Andrew R Whittaker
Andrew is Managing Director of Aver Partners and he sits on several Investment Manager and Fund Boards specialising in Debt, Venture, Renewable and Buyout. Prior to joining Aver Partners, Andrew was Managing Director at Ipes a leading provider of outsourced services to the Private Equity industry.
He is currently Chairman of the British Private Equity & Venture Association (BVCA) Channel Islands Working Group and sits on the Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA) executive committee. He is a previous Chairman of the Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA) and continues to sit on the executive committee.
Previously, Andrew was Managing Director at Capita (formally Sinclair Henderson) where he led teams specialising in Private Equity, Real Estate, Investment Companies, Offshore Hedge Funds, Taxation plus DTP. He has held senior management roles at Moscow Narodny (now VTB Capital), DML and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant whilst at HSBC.
Andrew graduated from Cardiff University and is a Member of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). He is also a member of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) Technical Committee; and a previous member of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) Regulatory Committee; and of Invest Europe's (formally European Venture Capital Association's (EVCA)) Technical Group.
Sarah J Macknight
Sarah has over 20 years of marketing and business development experience. She has held various senior marketing and business development roles in the corporate sector, particularly in the telecommunications, I.C.T. and finance industry.
Sarah founded a successful marketing & public relations company in the UK and recently established a communications department for a global financial services company in Guernsey. Prior to this she was a marketing consultant to Capita Asset Services delivering specific strategic marketing and business development plans for the board and sales directors of Capita.
She currently sits on the Guernsey Investment Funds Association (GIFA) marketing committee and was a previous member of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) marketing committee.
Sarah graduated from Birmingham University and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Association (CIM) and has a CIM Diploma.
Jolyon is a partner at Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong. Jolyon is a banking and finance lawyer with extensive experience in Asia and Europe. Jolyon specialises in debt finance, including banking, acquisition finance and project finance. He also has experience in financing infrastructure and renewable energy projects.
Jolyon has focused his practice on Asian trade and commodity finance and advises both international financial institutions and traders and commodity banks on all aspects of the trade cycle from financing structures and documentation to regulatory requirements.
Jolyon is regularly recognised as a leading finance lawyer and is described as “highly competent, knows his market extremely well and a pleasure to work with” (IFLR 2011). He is also noted as “the key figure on structured trade finance” (Legal 500 Banking and Finance: Hong Kong 2014).