David Staples is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He also holds the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction. For thirteen years until 2003, Mr. Staples was a partner with PwC and led the tax practice in the South East of England advising several well known family and owner-managed businesses. Mr. Staples is currently a non-executive director of five other listed companies: Gottex Fund Management Holdings Limited, Global Fixed Income Realisation Limited, Aberdeen Private Equity Fund Limited, Henderson Far East Income Limited and Duet Real Estate Finance Limited of which he is chairman. He is also a non executive director of HSBC Private Bank (C.I.) Limited and of certain private equity funds advised by Apax Partners. Mr. Staples is resident in Guernsey. Mr. Staples was appointed to the Board in October 2008 and has served as Chairman since that appointment.
Shelagh Mason is an English property solicitor with 30 years’ experience in commercial property. She is currently a Partner in Spicer and Partners Guernsey LLP specialising in English commercial property. Her last position in the United Kingdom was as a senior partner of Edge & Ellison (now part of Squire Sanders). For two years until 2001 she was Chief Executive of a property development company active throughout the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands. Mrs. Mason is a member of the board of directors of Standard Life Investment Property Income Trust, a property fund listed on the London Stock Exchange and a non-executive director of The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited, an investment company with a portfolio of fully operational onshore wind and solar energy projects in Northern Europe, listed on the London Stock Exchange. She is also a non executive director of the Channel Islands Property Fund which is listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange and also holds other non-executive positions. She is a past Chairman of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Guernsey International Legal Association. Mrs. Mason is resident in Guernsey. Mrs. Mason was appointed to the Board in September 2006.
John Hearle is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He heads the Healthcare Division of Aitchison Raffety Limited based at St Albans but operating throughout the country. Mr. Hearle is also Group Chairman of Aitchison Raffety Limited and its subsidiaries with offices from London to Birmingham. After working for the District Valuers’ Office, he joined Aitchisons in the late 1970s followed by TSB Property Services and then Aitchison Raffety. Mr. Hearle has undertaken various roles and responsibilities including for the Healthcare and the Residential Surveyors’ groups (including responsibility for all TSB Property Services’ surveyors) and was also responsible for its commercial estate agency and surveying operation. Mr. Hearle is recognised as an expert and an arbitrator by the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and regularly receives appointments for such roles. In addition, in respect of healthcare, he acts as Chairman of the RICS Working Party, and, on occasions, has undertaken a consultancy role to the British Medical Association. He was one of the founding members of the Primary Care Premises Forum and is now their joint Chairman. Mr. Hearle is resident in the UK. Mr. Hearle was appointed to the Board in September 2006.
Steve Le Page,
Mr Le Page is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. Mr Le Page was a partner with PwC in the channel islands from 1994 until his retirement from the firm in September 2013. During his career his main role was as an audit partner working with a wide variety of financial services businesses and structures, including many listed investment funds. He also led that firm’s Audit and Advisory businesses for approximately ten years, and for five of those years was the Senior Partner (equivalent to Chief Executive) for the channel island firm. Since his retirement, Mr Le Page has built a small portfolio of non-executive director roles, including the listed funds Bluecrest AllBlue Fund Limited and Volta Finance Limited, both of which he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He also has a role advising the States of Guernsey about certain local infrastructure related businesses. He is a past Chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association and a past President of the Guernsey Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. Mr Le Page is resident in Guernsey. Mr Le Page was appointed to the board in November 2014.
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