Our People

Rupert Pleasant

Chief Executive

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Rupert moved to Guernsey as a boy and was educated in the island. His career in financial services has taken him globally, beginning in London, and on to Hong Kong, Asia, South Africa and Switzerland, before returning to Guernsey. His background is in private banking and trust and corporate services, where he has held a number of senior management roles in global companies. As well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town, Rupert holds a law degree, and is a member of STEP, CISI and the Institute of Directors.

Dr Andy Sloan

Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy

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As Deputy CEO, Strategy at We Are Guernsey, Andy is responsible for coordinating the development of financial services strategy. Andy established and chairs Guernsey Green Finance, the island’s sustainable finance initiative, and represents Guernsey at the UN’s Finance Centres for Sustainability Network. He is an expert reviewer for the International Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report and a Non-Exec Director of ESI Monitor, an environmental assessment company. He is a member of the BVCA’s Channel Islands Working Group, the CityUK’s IRSG’s regulatory coherence working group, and is a member of the Institute of Directors and Institute of Risk. He joined Guernsey Finance in August 2018 from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, where he was Director of Financial Stability and International Policy Adviser. He was previously GIBA’s first technical advisor and prior to this was States of Guernsey Economist and Head of Policy and Research. Andy has a PhD in Macroeconomics.

Barnaby Molloy

Marketing and Operations Director

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Barnaby joined We Are Guernsey in October 2016 with more than a decade of international marketing experience across digital and TV, having most recently worked as Head of Marketing in the UK for the world’s largest casino company.

James Crawford

International Business Development Director

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James is responsible for implementing We Are Guernsey's business development strategy to promote the island as a global finance specialist and connect Guernsey’s industry in its chosen target markets. He has more than 20 years' experience in the fiduciary sector, where he worked for international banks and independent trust companies based in the Channel Islands, Switzerland and the UAE.

Wendy Weng

China Representative

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Wendy is the longest-serving member of staff at We Are Guernsey, becoming China Representative in 2007. Based in Shanghai, she is responsible for leading and coordinating our initiatives across Asia, and is the main point of contact for Chinese firms and clients interested in Guernsey. She also assists in hosting and arranging meetings, seminars or events for Guernsey businesses visiting the region. Wendy was educated at university in Shanghai before gaining a degree in accounting and finance from Lancaster University. She previously worked as Government Affairs Executive for Hymall-Tesco, and in business development for the regional economic development agency, One Northeast.

Dorothy Kwok

Asia Pacific Representative

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Dorothy was appointed as Hong Kong Representative for We Are Guernsey in January 2018. Based in Hong Kong, she acts as the main point of contact between the jurisdiction and Guernsey, assisting in hosting and arranging meetings, seminars and events for visiting Guernsey businesses. Dorothy is fully-qualified with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Andy Robinson

Hong Kong Consultant

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Andy has a wide range of offshore experience, having lived and worked in both Guernsey and the Isle of Man. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994, and since then has held senior insurance roles, including Head of Life Insurance for Zurich Life, and Chair of the Life Insurance Committee at the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers. He has also had business experience in Singapore. Andy has joined the We Are Guernsey team in Hong Kong to strengthen our status in the region.

Dominique Ogier

Head of Creative

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Dominique is is responsible for the We Are Guernsey brand identity, development of marketing strategy, digital platforms and advertising across all all our target jurisdictions. Dominique joined the agency in 2015 after four years as a graphic designer for an award-winning local design studio where she created advertising and branding for local and global brands.

Petrina Le Vallois

Head of Technical

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Petrina joined We Are Guernsey in July 2019 after a lengthy career in fiduciary and family office and with experience in regulation. She is responsible for contributing to development of Guernsey's strategy for financial services, liaison with government, industry and regulator regarding technical developments, and monitoring international developments which effect Guernsey's finance industry.

Emily Wild

Events Manager

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Emily joined the events team at We Are Guernsey in December 2016. She is responsible for the project management of the organisation’s annual events programme, ensuring it meets strategic objectives and is in line with the agency mission, as well as reporting on the planning, production and execution of events and third party conferences. Emily holds a Diploma in Event Management as well as the PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management. Prior to joining the company, Emily spent three years managing fundraising events for Guernsey-based charity, Hope for a Child.

