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Profiles of Officers

The following section lists the personal details of the officers of the Association of Corporate Service Providers.

Mark Denton - Chairman

Mark Denton was managing director of SMP Partners, one of the largest trust and corporate service providers in the Island, until June 2019 when he left after 31 years. Mark was appointed ACSP Chairman in October 2012....

Mark Denton was managing director of SMP Partners, one of the largest trust and corporate service providers in the Island, until June 2019 when he left after 31 years. Mark was appointed ACSP Chairman in October 2012. Originally from Lincoln, Mark worked in London for 15 years, during which time he was a private banking manager with Grindlays Bank for seven years before joining what is now SMP Partners in 1988 then moving within the company in 1997 to the Isle of Man where he took up the position of managing director in 2007.

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John Atherton

John Atherton is the compliance officer and MLRO for Zedra IOM trust business and has lived and worked in the IOM for over 25 years. He has professional qualifications in both Banking and Trusts....

John Atherton is the compliance officer and MLRO for Zedra IOM trust business and has lived and worked in the IOM for over 25 years. He has professional qualifications in both Banking and Trusts.

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David Bester

David Bester read law at Stellenbosch University in South Africa before graduating with a Masters Degree in Law from Cambridge University. From 1988 until 2006 he was the Managing Director of Trident Trust Company...

David Bester read law at Stellenbosch University in South Africa before graduating with a Masters Degree in Law from Cambridge University. From 1988 until 2006 he was the Managing Director of Trident Trust Company (I.O.M.) Limited, a member of the Trident Trust Group and one of the largest Fiduciary Service Providers in the Isle of Man. Between 2007 and 2011 David was the Regional Manager of Trident Group fiduciary operations in Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Luxembourg and Malta. Since 2012 he has been Trident Group Head of Legal and Compliance, in which role he oversees a number of complex family structures and also heads up the Group team responsible for all aspects relating to the implementation of FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard.

He was instrumental in the original formation of the Association of Corporate Service Providers and served as its first Chairman from June 1999 to December 2002.

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Basil Bielich

Basil Bielich studied at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1994 after completing his training with Ernst & Young. He gained a wide range of experience in the...

Basil Bielich studied at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant 1994 after completing his training with Ernst & Young. He gained a wide range of experience in the industrial and commercial sectors while employed by a multinational company.

Basil relocated to the Isle of Man in 1997 and was appointed as a director of Browne Craine & Co Chartered Accountants shortly thereafter. He is also a director of Peregrine Corporate Services Limited which is a licenced Corporate and Trust Service Provider. Basil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). Basil has a wealth of experience advising and managing a wide portfolio of trust, corporate and individual clients and has a particular interest in niche technology and internet companies.

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Joanna Bodell

Joanna is a Director at Zedra Group, a global fiduciary services provider located in 14 jurisdictions worldwide and with over 90 staff on the Isle of Man. She has over 25 years experience in the fiduciary services...

Joanna is a Director at Zedra Group, a global fiduciary services provider located in 14 jurisdictions worldwide and with over 90 staff on the Isle of Man. She has over 25 years experience in the fiduciary services industry, across all aspects of the sector, and was Managing Director of a local service provider before joining Zedra in October 2017. Joanna's responsibilities include developing intermediary relationships and she travels regularly to meet Zedra's key contacts and develop strategic partnerships across the Group.
A qualified trust and estate practitioner, Joanna is also a member of ICSA and the Alliance of Isle of Man Compliance Professionals.

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Anne Couper Woods

Having commenced a career in company and trust administration in 1992, Anne has more than 20 years experience in company secretarial practice and company and trust administration. Anne is a Fellow of the Institute of...

Having commenced a career in company and trust administration in 1992, Anne has more than 20 years experience in company secretarial practice and company and trust administration. Anne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has worked as Company Secretary on a few companies quoted on AIM and one Main Market company. Anne is now a director of IQE Limited where she has primary responsibility for the Corporate and Private Client teams.

