Lieutenant Governor of Jersey to consider value of good governance

Jersey, 31 March 2016 – His Excellency General Sir John McColl, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s CGIUKI Jersey Conference, which addresses the issue of whether governance and compliance have been undervalued in Jersey in recent years. His Excellency will consider the work of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) professionals, and why good governance and compliance are essential to the Island’s future.

Taking place at the Royal Yacht Hotel in Weighbridge, St Helier on 20 April, the conference is an annual draw for the island’s GRC community.

“With the regulation of financial services stricter than it’s ever been and offshore jurisdictions caught up in the ongoing political debate over tax avoidance, the work of GRC professionals in the Channel Islands is under scrutiny like never before,” says Robert Le Corre, Chair of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland - Jersey Branch. “This conference provides the perfect forum for an examination of issues such as anti-money laundering, board reports and cyber crime, and allows an open discussion about the benefits of good governance to Jersey and its reputation internationally.”

Other speakers include:

  • John Everett, Deputy Director General, Jersey Financial Services Commission who will consider what challenges and opportunities lie in store for Jersey over the next few years. He will look at what businesses in Jersey need to be doing to prepare as the JFSC adapts its work to meet industry challenges
  • Richard Corrigan, Deputy Chief Executive, Jersey Finance who will look at the contribution made by GRC professionals in upholding Jersey’s good name as a reputable financial centre
  • William Grace, Partner, Carey Olsen who will consider if we need to change the way we talk about money laundering so that businesses understand it as more than just a compliance obligation
  • Nasri EL-Sayegh, Associate, Board Intelligence who will address some of the common issues that can affect the flow of information to a board and hamper its ability to deliver good governance
  • Matthew Parker, Senior Manager Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton who will look at the state of the cyber crime “market” in 2016 and consider the darker side of social networking.

Places can be booked online here.

“This year’s conference is particularly special as we celebrate 125 years of existence and a repositioning of ourselves as The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. We have been at the forefront of governance for a very long time and our annual conference is the perfect draw for those professionals wishing to stay on top of the latest legal and regulatory issues affecting businesses in Jersey and elsewhere,” says Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of CGIUKI, who will be closing the conference.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland is the professional body for governance. We have members in all sectors and are required by our Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’. With 125 years’ experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance.
  2. The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland - Jersey Branch Council promotes the work and profession of chartered secretaries and CGIUKI's activities in Jersey. The branch also represents CGIUKI members who are resident or studying in Jersey in matters relating to qualifications, profession related matters and corporate governance. In achieving its objectives the Council works with the members, students, training providers, employers, regulators and other professional bodies.
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