What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am currently the Head of Business (Managing Director) for HSBC Management (Guernsey) Limited which is a fund manager of alternative fund products in the HSBC Global Asset Management division. I have been doing this for 2 years now.  

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

It really depends! Some days are governance days (running the company) some are spent on investigation and  problem solving but it could easily be people management, product development, buying a property, refinancing or overseeing a review on money laundering  controls. Every day is varied.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I always wanted to be an agent for science fiction or fantasy novelists. The reason being that I would get to read the new books faster than the general public.

What was your first job?

My first job whilst at school was as a kitchen porter at a restaurant on the Bridge. I hated it. I quickly moved to paper rounds and working for the GP printing team. My first job out of school was working for the civil service (Guernsey Telecoms). I hated that too. I quickly moved to be an advertising sales executive (a much better job) then decided to go to university.

How long have you been involved in YBG?

I have been part of the YBG since moving back to the Island. I joined a few months after getting back in 2008. 

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

My favourite thing to do on Guernsey is the flexibility on free time. There are so many things that you can do simply because you don’t have a 3 hour commute every day. I get to spend time with my family out and about (including ferrying my children round to cubs, rugby, dance, drama) be a member of a choir (the Accidentals), be involved in some great G.A.D.O.C or Evoke shows, work with YBG and Chamber and extracurricular work forums such as the Guernsey Investment Funds Association. If I lived anywhere else I could not do half of that.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

PG Wodehouse, Stephen Fry and Dorothy L Sayers. These three people have given me so much enjoyment through the years that I would just want to thank them.

Get to Know Stephen Rouxel (Past President)

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am currently the Head of Business (Managing Director) for HSBC Management (Guernsey) Limited which is a fund manager of alternative fund products in the HSBC Global Asset Management division. I have been doing this for 2 years now.  

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

It really depends! Some days are governance days (running the company) some are spent on investigation and  problem solving but it could easily be people management, product development, buying a property, refinancing or overseeing a review on money laundering  controls. Every day is varied.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I always wanted to be an agent for science fiction or fantasy novelists. The reason being that I would get to read the new books faster than the general public.

What was your first job?

My first job whilst at school was as a kitchen porter at a restaurant on the Bridge. I hated it. I quickly moved to paper rounds and working for the GP printing team. My first job out of school was working for the civil service (Guernsey Telecoms). I hated that too. I quickly moved to be an advertising sales executive (a much better job) then decided to go to university.

How long have you been involved in YBG?

I have been part of the YBG since moving back to the Island. I joined a few months after getting back in 2008. 

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

My favourite thing to do on Guernsey is the flexibility on free time. There are so many things that you can do simply because you don’t have a 3 hour commute every day. I get to spend time with my family out and about (including ferrying my children round to cubs, rugby, dance, drama) be a member of a choir (the Accidentals), be involved in some great G.A.D.O.C or Evoke shows, work with YBG and Chamber and extracurricular work forums such as the Guernsey Investment Funds Association. If I lived anywhere else I could not do half of that.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

PG Wodehouse, Stephen Fry and Dorothy L Sayers. These three people have given me so much enjoyment through the years that I would just want to thank them.

Get to know Keith Hounsell

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

Managing Director Green Acorn Energy Solutions for 4 years, as well as couple NED, advising roles

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

The day always starts with a decent coffee and check emails, then it will balance between working with current clients on their power provision (mainly UK) and how we can assist with the long term strategy, liaising with our power aggregators, equity & VC partners who fund some projects with us, also checking up on progress with possible clients and the financial modelling that goes with that, few days a month I will be in either in London, Scotland or the South West directly meeting or speaking at events.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

Own a vineyard ideally South of France, although Marlborough region in New Zealand has a big draw!

What was your first job?

Working on a farm in Dorset

How long have you been involved in YBG and what you have you got out of being a member?

About 6 months and due to unexpected event in January meant I have not been able to attend recent events but am looking forward to meeting other members.

What is your favorite thing to do in Guernsey?

Island cycling as you get 2 benefits of health and excellent views, decent group of restaurants, although my weakness is the Fermain Beach Cafe, its just perfect!

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

Deborah Meaden, because her business head, heart and ethics are well aligned and cuts through the fluff, Will-i-Am, he is a really cool guy in all senses, has a great business head, fantastic background & upbringing and is very well aligned with modern life for all age groups and demographics, finally Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage, very interesting life history to date and good example of a 11th hour business save! also knows how to party so when its gets bit slow he would soon bring it to life!

Get to Know Holly Gwyn‐Griffiths

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at The Old Government House Hotel & Spa– since October so 5 months

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

I only spend a total of about 45 minutes in the office per day, my real office is the hotel floor, supporting the team members with service and ensuring we are all giving the best 5 star service to our guests. I will take out some time in the day to carry out training with the team and also liaising with the Executive Head Chef with regards to menus and upcoming functions.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I have no idea, I have never considered doing anything else apart from Hospitality.

