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 Director at PwC and has over 18 years of experience in the Funds Industry. Joanne predominantly focuses 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.
Andrew is a Non-Executive Director of a number investment funds and management companies both LSE Listed and privately placed. He is also chair of investment and audit committees.
Andrew was formerly Managing Director of Butterfield Fulcrum in Guernsey specialising in offshore fund administration.
Before returning to Guernsey in 2005 Andrew worked in the International Financial Markets within the Debt Capital Markets and Treasury businesses of ING. As a Senior Director he played a key role in supporting investment, trading and client servicing activities within the Asia Pacific region. During this period, Andrew lived in Hong Kong and also spent a substantial amount of time working in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.
He is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a member of the GIFA NED committee.
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.
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).
John is a Director of Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited (“NTIFAS”) where he is Head of Client Servicing.
He was formerly head of Real Estate Fund Administration and was responsible for the establishment of Real Estate fund administration services as a distinct service offering. Prior to that, John was Head of the Central Accounting Unit which is responsible for the preparation of the financial statements of all funds and related entities administered by NTIFAS.
He worked for KPMG in Guernsey prior to joining NTIFAS in 1992, where he was responsible for the audit of a portfolio of entities in the finance industry.
He currently holds a number of non-executive board appointments in fund management and investment companies.
John Trained as a Chartered Accountant in Sligo in the north-west of Ireland where he is from. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Galway in Ireland, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland. He is resident in Guernsey.
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.
Paul Wilkes was appointed as a member of the GIFA Executive Committee in May 2013.
Paul joined Collas Crill in 2007, having spent two years at another Guernsey law firm after arriving from Australia in 2006. Previously Paul worked as a solicitor for Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney. Paul has been a group partner at Collas Crill since 2011.
Paul specialises in the establishment and regulation of open and closed ended investments funds, acting as both lead counsel and alongside major UK and international law firms. Paul also advises private equity executives on the structuring of carried interest and related matters.
Chambers 2012 considers Paul to be ‘an emerging star of the Guernsey legal profession,’ and ‘young and hungry.’
Paul is qualified as a Solicitor in New South Wales, Australia and England and Wales.
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.