custodian and Depository Committee in 2018.
Haley has worked in Guernsey’s finance industry since 2001 and specialises in the corporate secretarial, establishment and ongoing technical needs of complex fund and fiduciary structures across a wide range of asset classes.
She has held management roles for third party fund administrators for the last seven years, first as head of corporate secretarial and latterly with the added responsibility of new business, has sat as a voting member of operational compliance and risk committees and client acceptance committees and as project manager in respect of a number of new promoter and fund applications and for high-profile IPOs, secondary capital raisings and conversions across the Channel Islands, London (Main Market, AIM and SFM) and other stock exchanges globally. Haley has also headed up AIFMD and FATCA implementation projects, including leading the establishment of an AIFMD depositary “lite” business in Guernsey, and has provided in-house technical expertise and training on legal, regulatory and other rules-based matters. She has acted as a non-executive director and alternate director to a number of fund and fiduciary structures and as company secretary to a third party fund administrator. Haley holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of Buckingham and is qualified as a barrister, having been called to the Bar of England & Wales in July 2012.
Haley sits as Chair of the GIFA Technical & Compliance Sub-Committee.
James Tracey is the Managing Director for JTC (Guernsey) Limited and also has a seat on JTC’s Institutional Client Services (ICS) Board.
With more than 15 years’ experience in international financial services, James joined JTC in 2015 following the firm’s acquisition of Kleinwort Benson’s fund administration business and has worked in all areas of fund servicing, including commercial property, private equity, fund of funds and fund of hedge funds as well as listed investment vehicles. A director of JTC’s Guernsey AIFM services company, James also has a number of directorships on both management and investment companies.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), and a Member of both the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).
Linda Ogier has over 20 years experience in the finance industry and is Head of Fund Administration Services for J.P. Morgan in Guernsey. Linda is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Linda has been a member of the GIFA Education Sub-Committee since November 2013 and was appointed chair of the Committee in June 2017.
Mark is EY Advisory Director in Guernsey. He is a participant in the EY Blockchain Global Network and EY EMEIA Financial Crime Steering Committee and was interviewed for the 2020 EY/ACCA Report Economic Crime in a Digital Age.
Prior to EY Mark worked at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission as a Deputy Director, during which time he led the investment sector policy strategy as well as supervisory responsibilities. He was also a standing member of the Enforcement Case Review Panel and sat on the “2.2 jurisdictions” government-industry working party, attending IOSCO ERC meetings when required.
Mark is Vice Chair of ACCA’s Global Business Law technical forum and a member of ACCA’s Global Business Ethics technical forum, having previously sat on the Global Corporate Reporting forum.
Stephen Rouxel has been Head of Business at HSBC Management (Guernsey) Limited (HMG) in Guernsey since September 2016 where he is responsible for the running and strategic direction of HMG. HMG is an alternatives fund management company with over 50 funds distributed through multiple jurisdictions.
Stephen joined HSBC in 2015 and has been working in the finance industry since 2004. Previously, Stephen has held roles at State Street, Butterfield Fulcrum and Anson Fund Managers in Guernsey as well as roles at Royal Bank of Scotland Trustee and Depository Services in Edinburgh. Stephen is a professional member of the International Compliance Association and also sits on the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce Council as finance sector lead.