The
Committee

Stephen Ainsworth

Stephen Ainsworth

Chairman

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Stephen is the Senior Partner of the BWCI Group. He is also a past Chairman of Abelica Global, the international organisation of consultants and actuaries and is a member of its Council.

He has had extensive experience of advising clients over the whole range of the Group’s business. He specialises in international work and presented an award winning paper on international pension plans to the International Association of Consulting Actuaries in 2002. In addition to advising a wide range of insurance and pensions clients of his own, he is also responsible for chairing each of the Group’s operating subsidiaries. Stephen also holds a number of non-executive directorships for Guernsey based insurance companies and employee benefit trusts. He is a past President of the Channel Islands Actuarial Association.

Stephen became a Partner of the Group upon its establishment in 1979, and has been Senior Partner since 1991. Before joining the Group, Stephen spent six years with Bacon & Woodrow in the UK, where he qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1977. He is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Trust and Estate Practitioner.

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson

Honorary Treasurer

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Ian has worked in the pension industry for over 30 years. He works as a consultant for Utmost Worldwide advising their occupational pension division. He has a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and is a member of the Securities Institute.

Damian Wallen

Damian Wallen

Honorary Secretary

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Damian is a Senior Consultant for Rossborough Financial Services Limited.

Damian has worked in the finance sector for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience and expertise on the local pension and corporate financial services market and in his role as Senior Consultant has responsibility for the provision of advice and services to both Guernsey private and corporate clients on pension and employee benefit solutions.

Sean Gillease

Sean Gillease

Executive Committee Member

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Sean is a Director of Sovereign Trust (Channel Islands) Limited, the Guernsey based operation of the Sovereign Group.

Sean has worked in the pensions industry in Guernsey for more than ten years, during which time he has dealt with a mix of domestic and international pensions business for both corporate and individual clients.

Anna Gray

Anna Gray

Executive Committee Member

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Anna has over 13 years’ experience as a pensions specialist, having trained and worked for many years as a pensions solicitor at a major City law firm and subsequently in Guernsey.  Anna is currently a director of Trireme and Cavendish, which are part of the PraxisIFM Group. 

She has a particular interest in legal, regulatory and governance matters impacting pensions, having worked for the UK Pensions Regulator and assisted the GFSC in the early stages of the development of rules for pensions and gratuity schemes.

Nick Donnithorne

Nick Donnithorne

Executive Committee Member

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Nick has over 20 years’ experience as a pensions lawyer.  He worked in international City law firms for more than 15 years before moving to Guernsey in 2011.  His core practice remains focussed on pension plans but now extends more broadly across commercial, private and pensions trusts. He advises international financial institutions, governments and government bodies, commercial trust companies, family offices and other professional advisers in the industry. He is widely recognised for his in-depth knowledge of pensions.

Rob Shipman

Rob Shipman

Executive Committee Member

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Rob is a specialist in cross border international employee benefits and trusts specifically for US persons, South Africans and UK residents and UK expatriates. Having developed a number of high profile employee benefit products over the last sixteen years in a number of international finance centres for individuals and corporate clients.

Professionally full member of STEP, Chartered Management Institute, Institute of Directors, and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Andrew Bannier

Andrew Bannier

Executive Committee Member

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Andrew is Head of Pensions for FNB International Trustees. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and earned an ACIB during his early career in banking and offshore funds.

Andrew has significant international experience having worked overseas for 15 years.

Roger Berry

Roger Berry

Executive Committee Member

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Roger is Managing Director of the Concept Group Limited. Roger has 28 years of fiduciary and accountancy experience.

Roger is a qualified accountant and sits on a number of Guernsey Pension Committees.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Executive Committee Member

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John Lewis is a lawyer with over 30 years' experience and particular expertise in pensions and insurance, acting mainly for employers and pension trustees.  He is a Guernsey Advocate and partner in the Corporate practice group of Mourant Ozannes in Guernsey, where he advises on a broad range of financial services, corporate and finance matters.

Before moving to Guernsey in 2002, John worked in the UK and Australia for leading law firms Allen & Overy and Minter Ellison as well as for ING Bank as an in-house lawyer. John has sat on the GAPP committee for several years and is a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA)

 Rachel Pettitt

Rachel Pettitt

Executive Committee Member

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Rachel is a member of the GAPP committee, joining in 2021, having been a member of the Technical Sub-Committee since 2019. Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in Fiduciary Wealth Management with over 22 of those years in the International Pensions and Savings business.

Rachel was born in Guernsey and is a full member of STEP having qualified with the Diploma in 2003.