New Chair of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute’s Guernsey Branch named as Teresa Le Couteur

Guernsey, 18 January 2021 – ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute is pleased to announce the election of Teresa Le Couteur, Group Company Secretary for Northern Trust Guernsey, as Chair of the Institute’s Guernsey Branch, effective 1 January 2021. Teresa’s was elected to the position by the Bailiwick’s membership and succeeds Paul Smith, who chaired the branch from May 2019 until December 2020, having been Vice Chair since Jan 2016.

Named Company Secretary of the Year at the 2020 ICSA Guernsey Awards, Teresa is a Chartered Secretary with over 20 years’ experience working in the finance industry.

ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute is a division of the Chartered Governance Institute, the global qualifying and membership body that develops the skills, knowledge and experience of governance professionals through the institute’s qualifying and training programmes. The thriving Guernsey Branch provides support to members and students of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute living and working on the island and plays a crucial role in promoting good governance on the island.

Speaking about her appointment, Teresa says:

“I’m honoured to have been elected to serve as Chair of the Institute’s Guernsey Branch and look forward to continuing to work with the other members of the Branch Committee to promote both the value of good governance, the Institute and the Branch. Good governance is the bedrock upon which Guernsey has built its reputation as one of the premier offshore financial jurisdictions in the world. The expertise that our members and students bring to the financial services sector and other businesses in Guernsey mean that clients can be sure they are dealing with well-regulated firms staffed by highly trained individuals.

“In my term of office, I look forward to refreshing our approach in order to connect with our colleagues, students and the wider audience through more varied and accessible methods. I am particularly keen to develop and communicate the many ways the Guernsey Branch can support people in their current roles, along with their future growth and development. 2020 presented most of us with numerous challenges, but it also provided some unprecedented opportunities, such as different ways to approach our work/life balance. This means how good governance looks and feels will naturally evolve and the Guernsey Branch will be available to provide guidance and support where possible. Our recently established Technical Sub-Committee is just one example of the ways in which we can help.

“I would like to thank my fellow Branch Members for their continuing support throughout my previous tenure as a Committee Member and now as Chair.”

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For further information, please contact Teresa Le Couteur, Guernsey Branch Chair: 
+44 (0)1481 745 741


Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager:  
+44 (0)20 7612 7072
+44 (0)7890 649 143

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chartered Governance Institute is the qualifying and membership body for governance with over 125 years’ experience of educating and supporting governance professionals. With a Royal Charter purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’, we provide professional development, guidance and thought leadership, and work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards.

    The Institute has divisions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong/China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. The division headquartered in London (known as ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute) represents and supports members in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Crown Dependencies and associated territories, which include the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Website: 
  2. ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute’s Guernsey branch represents the interests of over 500 members and students in the Bailiwick. Chartered status is conferred on those with sufficient and relevant experience who have passed the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Programme or an Accredited Master’s Degree. For those looking for a successful career in the offshore financial services sector, ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute offers a suite of qualifications in International Finance and Administration. Website: 
  3. About Teresa Le Couteur:
    Teresa is Group Company Secretary for Northern Trust Guernsey and has personal responsibility for the governance function within Northern Trust’s Guernsey operation. As part of this, Teresa acts as named Company Secretary to Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited, a bank licensed to operate in Guernsey; Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited, the private wealth arm of Northern Trust’s Guernsey business; Northern Trust Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited, which is the fund administration arm of Northern Trust’s Guernsey business; and a number of subsidiaries.

    Teresa has 20+ years’ experience in the Finance Industry and extensive knowledge of Offshore Funds, Trusts, Company Secretarial work, Compliance and Corporate Governance gained through tenures with various firms in both Guernsey and Jersey; including Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Fund specialists. Teresa has experience of managing client entities across various other jurisdictions; including the BVI, Cayman, Cyprus, Delaware, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

    Named Company Secretary of the Year at the 2020 ICSA Guernsey Awards, Teresa is a Chartered Secretary and holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Governance from Bournemouth University.

    Teresa is Mum to two primary school aged little men and in her free time likes to enjoy the natural beauty of Guernsey through long walks and runs on the beaches, cliff paths, etc. (including puddle jumping of course!). She also enjoys curling up with a good book and a hot mug of tea (preferably by the fireplace), along with spending time with friends doing whatever and going wherever the fancy takes them.

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