Governance Guernsey 2020

Creating a Sustainable Future


Wednesday 21 October 2020


St. Pierre Park Hotel 


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


Opening remarks

The Chartered Governance Institute will summarise the impact of the pandemic and open the discussion on what comes next.

Tom Lancaster-King, UKRIAT Committee and International Council Member & Client Director, Carey Commercial Limited


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.

Paul Smith, Chairman The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland - Bailiwick of Guernsey, Founder & CEO The House of Green Limited

Elaine Gray, President, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce
Paula Williams, President, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited
Perrin Carey, Founder and Director of Perrin Carey Limited


Assessing governance, the new matrix

Stakeholders can scrutinise organisational performance, so boards need to understand how their organisations are perceived. Given that governance is difficult to measure, our expert presents a new matrix that allows boards to quantify their performance. Join us to learn how to create tailored interventions to move towards better governance.

Perrin Carey, Founder and Director of Perrin Carey Limited


Networking break


‘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 social entrepreneur


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.

Martin Dorey,
Founder and Managing Director, Dorey Financial Modelling


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.

Dominic Wheatley,
Consultant, Thorndon 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? 

Paula Williams,
President, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited


Trust me, I’m listed: Investor’s views 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. 

Claire Bodanis, Founder and Director, Falcon Windsor


Closing Remarks from the Chair

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


Mathew Beale, Principal (Director), the “Comsure Group of Companies”

Mathew is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (FCSI). To add to his qualifications and scope of knowledge in March 2018, Mathew sat the GDPR/APMG-international examination and was awarded the title ‘certified GDPR practitioner’. After leaving the British Army, he started his career working within the asset management industry for ten years and has since focused on financial services regulation.

In April 2005 Mathew founded Comsure, which now consists of three companies: Comsure Compliance, Comsure Technology and Comsure Group (the Comsure Group of Companies).

Claire Bodanis, Founder and Director at Falcon Windsor

Claire Bodanis

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.

Wayne Bulpitt, Founder, Active Group Limited

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.

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).

Perrin Carey, Founder and Director of Perrin Carey Limited

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.

Susie Crowder, Human Capital Director, Grant Thornton Channel Islands

Susie is a director and heads the human capital advisory team, joining Grant Thornton in 2020.Susie and colleagues offer a range of culture, business strategy, human capital, board advisory and evaluation services to a range of stakeholders across the islands.

Susie has a wealth of board level Human capital experience having worked for a range of blue chip companies and she also holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships and is the founding Director of the charity Bright Futures LBG.

Phil Eyre, Founder, Leaders Consultancy

John Harris

Phil Eyre is the founder of Leaders, a leadership consultancy business. He has an enthusiastic and inspiring style, drawing on his experience in business, academia and social sectors to help leadership teams to reach peak performance. Phil has expertise in psychometrics and in the application of human data for individual, team and organisational success. He has trained with, and been mentored by, global leaders in this field, notably Dr Chuck Coker in the US.

Phil began his career in the UK offshore finance industry in 1994, working for a wealth management company in Guernsey, Collins Stewart (CI) Limited, now Canaccord Genuity Wealth International. Phil was head of the company's Guernsey division before resigning from executive responsibilities in 2008.

Phil has served on the boards of three charities, including BMS World Mission, a UK charity with over 80 employees and a global reach. Phil also ran the Guernsey hub of a national theology college, received accreditation as a pastor in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and served as a non-executive director for Canaccord Genuity Wealth International.

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.

Paula Williams, President, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Paula Williams

Paula Williams is the President and a Non-Executive Director for the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, the Managing Director of Island Consortium in Guernsey and the Chair for the Bailiwick of Guernsey Scout Association.

Paula has an MBA in Strategic Management from Henley Business School, the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching. She is also an active member of the NED Forum, Chamber of Commerce and Institute of Directors.

In 2012, Paula, her husband and two sons relocated from New Zealand to Guernsey. It was then that she became actively involved in Scouting and was delighted when in 2019 the Bailiwick of Guernsey Scout Association was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

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