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 around the globe, beginning in London, moving onto Hong Kong, Cape Town, Zurich and Geneva, 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. Rupert sits on a number of local government and industry committees, and represents Guernsey at TheCityUK, BVCA and AIC. In his spare time, Rupert is Chairman of the Guernsey Rugby Academy.

Barnaby Molloy

Deputy Chief Executive

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Barnaby is a strategic marketeer with over 15 years' international experience working across financial services and gaming. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Politics from Bristol UWE and the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, and is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Directors.

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.

Rosie Allsopp

Communications Director

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Rosie is a writer, broadcaster and editor with more than 20 years’ industry experience. She trained at the Press Association-affiliated Editorial Centre in Hastings. Her background is primarily in print journalism, writing and editing for newspapers and magazines, specialising in business, politics and technology. She also has broadcast experience in radio.

Stephanie Glover

Head of Strategy and Sustainable Finance

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Stephanie is Head of Sustainable Finance for Guernsey Finance, the promotional body for the island’s financial services industry. Stephanie is the lead for green and sustainable finance initiatives including the development of the strategy and positioning for green and sustainable finance within Guernsey. Stephanie leads the Guernsey Green Finance Strategy Group where she liaises with key stakeholders, including government, the financial services regulator and industry regarding technical development in sustainable finance that affect the island’s finance industry locally and globally. Stephanie is Guernsey’s representative at the United Nations Financial Centres for Sustainability and sits on their working groups for biodiversity and the FC4S Annual Assessment Programme. Stephanie also sits on the TheCityUK Next Generation Leadership Council. 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. She holds the Sustainable Finance Certificate with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and is a youth ambassador for the not-for-profit Sustainability & You.

Henry Freeman

Strategic and Technical Advisor

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Henry was educated on the island and has held senior and board director roles, over a 20+ year career in investment banking, fund management and fintech in London and the Channel Islands. In addition to his role as Strategic Advisor for Guernsey Finance, Henry is a member of the States Of Guernsey Investment Board as well providing Non-Executive Director and advisory services to investment managers and funds. He is also leading a mission with the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association (GIFA) to bring investment education into schools.

Josephine Bush

Sustainable Finance Strategic Advisor

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Josephine Bush is a former partner at EY where she specialized in renewable energy, sitting on the UK&I Power & Utilities Board. She led on many market-leading transactions in role and latterly, led a global initiative to build out the global renewables sector. Josephine is a member of Gresham Houses sustainable infrastructure investment committee and the founder of the not-for-profit Sustainability & You, which aims to raise levels of awareness in the financial community of the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss with a focus on accelerating solutions. Josephine is a qualified solicitor and chartered tax advisor, as well as qualified with the CFA ESG investing certification, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Aaron Russell-Davison

Middle East and Asia Representative

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Aaron has a wealth of industry expertise through a 30-year career in finance and banking. He has previously held the role of Standard Chartered Bank’s Global Head of Debt Capital Markets and, since retiring from this position in 2015, has worked extensively as a Non-Executive Director (NED). Notably he has been a NED at Amana Bank PLC – a leading Islamic Bank – where he also chairs the Board Integrated Risk Committee.

Grant Mcleod

South Africa Representative

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Grant was appointed as South African Representative for We Are Guernsey in March 2021. He has more than 2 decades of financial services experience in senior business development roles in South Africa, UK and the Cayman Islands. He was educated in the UK and South Africa. He has worked in private banking, wealth management and fiduciary services in South Africa in a number of senior roles representing global companies. As well as a BCom from the University of Witwatersrand, Grant holds a UK accounting and South Africanhttps://www.weareguernsey.com/umbraco/#/content/content/edit/19270 CFP qualification, and is a member of CII and CISI in the UK.

Jo Kitcat

UK Representative

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Jo joined the WE ARE GUERNSEY team in November 2021 as the agency’s UK representative on the ground in London, to maintain the island’s already strong relationship with the UK. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, primarily in business development roles. Jo has been responsible for building business relationships in various regions including UK, Switzerland, USA and Asia, and has also played a role in developing business with global financial institutions, particularly from an asset management perspective.

Jonny Gamble

United States Representative

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Jonathan is an independent consultant and non-executive director, working with a number of firms in the fiduciary and wealth management industry. Prior to this, he worked at Asset Risk Consultants (‘ARC’) for more than 20 years, in a number of Director roles. Jonathan holds both the Fellow and Chartered Wealth manager designations from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment as well as a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Amongst other roles, he is a STEP Guernsey Committee member and is a Trustee of the Elizabeth College Foundation, and has held a number of listed and non-listed non-executive positions.

