Governance Guernsey 2020

Creating a Sustainable Future


Wednesday 21 October 2020


St. Pierre Park Hotel 

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Due to the changing circumstances around coronavirus (COVID-19), we have rescheduled this event for the 21 October 2020. The details below are currently correct but may be subject to change.


For organisations in Guernsey, governance is not a static thing. It continues to evolve and throw up new challenges – whether they be in compliance and regulation, in the deployment of new technologies, in crisis management, or in demonstrating greater transparency around social and environmental impact. For stakeholders, good governance is an essential part of business success and debates continue to rage as to how organisations can build effective, high-performing boards that can deal with these and other issues.

In this year’s conference, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the ins and outs of this new governance landscape. We look at whether organisations have underestimated the challenges ahead, and reflect upon how they can improve what they do in response to this constantly changing world.



Registration, tea/coffee


Chair’s opening remarks


Governance - Guernsey's added value

Guernsey is a key international finance centre and is subject to intense ongoing scrutiny from many quarters – among them governments, tax authorities, regulators and clients themselves. We look at how crucial effective governance is in providing confidence to these stakeholders – creating added value which in turn attracts high-quality new business. We also consider what the future holds more generally for the island’s governance landscape.

Rupert Pleasant, Chief Executive, Guernsey Finance LBG


'The Perfect Board' – getting the mix right

Without the right skills and leadership from the board, all the laws, regulations and internal procedures a company needs to follow can be ineffective. But what does the optimal board really look like? In this session, we ask, what is the optimal mix of executives and non-executives? Should shareholder representatives sit on the board – and what about functions like HR and Compliance? What should the board consider in terms of diversity, or of directors’ personalities and behaviours?

Phil Eyre, Founder, Leaders Consultancy

Wendy Dorey, Non-Executive Director, Schroders Channel Islands
Susie Crowder, Human Capital Director, Grant Thornton, Guernsey
Wayne Bulpitt CBE, Co-Founder, Aspida Group Limited, former UK Chief Commissioner, The Scouts and respected socail entrepreneur


Networking break


Forward with purpose

The idea that profit and purpose are mutually exclusive has been challenged in recent years as the public, stakeholders and regulators alike look for greater transparency about organisations’ social and environmental impact. This is borne out by studies which show that embracing a higher purpose is indeed a good thing. Our panellists discuss how and why organisations with strong purpose outperform those that don’t, and whether the 'triple bottom line' is a valid framework in which to create additional business value.

Jennifer Carnegie, President, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Paula Williams, President, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited
Perrin Carey, Advisor, speaker and researcher | Assisting organisations move towards better governance


Artificial Intelligence in financial services

Few technologies have captured the popular imagination like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Beyond the hype, organisations are looking at how it can transform their businesses, drive efficiencies and help serve customers better. Yet while the pressure to stay ahead has never been greater, institutions are aware that new capabilities can also create new potential liabilities, and consumers are increasingly mindful of the security of their data. In this session, we explore the potential risks and rewards of AI.


Networking lunch


Corporate failure – spotting the risks

From Enron to Thomas Cook, Carillion to the current problems at Boeing, poor corporate governance lies at the heart of many a corporate failure. Be they issues around transparency, poor oversight from the board, or challenges around culture, these and other scandals have a lot to teach us. In this session, we pull together some of these recurring themes and design a ‘checklist’ of issues organisations might use to examine the effectiveness of their governance.

John Harris, Chairman, Crestbridge Limited


Future Compliance – The New World Order

The inexorable march of compliance and regulation over the years continues to dominate many regulated businesses in the Channel Islands. Whilst the islands can rightly be proud of their strong reputation on the global stage, are businesses and regulators now in danger of spending too much time measuring compliance activity, rather than being incentivised to catch the bad guys? How important is good governance in ensuring regulated entities actually follow the rules? In this session we look at key themes for regulated sectors going forward.

Mathew Beale, Managing Director, Comsure Jersey


Networking break


Practical lessons in crisis management

All organisations face a crisis at some point in their life. Ensuring management is ready to handle a crisis is an important part of the board’s risk oversight role, and directors can find themselves taking an active role if a situation spins out of control and a PR disaster is on the cards. Good governance means knowing where your weaknesses are before a crisis hits, and having crisis management planning firmly in place. So, is your board prepared? 

Anthony Gardner, Director, Gardner Hillman Active Solutions


Trust me, I’m listed: Restoring purpose in corporate reporting

For many companies, reporting is viewed solely as a statutory exercise, a complex bit of coordination that draws on multiple teams to get the final report across the finishing line. In this session, we go back to first principles and explore some of the big questions around what reporting is really for, and how companies can produce informative, authentic and effective reports which engender trust with their stakeholders, and make employees feel proud of their company. 

Speaker:Claire Bodanis, Founder and Director, Falcon Windsor


Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference

*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change


Annette Andrews,Chief people officer Lloyds TSB

Annette Andrews is an experienced Senior Executive and Human Resources Professional; she has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is also a qualified Coach and Mediator.

She started her career in HR at Ford Motor Company, completing 14 years in the Manufacturing Business and then four years in Ford Credit, the Finance and Insurance part of the Company. She originally joined Ford from University as a HR Graduate Trainee, developing through the HR function doing numerous generalist and specialist roles on a UK, International and Global basis. The experience gained whilst at Ford provided an invaluable and broad foundation for her career.

