The Board of Guernsey Finance has announced that Dominic
Wheatley will be appointed as Chief Executive with effect from 1
December. Mr Wheatley will replace Fiona Le Poidevin, whose
resignation was announced in July.
Mr Wheatley has more than 25 years' experience in the
international financial services market in the UK and Guernsey,
most recently as Managing Director of Willis Management (Guernsey)
Limited and Chief Marketing Officer of Willis' international
insurance management businesses. He also served as Chairman of the
International Business Association (GIBA) - the representative
body of the financial services industry in Guernsey - from 2011 to
2013, a position which saw him serve ex officio as a Director of
Guernsey Finance. Prior to becoming GIBA Chairman, he was Chairman
of the Guernsey International Insurance Association (GIIA) from
2009 to 2011.
Jim Gilligan, the Chairman of Guernsey Finance, said: "It
gives the Board great pleasure to announce Dominic as the new Chief
Executive of Guernsey Finance. He has a wealth of knowledge and
expertise within the financial services industry both locally and
internationally and a strong record of international marketing. We
look forward to the contribution he will make to the organisation
"Having served as the Chairman of GIIA and most notably
GIBA, Dominic is well versed in representing the interests of all
sectors of Guernsey's finance industry. His previous service as
a Director of Guernsey Finance also means that Dominic already has
a good understanding of the organisation's core values,
objectives and strategies."
Mr Wheatley said he was very excited to be joining Guernsey
"This is a very important phase in the development of the
Island's economy and the promotion of our finance industry is a
key part of that. I am really looking forward to joining the
Guernsey Finance team and working with them to ensure the
continuing success of Guernsey as a leading international finance
centre," he said.
"I feel particularly privileged to be taking charge of the
next chapter in its development as we build on the progress already
made and continue with the strategy of protecting our core markets
of the UK and wider Europe, as well as promoting the Guernsey brand
in new markets such as China and Latin America. Having worked
closely with Guernsey Finance over the years I have been hugely
impressed by what the team has achieved in raising the Island's
profile as a leading international finance centre and I am
delighted to be joining them and to have the opportunity to be a
part of their future success."
Guernsey Finance is a joint collaboration between the Commerce
and Employment Department on behalf of the States of Guernsey and
GIBA on behalf of the Island's finance industries. Its remit is
to market the Island as an independent international finance centre
on the world stage. Guernsey Finance employs 10 staff in Guernsey
and one in its representative office in Shanghai.
Mr Gilligan said: "The Board wishes to place on record our
sincere thanks for, and appreciation of, the tremendous job Fiona
has done for Guernsey Finance during her tenure as Chief Executive.
She leaves the legacy of a strong team and a focussed strategy. We
look forward to Dominic and the team carrying on this work,
evolving the strategy in response to market developments and
enhancing our promotion of Guernsey's finance
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