William Lewis

United Kingdom Insurance Representative

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William is Guernsey Finance’s first sector-specific Business Development Representative for insurance. He has over 44 years of experience in this sector, with a broad range of market knowledge. Based in London, William is currently a director of a Guernsey Protected Cell Company (PCC). Previously, he has also been the director of a Lloyd’s members’ agent and of a Bermudan Special Purpose Insurer, has been involved in the formation of PCCs and has had extensive interaction with the Guernsey regulator. He also has experience dealing with UK and Lloyd’s regulators.

Emily Wild

Head of Events

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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 Masters in Event Management for Marketing and Communications 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.

Sebastian Golland

Head of Creative

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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.

Tonicha Ward

Head of Marketing

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Tonicha joined WE ARE GUERNSEY in August 2018 as a Digital Marketing Assistant and has since worked her way up and now manages the agency's Marketing team. Since joining the agency she has completed a level 5 diploma at distinction level, awarded by the Digital Marketing Institute, and is currently working towards her level 6 diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is responsible for developing digital marketing strategies, reporting on digital performance, managing and monitoring the performance of all marketing channels, and the day-to-day management of the Marketing team.

Katherine Felbabel

EA to the CEO

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Katherine joined Guernsey Finance in October 2021 as Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Rupert Pleasant. Her previous roles include being a medical PA for several years before moving into the finance sector.

Alex Cain

Senior Strategy and Technical Executive

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Alex joined our Strategy and Technical in June 2022. Alex previously worked as a business analyst within the insurance industry as well as an earlier background in high-net-worth family office trust administration and extensive voluntary work. He and the wider team are responsible for the development and facilitating of strategic goals, set in collaboration with both industry and government. Alex also supports Stephanie Glover in her role as Head of Sustainable Finance.

Brandon Ashplant

Senior Strategy and Technical Executive

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Brandon joined our Strategy and Technical team 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.

Nick Biddlecombe

Senior Design Executive

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Nick joined Guernsey Finance in March 2022, and works within the design team on artwork and branding across the business, from marketing materials and the website to bespoke event imagery. He worked in design for three years before joining the agency, honing his skills in the eGaming industry.

Ruth Berry

Senior Communications Executive

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Ruth joined the agency in February 2020 as a digital marketing trainee and transitioned over to Communications Executive in August 2021. She is a graduate of the University of Winchester with a BA Hons in Media, Communication and Advertising, holds a Level 5 Diploma in Digital Marketing, and is a part of the CIPR. As part of the Communications team, she is responsible for the running of the companies podcast channels, provides videography, and looks after our social accounts. She also helps the agency's communication strategy stay in line by keeping up to date with developments in methods of digital and traditional communications and advances in technology.

Claire McCormack

Accounts Executive

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Claire joined the team in March 2022. Claire has previously worked in local accountancy practices and trust businesses. She is a Certified Accounting Technician and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Jodie London

Business Development Executive

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Jodie previously worked for Guernsey Finance back in April 2015 for six and a half years as an account executive. Jodie has since decided to have a career change and decided to move into a front facing role and has joined the We are Guernsey Business Development team in August 2022. Jodie supports International BD Director James Crawford, and WE ARE GUERNSEY's representatives in our target markets, with attending networking events and the planning and execution of our webinars and roadshows.

Kenneth Worthington

Designer Executive

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Kenneth joined in October of 2021 after having graduated from the University of Winchester. He supports Sebastian as part of the creative sector; helping to maintain the brand identity and design marketing materials for events.

Leanne Cuttill

Events Executive

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Leanne joined the events team at We Are Guernsey in September 2022 after completing her A-levels in English Language, Photography and Media Studies. She is responsible for supporting and assisting our Head of Events in the logistics and production of Guernsey Finance events and 3rd party conferences, liaising with event organisers and with industry representatives. She is also responsible for ensuring the events the agency supports are included in our external marketing communications, such as literature, giveaways, prizes, banners and all in line with our sustainability and eco-friendly objectives.

Molly Phillips

Digital Marketing Executive

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Molly joined Guernsey Finance in February 2022 after completing an internship at Potting Shed and working as a temporary Social Media Manager for Resolution IT. She is responsible for managing the agency's email marketing, as well as supporting the Senior Digital Marketing Executive with developing digital marketing strategies, and managing and monitoring the performance of the agency’s various marketing channels.

Naomi Tustin

Administrator

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Naomi assists the EA to the CEO with general administration tasks to keep the office running smoothly, as well as making all the required travel arrangements for the Guernsey Finance team events. Prior to joining Guernsey Finance, Naomi was Head of Facilities Management for a private bank across three jurisdictions.