Tony Pitcher, a director at Barclays Wealth Advisory, has been elected as STEP Jersey branch Chairman.
Mr Pitcher was appointed at the recent annual general meeting and his role as chairman will include coordinating activities on Island and overseeing corporate governance and strategic direction for the branch.
Education is an important focus for the STEP committee in Jersey and each year, the branch holds 10 seminars, an international conference, and a student half day event.
Mr Pitcher, who has been a STEP member for over 15 years, has been a member of the Jersey branch committee for five years and vice-chairman for the past two years.
As Chairman, Mr Pitcher’s first official duty was to chair the STEP International Conference which took place last week at the Pomme d’Or Hotel.
The conference hosted a number of leading speakers including David Harvey, Chief Executive of STEP who opened the conference, John Harris, director general at Jersey Financial Services Commission, QC Shan Warnock Smith, barrister Andrew de la Rosa and Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute in Washington.
Topics discussed during the conference included worldwide trust developments, the Arab Spring and why finance centres are a force for good.
“I am particularly pleased to have been appointed as Chairman of STEP Jersey, as it is the branches 20th anniversary year,” said Mr Pitcher.
“The branch is very active in providing education and training for its members and students and I look forward to working with the committee to provide an interesting programme of events for the coming year. This year’s International Conference had an excellent line up of speakers and explored a number of important topics.
“One focus for my year in the Chair will be the 20th Anniversary celebratory dinner on 28th June 2013, when we will welcome guests from all around the STEP world and a speaker of international standing.
“In these challenging economic times I will work to ensure that STEP Jersey continues to thrive as a branch and provide excellent value for our members, encouraging students who succeed with their examinations to take full STEP membership,” said Mr Pitcher.