CICA Executive Committee Biographies

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President – Sandra Edun-Watler
Vice President –Judith Watler
Secretary – Ian Patrick
Treasurer – Robin Jarvis
Executive Committee Members
     1. Nanalie Cover
     2. Ishmael Da Silva
     3. Tim Dawson
     4. Reina Ebanks
     5. Sean Harrington
     6. Padraig Hoare
     7. Karen O’Brien
     8. Gwen Pineau
     9. Susan Needham
     10. Elvis Coward
Sandra Edun-Watler
Sandra Edun-Watler – President

CAREER SUMMARY: Sandra is the Senior Vice President at Walkers Compliance. Sandra was previously the Head of Compliance – Americas for Walkers where she provided oversight to the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda offices, before later joining the firm’s Regulatory and Risk Advisory Group.

Prior to this Sandra was Legal Counsel at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (‘CIMA’) for 8 years where she advised on a wide variety of legal matters, including issues relating to the Banks and Trust Companies Law, Securities Investment and Business Law, Mutual Funds Law and Insurance Law. She also advised on issues concerning anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, dealing with international requests for assistance and the drafting of bilateral agreements between CIMA and other regulators around the world. In addition to being involved in various working groups concerning legislation in the Cayman Islands.

Sandra was also the legal examiner for the Third Round of Mutual Evaluations by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force of the BVI in 2008 and part of the working group for the FATF/CFATF paper published in October 2010 “Money Laundering using Trust and Company Service Providers.” Sandra also practised as a litigator in the Cayman Islands prior to joining CIMA.Sandra guest lectures at the Truman Bodden Law School (Professional Practice Certificate on AML and Required Disclosure).

QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney-at-Law, BA, LLB,CAMS and TEP(Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist) Professional Designation and (Trust and Estate Practitioner) Professional Designation
Tel (Direct): +1 345-914-4227
Judith Watler – Vice President
EMPLOYER:Intertrust – Compliance Directors, Americas

Ms. Watler has 30 years of experience in Regulatory and Compliance. She currently heads up Walkers Compliance and Regulatory Services which is a new business line for Walkers which provides AML services to clients to ensure that all clients are in compliance with the Cayman Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) / Counter Terrorist Financing (“CTF”) requirements.

In 2017, Ms. Watler re-joined Walkers from Intertrust where she was the Group Regional Head of Compliance for the Americas, reporting directly to the head office in Amsterdam. She joined Intertrust in 2012 following the acquisition of Walkers Management Services (“WMS”). She joined the Compliance Department of WMS in 2005 and was promoted to Director of Compliance for all offices and services, globally, in 2009.

Prior to joining WMS, Ms. Watler worked at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority for approximately fourteen years. Before ending her employment with the Authority, she held the position of Acting Chief Analyst in the Investments & Securities Division, where she was responsible for the supervision and regulatory compliance of a portfolio of regulated entities and licence holders. During this period, she supervised and managed a team of Analysts and made significant contributions to the on-going assessment of the Cayman Islands regulatory regime by international organisations.

Ms. Watler received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Leo University. She also has a Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance; a Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA); the CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist) Professional Designation; FIBA AML Institute Certification; and is a Notary Public of the Cayman Islands.

Ms. Watler was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 29 July 2014. She is currently the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association. Over the past two years, Ms. Watler sat on a number of Working Groups in relation to the National Risk Assessment and Working Groups formed to prepare for the 2017 CFATF assessment, which included making necessary updates to the Anti Money Laundering Regulations and Guidance Notes. Further, during the course of 2017, Ms. Watler served as a consultant to the Ministry of Financial Services to assist with preparation for the CFATF assessment.

QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor of Arts, St. Leo University. Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance. Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration, Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA).CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist) Professional Designation. FIBA AML Institute Certification.
Notary Public of the Cayman Islands

Tel: +1 345 914 3183
Ian Patrick – Secretary
EMPLOYER: Paget-Brown Trust Company Ltd

CAREER SUMMARY: Ian is the Compliance Manager at Paget-Brown Trust Company Ltd and has 38 years’ experience in the offshore financial services industry principally in the areas of compliance, fund administration, accounting, banking and fiduciary services. His early professional career was spent with KPMG in England before transferring to KPMG Bahamas in 1980. He moved to Cayman in 1982 where he has worked for three major international Bank and Trust Companies and two large offshore law firms prior to forming his own Compliance company in the autumn of 2008. He is a Chartered Accountant as well as being a member of the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants. Ian has been Secretary of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association since its inception in 2000.

QUALIFICATIONS: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales – Qualified in 1973.

