Local Management Teams - Guernsey
Andrew Whittaker - Managing Director, Guernsey
Andrew is the Managing Director for Ipes in Guernsey. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the Guernsey office.
Andrew joined Ipes in January 2011 from Capita Financial Group’s Specialist Fund Services division where, as Managing Director, he led teams specialising in Real Estate, Private Equity, Investment Companies, Offshore Hedge Funds, Taxation and DTP; whilst also providing scalable back office support to the Group’s Guernsey, Jersey and Gibraltar offices.
He has a career of working with the Fund industry and has extensive experience of onshore/offshore vehicles, open and closed and traditional and alternative funds. He has worked in London, Dusseldorf, Paris and the Channel Islands, and with various jurisdictions worldwide.
Andrew graduated from Cardiff University and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He is a member of the Association of Investment Companies’ (AIC) Technical Committee and the Association of Real Estate Funds’ (AREF) Regulatory Committee.
Sharon Alvarez - Director, Guernsey
Sharon is a Director of Ipes having joined the Company in June 2005.
Sharon is a Director of Ipes and joined the Company in June 2005; she also acts as a director on a number of general partner boards with a broad client base from the UK and Europe. In addition to her client responsibilities Sharon is responsible for technical and corporate governance matters with a focus on compliance with new regulation and legislation.
Previous to Ipes Sharon held a management position in Private Equity with Northern Trust. Sharon is both a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and an Associate of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). She has more than 25 years experience in the finance industry with 15 years spent at manager level. During her time in Private Equity Sharon has gained extensive working knowledge on a number of different fund structures across several jurisdictions.
Karen Haith - Operations Director, Ipes Guernsey
Karen is the Operations Director of Ipes Guernsey having joined the Company in 2001.
Karen has worked in the offshore finance industry in Guernsey for 17 years. Her extensive experience includes all aspects of administration of varying types of private equity funds but with a particular focus on fund of funds. She is responsible for all the administration teams in the Guernsey office and is also very involved with professional training and training support. Karen’s previous experience includes working in trust and company administration and then as a fund accountant for an international bank.
Karen is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) and was for the three years to June 2009 President of the ACCA Channel Islands Panel and now sits on the Executive Committee of the Guernsey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants. In addition she is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (“ICSA”).
Tim Andrews - Director of Development, Guernsey
Tim is the Director of Development for the Ipes group.
He joined the firm in 2007 as Head of Development and Technology with a mandate to differentiate Ipes through the use of technology. Tim was subsequently promoted to his current role and appointed to the Guernsey Board in November 2011 in recognition of the central role technology plays in Ipes’ continued growth and development.
Tim has led an extensive development programme to provide enterprise class infrastructure and unique software such as our SWIFT-enabled Banking platform. The launch of CapitalTracker sees the culmination of this work in a bespoke client-facing web application.
Prior to joining Ipes Tim spent three years at Mourant (now part of State Street) where he was responsible for the selection and implementation of their global accounting system. During this time, he qualified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner.
Tim qualified as an FCMA in 2005, whilst working for a leading confectioner as a Financial Analyst. He gained an MA (Oxon) in Economics and Management in 2001.