Directors

Geoffrey Vero (Non-Executive Chairman)

Geoffrey Vero qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and then worked for Savills, chartered surveyors, and The Diners Club Limited. He has been active in venture capital since 1985, initially with Lazard Development Capital Limited and then from 1987 to 2002 as a director of Causeway Capital Limited which became ABN Amro Capital Limited. In 2002, he set up The Vero Consultancy specialising in corporate advisory services and recovery situations. He has considerable experience in evaluating investment opportunities and dealing with corporate recovery. While at Causeway Capital, Mr Vero was a Founder Director of Causeway Invoice Discounting Company Limited, which was subsequently sold to NM Rothschild. He is also a non-executive director of Numis Corporation plc and Chairman of Albion Development VCT plc.

Heather Bestwick (Non-executive director)

Heather Bestwick has been a financial services professional for 25 years, onshore in the City of London and offshore in the Cayman Islands and Jersey. She qualified as an English solicitor, specialising in ship finance, with City firm Norton Rose, and worked in their London and Greek offices for 8 years. Ms Bestwick subsequently practised and became a partner with global offshore law firm Walkers in the Cayman Islands, and Managing Partner of the Jersey office.  She joined Jersey Finance in 2010 as Technical Director and Deputy Chief Executive. Becoming a non-executive director in 2014, she is Chairman of Equiom (Jersey) Limited and Equiom (Guernsey) Limited, sits on the boards of the manager of the Deutsche Bank dbX hedge fund platform, a shipping fund, and the States of Jersey incorporated company holding Jersey’s affordable housing, together with several other financial services companies.

Robert Quayle (Non-Executive Director)

Robert Quayle qualified as an English solicitor at Linklaters & Paines in 1974 after reading law at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He subsequently practiced in London and the Isle of Man as a partner in Travers Smith Braithwaite. He served as Clerk of Tynwald (the Isle of Man’s parliament) for periods totalling 12 years and holds a number of public and private appointments, and is active in the voluntary sector. Mr. Quayle is Chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited, W.H. Ireland (IOM) Limited and a number of other companies in the financial services, manufacturing and distribution sectors.

Clive Spears (Non-executive director)

Clive Spears retired from the Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited in December 2003 as Deputy Director of Jersey after 32 years of service. His main activities prior to retirement included Product Development, Corporate Finance, Trust and Offshore Company Services and he was Head of Joint Venture Fund Administration with Rawlinson & Hunter. Mr Spears is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He has accumulated a well spread portfolio of directorships centring on private equity, infrastructure and corporate debt. His appointments currently include being Chairman of Nordic Capital Limited, sitting on the board of Jersey Finance Limited and Head of the Investment Committee for GCP Infrastructure Investments (FTSE 250 listed company).

Nicholas Wilson (Non-executive director)

Nicholas Wilson has over 40 years of experience in hedge funds, derivatives and global asset management. He has run offshore branch operations for Mees Pierson Derivatives Limited, ADM Investor Services International Limited and several other London based financial services companies. He is Chairman of Qatar Investment Fund Plc, a premium listed company, and, until recently, was chairman of Alternative Investment Strategies Limited. He sits on the board of another public company, where he chairs the audit committee. He is a resident of the Isle of Man.