Tel: +1345 623 5131

Robin Jarvis – Treasurer
EMPLOYER:Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited

CAREER SUMMARY:Trained and qualified in South Africa with Coopers & Lybrand. Have 20 years experience in offshore financial services. Currently Senior Manger Enterprise Risk Management at Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited.Previous offshore experience as Mutual Funds Manager at BankAmerica and Manager Corporate Services PricewaterhouseCoopers.

QUALIFICATIONS: Chartered Accountant (South Africa).
Nanalie Cover – Member
Ishmael Da Silva – Member
CAREER SUMMARY: Ishmael DaSilva is currently charged with oversight of second-line compliance in all regulated Citco entities in the Americas. He has a strong knowledge of regulatory requirements and auditing/inspection techniques over a cross-section of financial service providers including banks, trust companies, hedge funds and mutual fund advisors.

He was most recently involved – from business plan to operational – in Citco’s roll-out of its AML Officer service offering in particular the development of the supporting infrastructure. This included strategy; the formulation of policies and procedures; risk assessments; formulation of AML Audit strategy; the build out of the reporting; and recruitment across the three regions.

Before joining Citco, he was the Director, Compliance at DMS Governance with responsibility for reviewing and revamping the regional compliance structure and serving as liaison with the regulator.

Prior to DMS, he achieved a proven track record in the formulation of new processes and the restructuring of existing ones at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, and was ultimately responsible for the redesign the Authority’s On-site inspection methodology, with the aim of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulator’s approach.

He is a Certified Public Accountant registered with the California Board of Accountancy, holding a MBA, as well as Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Financial Management.

Tim Dawson
Tim Dawson – Member
EMPLOYER: Maples and Calder
CAREER SUMMARY: Tim is a partner in the Financial Services Regulation team at Maples and Calder. He provides all aspects of regulatory and financial services advice, including in respect of Cayman Islands licensing, prudential and conduct of business requirements, reporting and information exchange obligations (including those deriving from FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard), and advice on duties of data protection and confidentiality, anti-money laundering and combating of terrorist finance.
QUALIFICATIONS: Attorney-at-Law, Solicitor England and Wales (non-practising), MA (Cantab.)
Tel(direct):+1 345-814-5525
Reina Ebanks – Executive Member
EMPLOYER: CIBC First Caribbean International Bank (CIBC FCIB)
CAREER SUMMARY: Reina Ebanks is Head of Compliance, Trust and Fund Administration Services. Reina is responsible for providing independent oversight of compliance with legal, regulatory and internal applicable requirements within the Trust and Fund Services businesses of CIBC Bank and Trust Company(Cayman) Limited and CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited.This includes developing, implementing and monitoring compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing policies and programs as well as assessing compliance risk, communicating regulatory requirements, independently assessing adherence to and escalating non-compliance with those requirements. Additionally, Reina holds the roles of Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer of CIBC Bank and Trust Company (Cayman) Limited, and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer of First Caribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited.

Reina has over 20 years of experience in the regulation of financial services businesses in the Cayman Islands. Prior to joining CIBC FCIB in November 2014, Reina held the position of Head of Banking Supervision at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) from January 2008 until October 2014 having held successive positions within the Banking Supervision Department since the inception of CIMA in 1997.

In her varied roles with CIMA, Reina had responsibility for planning, organizing and directing a program of continuous monitoring and inspections of the financial position and operating results of banks and certain non-bank financial institutions such as nominee companies, money service business, credit unions and building societies. She served as a member of CIMA’s Management Committee, IT Governance Committee and Basel II Steering Committee, as well as a Director of the Association of Banks of the Americas representing the Caribbean Group of Bank Supervisors.

Reina possesses a MBA from the International College of the Cayman Islands, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Hampton University in the Virginia, USA and has undertaken multiple professional courses with international organizations including the FDIC, Federal Reserve Board and the Basel Committee. She is an Executive Member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association and a member of the Policy Committee of the Cayman Islands Bankers Association.