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Aidan Davin

Aidan is responsible for the overall operation and performance of Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited. He has over 30 years' experience within the fiduciary services sector in both London and the Isle of Man. An experienced...

Aidan is responsible for the overall operation and performance of Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited. He has over 30 years' experience within the fiduciary services sector in both London and the Isle of Man. An experienced trust and estate practitioner, Aidan oversees all of Equiom Isle of Man's client relationship standards. He has valuable experience in managing a wide range of complex structures for a varied and international client base and regularly travels to manage his portfolio of clients. Aidan joined Equiom in 2005 and was appointed to the Isle of Man Board in 2008 and the Group Board in 2009. He became Group Client Services Director in September 2013 and subsequently Managing Director of Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited in 2015.

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Tracy Duncan

Tracy has more than 20 years experience in our industry having started her fiduciary services career initially in 1989 before moving to the UK in 1999 to gain more Company Secretarial experience. Tracy returned to the...

Tracy has more than 20 years experience in our industry having started her fiduciary services career initially in 1989 before moving to the UK in 1999 to gain more Company Secretarial experience. Tracy returned to the Island in 2008 to take up an Administration Manager role at a small TCSP and is currently the Administration Director at Aston International Limited, one of the longest-established firms in our industry. Tracy is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and held the position of Deputy Company Secretary of a large Friendly Society in the UK for 7 years.

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Karen Jones

Karen Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of the ILS Group and Managing Director of ILS Fiduciaries (IOM) Limited.

Karen is responsible for all client facing operations for the Group and more...

Karen Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of the ILS Group and Managing Director of ILS Fiduciaries (IOM) Limited.

Karen is responsible for all client facing operations for the Group and more specifically for the Isle of Man, including overseeing corporate and trust administration, compliance and client service levels. She has over 20 years of experience in the fiduciary services sector, dealing with a diverse range of clients. Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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Andrew Morgan

Andrew has fifteen years experience working within the offshore business environment during which time he has focused primarily on VAT and the structuring of luxury assets such as Yachts and Aircraft. In his role as a...

Andrew has fifteen years experience working within the offshore business environment during which time he has focused primarily on VAT and the structuring of luxury assets such as Yachts and Aircraft. In his role as a Director of Affinity Management Services Limited, a position which he has held since 2012, Andrew is responsible for overseeing both the business development and client services function across all sectors. Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration and is a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute.

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Samantha Partridge

Samantha graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2006. She commenced her training to be a Chartered Accountant at Crowe Morgan Management Limited in the same year and she qualified in 2010. She was appointed...

Samantha graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2006. She commenced her training to be a Chartered Accountant at Crowe Morgan Management Limited in the same year and she qualified in 2010. She was appointed Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer in 2014 and in 2015 she was promoted to Director. Samantha has a large and diverse portfolio of clients across the TCSP industry, including trust structures, investment companies and property holding companies. She is also experienced in dealing with restructuring family wealth, tax and estate planning

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Paul Watterson

Paul joined Abacus as a Senior Manager in September 1996 when it was part of Coopers & Lybrand Isle of Man.

In April 2005 he was promoted to Operations Director and was appointed as a Director to the board...

Paul joined Abacus as a Senior Manager in September 1996 when it was part of Coopers & Lybrand Isle of Man.

In April 2005 he was promoted to Operations Director and was appointed as a Director to the board of Abacus Trust Company Limited and Abacus Financial Services Limited in April 2006. In 2015 Paul was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Abacus Malta.

Paul has over 25 years experience in Operations, 20 years of which have been spent within the financial services sector. As head of Abacus Malta, Paul is responsible for overseeing its operations as well as continuing with his responsibility for IT and Systems, Finance and Administration, Compliance and Risk across the group.

Paul holds a BSc Hons degree in Applied Statistics and Computing, a Diploma in Company Direction and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

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