Guernsey Raiders Rugby Club secures sponsorship from Belasko

Belasko is proud to announce its two-year sponsorship deal with the Guernsey Raiders Rugby Club.

Belasko’s sponsorship will contribute to essential operational costs including both the men and women’s travel costs for away matches in the UK. This support will ensure that the teams can continue their participation in the UK league system.  

During the 2022/23 season, the Guernsey’s Raiders’ teams will take part in 36 games, half home and half away in the UK.  

Andrea Harris, chair of the Guernsey Raiders club, said: ‘We are hugely grateful to Belasko for their support. It costs approximately £100,000 per annum just to enable the Raiders’ senior teams to travel to the UK for their away matches. Belasko’s contribution will help to fund travel for the current season and for 2023/24. 

‘The role of the Guernsey Rugby Association in the island’s schools in recent years has increased the number of home-grown talented players taking part in Guernsey Raiders games. We hope to see more coming through the door in the future.’    

Ross Youngs, Group Commercial Director at Belasko, said: ‘We hope this sponsorship period will evolve into a long and fulfilling partnership. At Belasko, we are huge supporters of our local community and our employees.  

‘We are proud to support Belasko’s own Tom Teasedale and Dom Rice as part of this sponsorship, who both play for the Guernsey Raiders.’  

Guernsey strengthens the team with two senior hires

We are thrilled to announce two senior appointments to our Guernsey team as we continue to expand our ability and experience in the location. 

Leasa Callaway joined during March 2021 as an Associate Director heading up the Guernsey funds team. Leasa has over 30 years’ in industry with leading fund administration businesses and brings with her a wealth of experience having previously worked on a broad spectrum of fund structures and asset classes. 

Rachel Gardiner joined during May 2021 as an Associate Director and is responsible for the compliance and regulatory functions across all business areas. Rachel has extensive regulatory and risk management experience gained through previous employment with leading fund and fiduciary businesses.

On the appointments, Greg Mckenzie, Managing Director of the Guernsey office, commented “We are delighted to have Leasa and Rachel on board. They join us in a very exciting chapter of our journey and demonstrate both our commitment to Guernsey and our appetite to strengthen and grow the Guernsey business.”

New Leadership Team for Guernsey

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Greg McKenzie as Managing Director of our Guernsey office and Andy Bailey as Head of Fiduciary.

Greg brings over 16 years’ experience within global servicing businesses covering the funds, fiduciary and banking sectors. Specialising in alternatives, Greg brings a wealth of leadership and corporate governance experience to the business. He will oversee all aspects of the business in Guernsey including relationship management, client service delivery and corporate governance.

Andy has over 20 years’ financial services experience with leading independent trust companies and has extensive experience in complex private client and corporate structures that spans a broad spectrum of asset classes. Andy commences a growth role and his remit will oversee fiduciary service delivery across all Group locations, which will include business development, technical fiduciary matters and product development.

Paul Lawrence, CEO, commented: “Greg and Andy have come into the business at a very exciting stage in our journey. They bring energy and enthusiasm to the business and I am confident that their complementary skill sets will ensure smooth delivery of client service whilst supporting our ambitious growth plans for both Guernsey and the broader Group.”

Ross Youngs

Ross joined Belasko in 2021 to lead the Groups commercial growth strategy in Private Capital Fund Administration, Corporate Administration and Fiduciary services.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the Offshore Fund and Fiduciary markets holding leadership roles in Alternative Assets, Sales, Relationship Management and Client Service for a global provider.

Working with managers across the UK, US, Europe and Middle East, Ross has helped clients launch fund and investment structures in the Private and Public markets focusing on Private Capital and Real Assets.  His experience covers multi location, complex fund servicing and has a strong understanding of Fund Administration, Banking, Financing, Custody and Depositary Services.

Ross seeks to create proactive partnerships with clients based upon trust, a long-term strategic commitment and great service.

Ross is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Banking and holds a BSC (Hons) degree in Financial Services.

Greg McKenzie

Greg joined Belasko during 2020 and is responsible for fund, corporate and private wealth service delivery in Guernsey.

Greg has over 16 years’ experience within the financial services industry covering the investment, fiduciary and banking sectors. Through this period Greg has led and participated in a number of strategic initiatives which include business development, product establishment, regulatory change, operating model refinement and on boarding complex new business across global servicing businesses. Greg holds a number of directorship appointments for group and client entities. This covers investment management companies, regulated funds and private asset holding vehicles covering a spectrum of asset classes but specialising in alternatives. Greg holds the Corporate Governance Diploma from the Corporate Governance Institute, the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee for the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association.

Andy Bailey

Andy joined Belasko in 2020 to lead the Fiduciary offering across the Group.

Andy has over 20 years’ financial services experience having spent the last 12 years at leading independent trust companies, where he has held senior management, Director and Board level positions. Andy has extensive experience in complex Private Client and Corporate structures for UHNW international families, and has been appointed to various regulated and private entity Boards. These Board appointments have required the management of various regulated financial services obligations, together with the active management of a range of asset classes including residential and commercial property, peer to peer and private leverage arrangements, listed investment strategies, private equity, art and other esoteric asset classes. Andy holds a BSC (Hons) degree in Management with Trust and Estates through the Manchester Business School, as well as the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Diploma. (TEP).

Simon Murphy

Simon has over 16 years’ experience in Private Wealth Management and Fiduciary. Simon has worked on large Corporate structures and managed complex Private Client relationships for UHNW International Families.

Simon has gained experience in a wide range of asset classes and products such as Residential & Commercial Property, Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Discretionary Investment Portfolio’s, Unquoted Companies and Art. The multi-jurisdictional nature of Simon’s previous clients and their assets they held has given him exposure to a wide range of different tax jurisdictions.

Simon is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Diploma. (TEP) [and is studying towards the Investment Advice Diploma through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments]

Katy Wilby

Katy joined Belasko in March 2020, to support the transformational growth journey.

As Head of IT and Change, Katy is responsible for local IT and the Group Operations teams based in Guernsey. Katy also supports the Group Operations Director with the Business Change Portfolio, managing the delivery of Belasko’s Strategic initiatives. She has worked for numerous multinational financial services businesses, in technical client facing and back office capacities. Previous roles saw Katy develop solutions and lead teams in Business Intelligence, Project Management, IT Operations and Strategic Initiatives. Katy has a background in IT and Programming and understands the importance of implementing solutions underpinned by a solid technological infrastructure. Previous projects she has worked on include; developing and implementing Target Operating Models for businesses in different states of maturity, Data/Business Intelligence Strategies, IT Infrastructure Projects, Core System Implementations, Organisational Design and Process Redesign. Katy has extensive experience advising and working with all levels of leadership to design solutions to enhance and futureproof business performance

In her spare time, Katy likes being outdoors and particularly enjoys regular walks along Guernsey’s cliff paths.