QUALIFICATIONS: Masters of Business Administration
Tel(direct):+1 345-914-9427
Sean Harrington – Member
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Padraig Hoare – Member
EMPLOYER: Intertrust Corporate Services (Cayman) Limited
CAREER SUMMARY: Padraig has over 20 years management experience in offshore financial services principally in the areas of compliance, risk management, fund administration, audit, private banking and fiduciary services. At Intertrust he serves as an independent director on investment funds. Previously he was Global Head of Risk Management for Admiral Administration. Prior to that he was with Dresdner Bank as Head of Administration Services and Head of Projects & Compliance and MLRO.
QUALIFICATIONS: Chartered Accountant, Member of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners, Fellow of the International Compliance Association and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Tel:+1 345-815 1415
Karen O’Brien – Member
EMPLOYER:Global Compliance Solutions (GCS)
CAREER SUMMARY:Karen O’Brien is founder and Managing Director of Global Compliance Solutions (GCS), an outsourced compliance company that is based in the Cayman Islands and servicers clients throughout the Caribbean. She was a police officer for sixteen year with the Toronto Police Service, Ontario, Canada, spending the last five years in the Fraud and Forgery Squad. She spent two years investigating financial crime in the Cayman Islands as a Detective with the Royal Cayman Islands Police before branching out to the private sector in 2004 and now specializes in compliance, anti-money laundering and regulatory issues. In addition to her consulting role, Karen is the CEO of the International Association of Certified Compliance Specialists.

As a professional consultant, Karen dedicates her time to the financial services industry in connection with regulatory compliance, design and implementation of anti-money laundering (AML) policies and procedures, Know-Your Customer program reviews, risk analysis and risk management strategies, AML training and financial investigations stemming from allegations of fraud. Karen is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist , a Certified Compliance Specialist, a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators and Notary Public.

QUALIFICATIONS:Certified Compliance Specialist, Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist. Notary Public of the Cayman Islands

Tel: +1 345 623 2127

Gwen Pineau – Member
EMPLOYER: Butterfield Bank(Cayman) Limited

CAREER SUMMARY: Gwen is the Senior Manager, Country Compliance Officer at Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited. She has over 27 years international financial services industry experience. Prior to joining Butterfield, she was the Compliance Manager for Rawlinson & Hunter Limited responsible for managing the overall Compliance program for the firm. Gwen joined Rawlinson & Hunter Limited from Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited where she was an Assistant Vice-President, Corporate Services.

Gwen received a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana.She completed the Certified Professional Account’s exam in 1998. Gwen is a 2012 Graduate of the Leadership Cayman Programme and a Notary Public of the Cayman Islands.

QUALIFICATIONS: CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)and is a member of the International Compliance Association (MICA).
Tel(Direct): +1 345 815 7581
Susan Needham – Member

CAREER SUMMARY: Susan Needham is the Regional Head of Compliance for the Maples Group and has over 25 years experience working in the financial services industry, offering an extensive knowledge of both trust and fund structures.

Before joining Maples, Susan was Head of Compliance and Operations at ITA Bank and Trust Cayman Ltd and Head of Compliance and Operational Risk Manager for Standard Chartered Trust (Cayman) Limited where she was responsible for the supervision of regulatory and operational compliance.

Prior to Standard Chartered, Susan worked in various compliance roles for HedgeServ (Cayman) Limited, Butterfield Fulcrum Group (Cayman) Limited and Fortis Fund Services (Cayman) Limited.

Susan holds an International Diploma in Compliance from the International Compliance Association and University of Manchester in the UK.

Elvis Coward – Member
EMPLOYER: FirstCaribbean International Bank

CAREER SUMMARY: Elvis is Head of Compliance, Retail, Business and International Banking (Caribbean region). A career banker with over 35 years banking experience has worked with Barclays Bank and subsequently FirstCaribbean International Bank in various areas of the bank the last 12 of which were spent in compliance. Elvis currently provides compliance oversight for all 17 countries in which FirstCaribbean has a presence including the Dutch Caribbean. Elvis is a member of the Cayman Islands Bankers Association Policy Committee.

QUALIFICATIONS: BA Business Administration (International Finance Concentration), CAMS (Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist)
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Angela Nightingale – Member
EMPLOYER:Trinity Fund Administration (Cayman) Ltd.

CAREER SUMMARY:Angela is the General Manager and Compliance Officer for Trinity Fund Administration (Cayman) Ltd, and has responsibility for Trinity’s Cayman operations which includes a focus on Trinity’s US and South American market base.
Angela has a broad experience with funds, corporate governance, liquidations, regulatory and compliance requirements of the Cayman Islands and a council member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association (CICA), an executive committee member of the Cayman Islands Fund Administrators Association (CIFAA) and is a member of their FATCA/CRS sub-committee.

QUALIFICATIONS:BAcc, CAMS and Int.Adv.Cert (Comp) (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) Professional Designation and (ICA Advanced Certificate in Compliance) Professional Designation and is a Notary Public in the Cayman Islands.

