WHO WE ARE
LORD DIGBY JONES
Lord Digby trained as a lawyer and was senior partner of Edge & Ellison. He served as the Director General of the CBI (2000-2007) and as Minister for Trade in the UK (2007-2009).
He currently serves as Non Executive Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, Thatcher’s Cider Ltd, Metalfloor UK Ltd, Argentex plc and On Logistics Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of DRP Holdings Ltd. Digby has also previously served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of X-Force (the Social Enterprise helping Veterans into self-employment). He has also been involved in several Cancer & Educational charities & served as a Global Ambassador for UNICEF.
Digby appears regularly on television, radio and in the newspapers, being known for his firm views on numerous aspects of life in a globalised economy. He is an active public speaker at events and engagements all over the UK and overseas fulfilling his vision of promoting socially inclusive wealth creation and fighting for business and reform of public services.
Founder & Director
Jon Moulton has had a long and varied career having run and founded private equity businesses including Permira, Apax and CVC. He remains very involved as an active angel investor. He has been director or Chair of several public and numerous private companies including FinnCap the stockbroker, and Infex, an antibiotic company. He has also worked with the UK Government, was on the Board of the £3bn Regional Growth Fund and has worked with the National Audit Office. He is a director of the UK think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies.
He is a Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and funds and runs a substantial clinical trials charity.
He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the ICAEW Technical Strategy and Corporate Finance Boards.
Locally he has chaired Aurigny, is the controlling shareholder of the Randalls hospitality group and is the retiring Chair of the Guernsey based International Stock Exchange which he drove through turnaround. He has lived on Guernsey for the last decade.
CONNIE HELYAR - WILKINSON
Founder & Director
Guernsey-born Connie Helyar-Wilkinson is best known in the Channel Islands for launching her own fund administration company, Ipes, in 1998. It was a firm that she successfully sold in 2008 in a management buyout to RJD Capital. While this is arguably the most notable part of her career to date, the route to success was far from conventional, particularly in its early stages.
From buying a piece of land with her first husband, when she was only 18 – and building a house on it, which she still owns – a career in banking was originally passed over for a decade of entrepreneurship. Having returned to banking in the 1980s, she ultimately created her own success.
Since the sale of Ipes, Connie has assumed a number of NED positions, as well as becoming the first Chair of the Guernsey NED Forum, offering a voice for NEDs in the island's finance industry. She served as a Jurat for 11 years and recently retired– the highest honour that Guernsey can confer on a resident of the island.
Founder & Director
Susie Crowder has a range of experience in management consultancy and has held a number of non-executive director roles in the islands, including UBS and C5 Alliance. She also has direct experience in and knowledge of the local training sector, having run her own training company CISA for several years.
She is passionate about the future of the Guernsey economy and its long-term sustainability.
She is currently Human Capital Director for Grant Thornton in Guernsey and a non-executive director of Nexus Technology Limited.
Peter Neville read law at Oxford and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is the Founder and Chairman of Guernsey Community Savings (a charity providing basic banking services and support to the financially excluded in Guernsey) and a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Insurance Limited.
His positions within Guernsey have included as Director General of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission, Chairman of Kleinwort Benson (Channel Islands) Limited, and Non-Executive Director of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA). Peter has held a number of regulatory roles in the UK and overseas, including as a member of the governing body of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), in which capacity he served on various committees linked to the IMF and the Financial Stability Forum. He has been appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the IAIS in recognition of the role he played representing the interests of Guernsey and the offshore financial community. In the financial and commercial fields, Peter has acted as a banker, merchant banker and management consultant in the UK and Far East and served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of an environmental fund and a renewable energy firm.