IoD lunch to highlight future prospects for Jersey’s finance industry

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Geoff Cook, Jersey Finance

The head of the body responsible for representing and promoting Jersey’s biggest industry is to take to the podium at this month’s IoD Jersey lunch.

Geoff Cook, CEO of Jersey Finance, will be the guest speaker at this month’s IoD lunch to give a talk entitled ‘First for Finance: current performance and future prospects for Jersey’s Finance Industry’.

At the lunch, to be held at the Grand Jersey on Tuesday 8th April, Geoff will outline how the Island’s finance industry is performing and what initiatives are currently being undertaken to promote the industry in key overseas markets. He will also highlight some of the opportunities the industry could seek to embrace in the months ahead, and discuss the importance of maintaining a successful finance industry as Jersey returns to growth.

Having joined Jersey Finance as Chief Executive in January 2007, Geoff visits many of the world’s leading finance centres on a regular basis in order to promote Jersey’s finance industry and update Government officials, regulators, finance professionals and international investors on legal and regulatory developments and service innovations offered by Jersey. He is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and seminars around the world and writes frequently in leading magazines.

Previous to his role at Jersey Finance, he was Head of Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Plc, based in London, responsible for the delivery of Financial Planning Services to the 10 million HSBC customers in the UK. His earlier career was spent at a senior management level with HSBC Bank plc in the UK and as Head of Personal Financial Services and Deputy to the Chief Executive at HSBC Bank International Limited in Jersey. Geoff is a Fellow of the ifs School of Finance, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Steven Hunt, Chairman of the Jersey IoD Events committee, said:

“During the global financial crisis, Jersey’s finance industry has performed well. As the world returns to growth, however, competition from other centres is certainly going to increase and Jersey needs to be prepared for that. With the industry representing over 40% of Jersey’s entire economy, this is important not just for the 12,000 people who work in financial services, but also for the island as a whole – the finance industry spends over £1m a day on local goods and services. How we embrace the opportunities that are open to us is absolutely vital and Jersey Finance are at the forefront of those efforts. I am therefore delighted that Geoff Cook can join us for our lunch this month.”

The IoD lunch is on Tuesday 8th April at the Grand Jersey and is open to both members and non-members of the IoD. The lunch starts with networking drinks from 12:00pm and finishes at 14:00. Tickets are £25, inclusive of drinks and a two-course lunch, wine and coffee, and can be purchased from the IoD Branch Officer, Kirsten Higgins on 610799 or at jedirector@localdial.com.

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