Annette then spent six years at Lloyds Banking Group where she had a number of roles within HR, including working on the team that supported the Integration process with the Bank of Scotland and three years as Head of HR for the Americas. On her return, she was appointed as the HR Director responsible for Recruitment across the Group.

She then moved to the Specialist Insurance Sector, firstly joining Catlin where she was the Human Resources Director for the UK, working with the business to develop the ‘People Strategy’ for the UK. She then became the Chief People Officer for the Lloyd’s Insurance Market reporting to the CEO; operating at Board and Executive level, responsible for developing and leading the Talent Strategy for the Corporation and Market. A very diverse and far reaching role, with considerable change achieved across the people agenda.

In addition, Annette has sat on advisory groups for the City and the UK government, spoken at conferences and events, and presented to senior leaders and HR professionals as a subject matter expert. She is a founder member of the HR Guild, is currently the Senior Warden and will be moving to the role of Master in October 2020.

She is a single mum with two sons who are now at University; she is incredibly proud of them and regards them as her greatest achievement. Outside work she is active in her local community, this includes providing pet therapy support to groups and individuals with her dog Barkley.

She has now founded ‘Acaria Coaching & Consulting’ so that her knowledge and experience can support individuals and organisations with Coaching, Mentoring, Mediation, Event facilitation, interim roles and specialist projects. She also enjoys speaking at events and participating in Leadership and Development programmes.

Claire Bodanis, Founder and Director at Falcon Windsor

Claire is one of the UK’s leading authorities on corporate reporting, and the founder and director of Falcon Windsor, a specialist corporate communications and reporting agency.

Claire is the co-author of three books with The Dark Angels Collective – the world’s first collective novel, Keeping Mum, published in 2014; Established – Lessons from the World’s Oldest Companies, published in 2018; and On Writing, to which she contributed a chapter on corporate reporting, published in 2019. She is an Associate Partner of Dark Angels, a global network of trainers and writers whose philosophy is that business writing should be more human.

John Richard Harris

John Harris

Recently retired as Jersey’s Chief Financial Services Regulator after 12 years in the role, John is now the non-executive Chairman of the Crestbridge Group, a leading corporate services, trust and fund administration business; a non-executive Director of Nedbank Private Wealth Limited and a Consultant to government and regulatory bodies in his field of expertise.

John has extensive experience of running financial services institutions of scale and complexity in both private and public sectors. He majors in general management skills allied to international experience, the development of people, strategic awareness and relationship skills, underpinned by technical know-how in his field as a practitioner, policy maker and regulator.

John Harris was appointed the Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) on 6 November 2006 and retired in July 2018. During this time the reputation and operational capability of the JFSC as a sophisticated regulator, contributing strongly to Jersey’s appeal as one of the top international finance centres (IFCs), has been substantially enhanced.

From 2002 to 2006, John Harris held the position of Director - International Finance in the Government of Jersey where he had responsibility for all aspects of the government's policy on the maintenance and enhancement of Jersey's position as an international finance centre.

From 1998 to 2002 he was Chief Executive Officer for NatWest Offshore with responsibility for 8 offices worldwide. He spent 22 years working for NatWest Bank during which time he held management positions in the UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Nassau and the Channel Islands. John Harris obtained a BA (Hons) at Exeter University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Perrin Carey

Perrin is a highly experienced, professionally qualified, Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA) with a Postgraduate degree in Corporate Governance. He has worked at executive level in compliance, risk management and governance for over 15 years and this has involved financial services, eGaming, UK Higher Education and regulatory authorities.

He is a researcher in organisational culture, a qualified teacher, speaker and leadership coach and former university lecturer, who has a pragmatic but evidence-based approach to this most challenging area and is passionate about changing the narrative that surrounds governance, risk and compliance and their integration with organisational culture.

Perrin recently set up as a freelancer advising, supporting and working with organisations to guide them towards designing, implementing and monitoring better governance systems and organisational culture in order to move them towards a more dynamic, supple and responsive model of business that promotes long-term growth, shareholder value, sustainability, consumer confidence and of course regulatory compliance.

Wayne Bulpitt

Wayne Bulpitt founded the Active Group Limited in 2002, now Aspida Group following its merger with Optimus in 2019, and has over 35 years’ experience of business leadership in banking and investment administration services.

In 1998 this experience was to prove crucial for the CIBC where, as Director of Offshore Investment Services, Global Private Banking & Trust Division, his main priority was the restructuring and delivery of its investment management services outside of North America.

At the same time as successfully building his career and business Wayne has been a passionate supporter of philanthropy and volunteering, especially in the support and development of young people. He was at the centre of the strategic leadership of the Scout Movement in the UK culminating in his appointment in 2009 as the Movement’s first UK Chief Commissioner. On retiring from these posts in September 2016 he was appointed a Vice President of the Movement.

In addition, Wayne has been influential in wider community and youth issues, currently chairing The Diana Award and as a member of the Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia, whilst in Guernsey he has founded and continues to be involved in a number of significant charities including the Guernsey Community Foundation, the Youth Commission of Guernsey & Alderney and Home-Start Guernsey.

A highly regarded inspirational leader and philanthropist, Wayne’s significant contributions to the community were recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours when he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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Wednesday 21 October 2020


St. Pierre Park Hotel 


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Non-member £239
Professional subscriber £114
Member £199
Student £109

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