James Falla

Communications Manager

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James joined We Are Guernsey in January 2018 after a long career in newspaper journalism in the island. He spent 25 years in total (over two spells) at the Guernsey Press, and also edited monthly Channel Islands business magazine Business Brief for five years. He has a wide range of contacts in Guernsey financial services. He also spent two years in a communications and media role at the States of Guernsey.

Sebastian Chan

Events Program Manager

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Sebastian joined We Are Guernsey as Events Programme Manager in July 2020. He is responsible for ensuring the content of our events are in line with industry and jurisdictional strategic requirements. Sebastian previously worked in the Banking and Insurance Division at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, and holds a BA from the London School of Economics.

Stephanie Glover

Green Finance Manager

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Stephanie joined We Are Guernsey in June 2020 as Green Finance Manager. She works with Dr Andy Sloan (Deputy CEO, Strategy) contributing to the development of the strategy and positioning for green and sustainable finance within the jurisdiction, liaising with key stakeholders including government, regulator and the Guernsey Green Finance industry working group. Stephanie previously worked in advisory services at KPMG in Guernsey and has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics from King’s College London.

Matt Nichols

Senior Communications Executive

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As a member of the Communications team, Matt handles media enquiries, looks after our newsroom and social media accounts. He graduated in 2009 and before returning to Guernsey and joining We Are Guernsey in 2016, he worked in the media departments of two Premier League football clubs, broadcasted live football commentary for BBC radio, and worked as a news journalist in London and Guernsey.

Tonicha Ward

Senior Digital Marketing Executive

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Tonicha joined We Are Guernsey in September 2018 in a digital marketing role. Since joining the agency she has completed a level 5 diploma at distinction level, awarded by the Digital Marketing Institute. She is responsible for developing digital marketing strategies, reporting on digital performance, managing and monitoring the performance of all marketing channels, and developing marketing campaigns for all our events.

Sebastian Golland

Design Executive

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Sebastian joined the design team at We Are Guernsey in September 2017 after graduating from Edge Hill University. He works on brand and design across the business, from marketing materials and the website to bespoke event imagery and conference stand panels.

Jodie London

Accounts Executive

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Jodie works in our accounts department. Currently studying for her CAT qualification, Jodie plays a key role in the day-to-day operations of the office.

Cara-Leah McKay

Events Executive

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Cara-Leah joined the events team at We Are Guernsey in November 2018. She is responsible for the logistics of both our and third party events, conferences and seminars. Cara previously worked for TISE in its Risk, Regulation and Compliance Department. She has a degree in History and Business & Management from Bath Spa University.

Cherie-Mache Du Plessis

EA to Rupert Pleasant

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Cherie is the Executive Assistant to Rupert Pleasant. Originally from South Africa, Cherie is a highly organised individual who is also responsible for the day to day running of the operations of We Are Guernsey, monitoring the admin team and corporate travel.

Franette de Garis

Business Development Assistant

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Originally from South Africa, Franétte’s background is in hospitality management, and she also worked as a personal assistant at a private equity firm. Franétte is a highly organised individual with extensive events management background, and assists the business development team in organising our international roadshows.

Claire Bishop

Administration Assistant

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Claire joined We Are Guernsey in July 2017 as an administration assistant. She has many years of administration experience in the Guernsey finance industry.

Brandon Ashplant

Technical Graduate Trainee

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Brandon joined our Strategy and Technical team as graduate trainee following graduation from the University of Manchester in July 2019 with a BA(Economic and Social Studies) (Joint Hons) Business Studies and Politics. In his role he works with government and industry to assist in the technical development of jurisdictional-wide strategy.

Emily Lowe

Graduate Trainee - Events

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Emily joined WE ARE GUERNSEY in October 2019. She is responsible for the logistics of our forums, masterclasses, briefings, seminars, webinars and third party events. Emily graduated from the University of Exeter in July 2019 with a BSc in Psychology (Hons).

Ruth Berry

Digital Marketing Trainee

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Ruth joined the agency in February 2020. As part of the marketing team she looks to maximise opportunities on all available channels and technology to increase our digital reach, and reports on digital performance. She is a graduate of the University of Winchester with a BA Hons in Media, Communication and Advertising.