Tel: +1 345 743 6621
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Ben Tonner – Member
EMPLOYER: Samson & McGrath Attorneys at Law
CAREER SUMMARY:Ben is a Senior Associate at Samson & McGrath Attorneys at Law. His practice encompassesall aspects of litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on cross-jurisdictional, financial matters. Ben has extensive experience advising high profile corporate and private individuals. He has represented clients in contentious litigation at all levels, including appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. His background in company and commercial law, international trusts and white-collar crime is highly valued by clients
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified attorney in the Cayman Islands (2005) and England and Wales (non-practicing)(2001). Educated at University College London (Commercial and Corporate Law, LLM), Inns of Court School of Law (BVC) and The University of Warwick (LLB).
Tel: : (345) 623-2740, (345) 623-9227, (345) 949-0073
Ger Finnegan – Member
EMPLOYER: MUFG Alternative Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd.
CAREER SUMMARY: Ger is the Head of Compliance (Americas) for MUFG Alternative Fund Services and has responsibility for the Cayman Islands, New York, Toronto and Singapore offices of the Firm. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry in the Cayman Islands. Ger worked as an audit manager with E&Y Cayman managing a portfolio of banks, insurance and hedge funds. For the past 8 years he has worked within the compliance function at MUFG Alternative Fund Services which offers fund administration, banking, trustee and regulatory solution services to clients.
QUALIFICATIONS: Irish Chartered Accountant (FCA)
Tel: +1 345 914 1078
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Peter McKiernan – Member
EMPLOYER:RiskPass AML+Compliance Ltd
CAREER SUMMARY:Peter McKiernan has 15 years international financial services experience, having worked at Fortis in the Cayman Islands and Prime Management Limited in Bermuda. Peter left his position as director of Prime Management where he was responsible for compliance training to join Advanced Alternative Investment Systems as a Technical Architecture specialist for the design of an accounting and compliance software platform. Peter joined RiskPass in June 2013.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant and is a council member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce, CA
Tel: +1 345 916-9790
Sean Harrington – Member
Wiekert Weber – Member
EMPLOYER:Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Limited
CAREER SUMMARY:Wiekert has been with Citco Fund Services since 1991. He worked for 9 years with Citco Fund Services (Curacao) N.V. and was transferred in 2000 to Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Limited where he was responsible until 2010 for the daily fund accounting operations and various other operational tasks. He has also served at the company’s MLRO and MLCO from 2002 through 2009. Wiekert is currently responsible to the worldwide new client acceptance of Citco Fund Services and is responsible for the risk management of Citco Fund Services’ Caribbean offices. Wiekert has been a Member of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association since December 31, 2001 and holds a HEAO-BE (BA) of The Hague Business School and the International Diploma in Compliance of the International Compliance Association.
QUALIFICATIONS:Fund Accounting Operations.
Tel(direct):+1 345-914-8471
Fax: +1 345-945-0274
Debra Humphreys – Member
EMPLOYER:Cayman National Corporation

CAREER SUMMARY:CNC Group Compliance Manager and MLRO from December 2003. Previous professional career extends over 20 years in Trust and Company Management industry both at home in Grand Cayman and overseas.

QUALIFICATIONS:Member International Compliance Association (MICA) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).
Tel: : 815 5814
945 5176
Stephanie Scott
Stephanie.Scott – Member
CAREER SUMMARY: Stephanie is a Manager at KRyS Global and has over six years of work experience in financial services industry. Stephanie’s work at KRyS global includes voluntary and official liquidations, corporate recovery, forensic investigations and fraud. Stephanie is also the Head of Compliance of KRyS Global for the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas and Guernsey offices. She is also the MLRO for their Bahamas office.
QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate Diploma in Law, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Advance International Certificate in Compliance & Financial Crime.
Tel (direct): +1 345-815-8411
Fax: +1 345-946-6728
Kate Taft – Member
CAREER SUMMARY:Kate Taft is the Global Head of Compliance and based in the Cayman Islands. She joined Harneys in 2014. Prior to this she spent several years at Ogier where she was responsible for global compliance predominantly in the Cayman, BVI and Asian regions and also acted as a compliance consultant for several Cayman Islands investment fund clients.Kate has over 25 years of experience in several jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, BVI, Bermuda and the Channel Islands.
QUALIFICATIONS:Chartered Institute of Bankers Offshore Practice; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist in Compliance and Risk Management and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Tel: +1 345 815 2917



CICA Subcommittees

Policy Committee
  • Sandra Edun-Watler – (Chair)
  • Tim Dawson
  • Ishmael Da Silva
  • Padraig Hoare
  • Sean Harrington
Training, Education & Scholarships Committee
  • Nanalie Cover – (Chair)
  • Susan Needham
  • Elvis Coward
  • Judith Watler
PR/Website Committee
  • Gwen Pineau – (Chair)
  • Karen O’Brien
  • Reina Ebanks