About Us

About Us

The Guernsey Branch represents IoD members throughout the islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey – Guernsey, Alderney, Sark & Herm. Our membership is now 780+ and we are immensely proud to announce that this includes 34 Chartered Directors. As you might expect our membership comes predominately from the financial services and ancillary services sector. However some 35% of our membership hail from other industries which supports a real knowledge powerhouse that drives some unique thought leadership and focussed technical updates and seminars. 

Members have the opportunity to attend monthly lecture lunches, specialist technical seminars, NED updates, an Annual Dinner and the Annual Business Conference. We also run a successful Alumni for Chartered Director students and graduates. These key diary dates are usually sold out within hours of being announced and membership of the IoD in Guernsey is seen as the ideal opportunity to network with peers and keep in touch with the business community. The branch is also actively engaged with sixth form students and offers through our members what is probably the most successful management shadowing opportunity available in today’s business world.

 

The branch is also actively engaged with other local business organisations, States of Guernsey ministers and deputies and other offshore branches where our interests are aligned.

Meet The Commitee

Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson
Chairman

Linda is a Director in the Advisory practice of KPMG in the Channel Islands and has been with the company for more than ten years, prior to which she worked in New Zealand and London.

Linda is a chartered accountant and has advised across a range of sectors from real estate, government and infrastructure, to banking, funds, insurance and trust companies

John Clacy

John Clacy
Vice Chairman, Tax and Regulatory Sub-Committee

Senior partner in Deloitte Guernsey. He has been with the firm from leaving University and has also worked in Jersey, London and South Africa. His principal role is in audit but he has also run a significant number of advisory, corporate finance and insolvency engagements

Rob Jones

Rob Jones
Future Leaders Initiative

Rob has more than twenty-five years’ experience within the Guernsey financial services industry. He is the Managing Director of Aztec Financial Services (Guernsey) Limited and sits on a number of GP and holding company boards across a wide range of jurisdictions. Rob also sits as an Executive Director on the board of Aztec Group Limited, which employs over 450 staff across 7 jurisdictions with assets under administration approaching $120 Billion. 

His current client base includes secondary funds, buyout, venture capital, debt, credit, real estate and special situations funds. 

Rob is a Chartered Secretary by profession. 

During his three year term on the IoD Committee, Rob has been responsible for the organisation of the Winter Seminar Series, as well as moderating on the award panel of the bursary scheme. He has also been a judge on the highly successful Management Shadowing programme, a scheme very close to his heart. 2016 will see a push for a new Leadership directive as part of the IoD’s continual desire to offer continuing professional development, and Rob has been charged with building the foundations for this new initiative. 

 

 

Tony Brassell

Tony Brassell
Branch Officer

07781 131729

After 33 years in the Civil Service Tony left to start his own business and do other things. He became an advisor with the Guernsey Enterprise Agency LBG, now known as Startup Guernsey and after a year as Captain of the L'Ancresse Golf Club was asked to become Branch Officer of the IoD Guernsey Branch at the end of 2012. He still builds websites and writes and loves to spend time with his family. He can be contacted at branchofficer@iod.gg or by phone on 07781 131729.

Meriel Lenfestey

Meriel Lenfestey

Meriel is a designer, researcher, entrepreneur, director and mum of 2 kids at Grammar school. She founded a London based consultancy specialising in insight led Experience Design, mostly for digital transformation. It grew to £4m turnover and 50 people over 13 years before I sold it in 2010. I have advised companies across most sectors, and of all shapes and sizes, on their adoption of digital platforms and services. I now provide this viewpoint and experience across several Boards where I am a NED. Locally these include JT, Aurigny, Startup Guernsey, and a couple of investment funds.

Iain Beresford

Iain Beresford

Iain Beresford joined the committee in April 2015.

Iain worked in commercial and corporate banking in Australia and NZ working in money markets and FX, industry credit policy development and business advisory, latterly with a focus on franchise, license and distribution businesses. He moved to London in 2005 working in News International's Enterprise division which focused on driving alternative income streams from News Group's data and distribution network before switching to the legal industry in 2006 when he joined Howard Kennedy.

Iain has worked with Collas Crill since 2008 and is currently Group Head of Business Development and Marketing. He recently completed an MSc in Corporate Governance  through Bournemouth University and the GTA, also attaining ACIS status.

Iain is married to Rachael who both became first time parents to James in February this year.

Jennifer Strachan

Jennifer Strachan

Jennifer Strachan joined the committee in March 2016

She has worked as a executive and non-executive Director in wealth management, finance and investments for over 20 years.  She is currently the part-time CEO of Startup Guernsey where she helps develop and deliver strategy, new events and services.  In addition, she is a Non-executive director for Polygon Group, where she previously worked for 13 years, managing their portfolio of angel investments, as well as acting as a NED for insurance companies and Investment Director for a UK startup BookingTek.

Jennifer’s background is in investments.  After an MBA and a degree in Engineering, she worked in the City, moving to Guernsey in 1988, joining Rothschild Trust Guernsey. She also holds the IoD Diploma in Company Direction and is currently part of the Board Apprentice programme.

Jennifer is passionate about Guernsey, optimistic for its future, and enjoys island hopping with her husband, Michael, and 2 teenage girls whenever she gets the chance

Fiona Le Poidevin

Fiona Le Poidevin

Fiona Le Poidevin joined the committee in March 2016.

She is currently CEO of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange, with responsibilities including strategy formulation and the development of the business through new products and service offerings.

Prior to her appointment in January 2015, Fiona was Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance. Previously a senior tax manager with a Big 4 accountancy firm, she has more than 17 years’ experience working in financial services in both London and the Channel Islands.

Fiona is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds the IoD Diploma in Company Direction. As well as a member of the IoD Guernsey Committee and the IoD Guernsey Tax and Regulatory Sub-Committee, she also sits on the AIC Channel Islands Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Guernsey Investment Fund Association.

Born in Guernsey, Fiona is passionate about the future of the island and enjoys painting, travelling and spending time at home with her family and husband Dave.

Stephen Henry

Stephen Henry
Treasurer

Mark Palfrey

Mark Palfrey
Alumni

Steve Falla

Steve Falla
Communications, PR, Social Media and Monthly Lunches

Graham Parrott

Graham Parrott
Tax and Regulatory Sub-Committee

Marie McNeela

Marie McNeela
Director Development and Training

James Ede-Golightly

James Ede-Golightly
Winter Seminar Organiser

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