GIFA Academy Event – COVID-19 and the new normal (a panel event)

Start Date
Thursday 24th September 2020
End Date
Thursday 24th September 2020
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A panel discussion on what the “new normal” may look like as well as exploring the opportunities emerging from the impact of COVID-19 on working practices and business development. The panelists are Gavin St Pier, Elaine Gray, John Roche and Christopher Jehan who will be able to cover a wide spectrum of views and whose profiles are shown below. The debate will be moderated by James Falla.

This event will be held at Les Cotils on Thursday 24th September commencing at 12:30. Sandwiches and light refreshments will be provided.

Gavin St Pier
First elected in 2012 as a States Deputy and Minister of Treasury and Resources.

Re-elected in 2016 as States Deputy and President of the Policy & Resources Committee/Chief Minister. He is also the Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority.

Gavin is also a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and a Barrister.

Elaine Gray
Elaine is the President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.

She is a partner in and head of Carey Olsen’s Guernsey dispute resolution and litigation team where she advises local and international clients on commercial litigation and employment, data protection, competition law and intellectual property matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey.

Elaine has also been named as a leading lawyer in the Citywealth Leaders Lists each year from 2009 to the present date. Elaine is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and the Channel Islands Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, of which she is also a committee member. Elaine is also a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

She was previously appointed to the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey’s financial service industry.

Elaine was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Litigation to the Guernsey Bar in 2018.

Elaine is a Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E).

John Roche
John came to Guernsey in 1989 and has spent the majority of his working life with PwC in Guernsey interspersed with secondments to PwC’s financial services practices in Dublin (2 years) and London (6 years). His day job is as an audit partner working with listed and private asset management clients heavily weighted towards private equity, private debt, secondaries and infrastructure. John is accredited as a listings partner for IPOs for offshore investment funds on the London Main Market and has also been the audit partner for a number of FTSE250 and FTSE350 investment companies.  He has been the Risk Management Partner for the firm in the Channel Islands (2008-2015), the Guernsey Office Managing Partner (2013-2020) and a past President of the GSCCA.

Christopher Jehan
Following a 22-year career with Investec Asset Management (now Ninety One), Christopher launched Midshore Consulting Limited in September 2016 followed just over three years later by a joint venture in Florida.

Christopher specialises in global regulation, both assisting onshore firms with working offshore and offshore firms with providing products and services into the onshore market. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Member of the Institute of Directors and an IMC Member of the CFA Society of the UK.

Christopher is Chair of the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association, President of the Guernsey Branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and a Council Member of the Guernsey International Business Association as well as serving on various other committees and working parties.

James Falla
James spent 25 years as a reporter and editor at the Guernsey Press, latterly covering business in the island. Today he is communications manager at Guernsey Finance. He has moderated at a number of events in business and politics, including some GIFA Academy events.