Guernsey Private Wealth Forum

The Power of Capital
Tuesday 05 October 2021

Guernsey Private Wealth Forum

Cherie Blair CBE QC


Leading Queen’s Counsel, wife of the former British Prime Minister and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie Blair CBE QC set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in low and middle income countries so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.

Cherie is actively involved in the Foundation, giving her time and resources to ensure its success. Travelling internationally to visiting projects, donors and attend conferences, she is an ambassador for women entrepreneurs everywhere, encouraging other non-profits, corporations and governments to do more to support women business owners.

Cherie was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for services to women’s issues and to charities in both the UK and overseas.

Elaine Gray

Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Elaine Gray is Partner and Head of Carey Olsen's dispute resolution and litigation team in Guernsey where she advises local and international clients on commercial and trust litigation, employment, data protection, competition law and intellectual property matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey.

Elaine is also the President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce. She was named as a leading lawyer in the Citywealth Leaders Lists each year from 2009 to the present date, she has also been recognised in Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite listings in 2021. Elaine is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPs), the Channel Islands Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a member of the Chancery Bar Association.

She was previously appointed to the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey's financial service industry and Elaine was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Litigation to the Guernsey Bar in 2018.


Rennie Hoare

Partner & Head of Philanthropy

Rennie joined C. Hoare & Co. in 2016 and was invited to join the partnership in 2018. The six partners are all 11th generation descendants of the bank’s founder and carry unlimited liability.

Rennie is also Head of Philanthropy, leading all that is done by the family, the bank, and customers to support charitable giving and social impact projects. This includes the bank’s donor-advised fund, The Master Charitable Trust, and the Chair of Messrs Hoare Trustees.

Rennie came to C. Hoare & Co. from T. Rowe Price where he was responsible for relationships with institutional investment consultants in the UK and Europe. Before that, he spent time at Threadneedle and at Guinness Asset Management. He graduated from the University of York with a BA Hons in Politics and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

In 2020, Rennie was appointed Chairman of Philanthropy Impact. Rennie is also a Trustee at the David Nott Foundation and particularly enjoys his mentoring of the next generation of philanthropists.

Dr Julia Mensink

Head of Impact

As Head of Impact, Julia oversees impact strategy, measurement, and management. She has more than15 years of experience in impact investing, international development, and academia - focusing on social impact and economic development.

She joined Acumen in 2021 from Ceniarth, a $440m private impact-first investor. She set up the impact function to support strategy, investment due diligence, monitoring, portfolio management, insight creation, communication, and thought leadership. Previously, she managed impact for an investor in African agribusiness. She also worked on monitoring and evaluation of health, education, and livelihoods programs for an international NGO.

Julia holds a PhD on poverty measures from the London School of Economics.

Guernsey Update

Sally Rochester

Risk and Regulation, Director - Deloitte LLP

Sally joined Deloitte in 2013 and is now based in Guernsey. After qualifying, Sally moved to the British Virgin Islands to help set up an audit office for one of the Big Four. During this time, she worked on hedge funds, fund administration and was seconded as financial controller to the Virgin group.

In 2009, Sally took on the role of Head of Internal Audit for an offshore bank, overseeing the provision of internal audit services across the wealth management and banking service lines in its offshore locations. She has a wealth of experience in external audit for insurance, wealth management and fund management, and internal audit across retail and corporate banking, fund administration, trust, structured products and captives. She is also experienced in regulatory advice and support for licensed businesses, regulator lead projects and audit teams.

Welcome and Concluding Remarks

Lyndon Trott

Chairman - Guernsey Finance

Lyndon has been chairman of Guernsey Finance for the past six years, having joined the board in 2013.

He has been a member of Guernsey's Parliamentary Assembly for over 20 years and was Guernsey’s "Chancellor" between 2004-2008 and served as the Chief Minister between 2008 – 2012, becoming the youngest holder of that position to date.

He also held the role of the States’ Deputy Chief Minister between 2016 and 2020.

Lyndon is currently a non-executive director of separate service providers specialising in Discretionary fund management, Private Equity fund administration, investment reporting and advisory services and pensions. He is also the chairman of the General Partner of several unlisted private equity investment companies.