CICA Executive Committee Biographies
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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).
Tel (Direct): +1 345-914-4227
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.
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
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.
CAREER SUMMARY: Andy has worked across a broad range of clients within Financial Services, spanning both Financial Assurance and AML/CFT Compliance. His career within Financial Services began with PWC where he worked as a Senior Associate on Internal and External audits, qualifying as an ACA.
For the past 7 years he has worked as a consultant in the AML field for clients across numerous sectors, managing large-scale compliance projects, acting as the appointed officer(s), delivering training programs and performing AML audits.
CAREER SUMMARY: Brid is a senior manager in the Advisory Services team at KPMG in the Cayman Islands. Her areas of focus are regulatory compliance, internal audit, forensic, corporate intelligence, asset identification and people and change. She has been in professional services for over 11 years and during this time has assisted clients across various industries including banking, financial services and insurance. She spent five years with KPMG in Ireland and thereafter moved to the Cayman Islands where she has resided for the past six years. She regularly advises clients on the adequacy of their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies and procedures, performs AML assessments and governance reviews. She has previously led a number of cross boarder remediation exercises and lectured on corporate intelligence and fraud.
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.
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.
Tel(Direct): +1 345 815 7581
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.
Tel: +1 345 623 2127
Tel:+1 345-815 1415
CAREER SUMMARY: Samantha is the Compliance Officer at Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd. She started her career in audit at KPMG in the Cayman Islands, and, after a 15 month secondment in New York, she moved into internal audit and regulatory compliance advisory as a manager back at KPMG in the Cayman Islands. In her current role as Compliance Officer at Genesis, she provides oversight of compliance with regulatory and internal applicable requirements within the organization.
CAMS (Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist)
- Sandra Edun-Watler – (Chair)
- Tim Dawson
- Gwen Pineau
- Andy Spillsbury
- Brid Verling
- Padraig Hoare
- Karen O’Brien
- Sean Harrington
Training, Education & Scholarships Committee
- Susan Needham – (Chair)
- Samantha Hennings
- Nanalie Cover
- Elvis Coward
- Robin Jarvis
- Ian Patrick
- Karen O’Brien (Chair)
- Sean Harrington