The Guernsey Investment Funds Association (GIFA) has elected Andrew Whittaker as GIFA Chairman following the recent Annual General Meeting.
Andrew Whittaker, who is Managing Director for Ipes Guernsey, can hold the position for two years. Paul Smith from JTC has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman.
Andrew has been a member of the GIFA Executive Committee for the past 12 months and has played a key role on behalf of the Funds industry in lobbying key influencers in the UK and Europe on a number of issues. He has worked with the States and the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) on a number of regulatory topics including AIFMD, FATCA and OECD Tax Transparency to develop policy.
Commenting on his appointment Andrew says, “I am delighted to have been elected Chairman of GIFA. Guernsey’s Fund industry has a number of key regulatory issues which are significant to its future success. We have been entrusted by the industry to navigate these and deliver the best outcome for Guernsey which I am looking forward to doing.”
Andrew will also continue as Chair of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) Channel Island Working Group which was formed last year to encourage a BVCA presence in Guernsey.
Joining Andrew Whittaker and Paul Smith on the Executive Committee will be Tony Mancini from KPMG as Treasurer and Brian Horsepool from Active Group as Secretary. The remaining elected Committee members are Ben Morgan (Carey Olsen), Paul Wilkes (Collas Crill), Gavin Farrell (Mourant Ozannes), Christopher Jehan (Investec), Joe Truelove (Carey Group) and Mel Torode (Morgan Sharpe).
For more information on GIFA you can visit: www.gifa.org.gg