What was your first job?

Working in my Aunty and Uncles Café which was on their farm, I was 14 when I started and washed the dishes and made tea & coffee. I loved it!

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I only joined in January but have already met some great people and by networking I have gained an insight into the other businesses in Guernsey

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

I love to go on cliff walks, it’s so peaceful and beautiful

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

1. Fred Sirieix – He is very passionate about the hospitality industry, he seems a great character as a host on the TV show first dates but he is currently the General Manager of Michelin­starred restaurant Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton as well. He has so much experience so I would love to hear his stories and experiences in the hospitality industry.

2. Prince Harry – It would be great to get an insight into the royal family, he also seems very down to earth and think he would have a good sense of humour

3. My mum as she loves a dinner party and is very entertaining. She also loves Prince Harry so wouldn’t like it if I didn’t invite her along as well.

Get to Know Korinne Le Page

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

My Company is Thrive Coaching & Training and I have been Training and Coaching for over 25 years now. I worked away for some time and came back to the Island in 2012.

As well as creating and running Leadership and Communication Workshops, I Coach Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Executives on their Business Vision and Goals and offer a series of Entrepreneurial Programmes and Wellness Retreats.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you? If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do

A typical day in the office? Well, I work from home so I have to be self­disciplined and I work had to follow the principles I teach in my Time Mastery Workshops! I usually work on Programmes and admin in the mornings and arrange Coaching sessions and meetings in the afternoons. At the same time I am very flexible and work around the schedules of my Clients as much as I can. I also run Training Workshops for the GTA and the MOE Foundation.

There is really nothing else I would rather be doing as I am passionate about what I do and working with people to help them be the very best they can be! We all have innate wisdom inside us, even if we don’t realise it! And I work with people to draw this out and release their full potential.

I have had great bosses in the past who have inspired me and also a couple who were more autocratic and I enjoy working with leaders to bring out the best in their people, rather than constrain them.

What was your first job?

My first job when I left school was working for Midland Bank, as it was then!

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I joined YBG at the end of last year and so far, I have met some interesting go­getters and it is great to get together with like­minded people and I enjoy the speakers and events too. I look forward to meeting more people in the coming months.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

My favourite thing to do in Guernsey has to be being on or near the sea! In the summer I am part of a rowing team and love to take part in races and the social life is good too! In the winter, it is great to walk on the beach and re­charge my batteries.

I am also a Silver Accredited Tour Guide and in the summer, when things can be quieter on the training front, I take visitors and locals on Town walks, as well as my speciality “Walking in Renoir’s Footsteps” tour around Moulin Huet.

I also enjoy being out and about in Guernsey as we are so lucky to have great restaurants and events happening.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

Richard Branson because I love to hear about his Entrepreneurial Journey and he is very down to earth too;

Michele Obama because she stands up for what she believes in and an inspiration to all; and Carolyne Gregory who was by boss in the 90’s and an inspiration to me. She believed in me

and is the reason why I am doing much of what I am doing today.

Get to Know Chris Taylor

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What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I have been with the bank for over 6 years in various roles, however I took a secondment to Guernsey 14 months ago and I presently work as a Corporate Relationship Director that looks after a portfolio of primarily International Subsidiary Clients – generally this means agency banks, captive insurers, professional service firms and a small mix of trust & fund admin.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Typically, where possible, I like to get out and meet 1 or 2 clients/ prospects / key professionals a day – what happens during and around this will help shape my activity. Fair to say I tend to find my self reactively tied to my desk with various internal matters more often than I would like.

Today I started the day around 8:30 by putting a client in Las Vegas in touch with colleagues in Hong Kong to start discussions on a facility for a new acquisition. This was followed by a team meeting and a catch up on some pressing internal matters. I then managed to make my excuses in the office to allow me to meet with one of my clients who is a global insurer. This afternoon I shall be speaking with a colleague in Canada with respect to reporting on a local client, another one in Qatar to get their support for a debt opportunity and writing a credit application & renewal in between!

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I’d like to be more active! Loved sport when I was younger but dodgy knees (and probably a lack of ability) meant I couldn’t do anything with this. I’m not entirely sure what I would like to do otherwise, but I’d definitely like to be outside more.

What was your first job?

At 14 (after my paper round) I took a job at a civil service members club serving food. I went on the bar at 16 and worked a couple of other retail jobs whilst at college and a few summer roles whilst at Uni. I kept the bar job right through until I was probably 19/20 when they shut the place down! It wasn’t quite the league of gentleman but it was a quirky place, I used to be allowed to drink whilst I worked – it’s pretty much where my love of beer started.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I was invited along by a colleague pretty soon after arriving in Guernsey. I didn’t actually officially join until the end of last/start of this year but YBG has been really useful personally from a social perspective. What I have also found about Guernsey is that the social and professional are never too far apart.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Get outside! Nothing makes me feel positive like seeing the sun reflecting off the sea – I get that on my walk to work most mornings. Last year for my birthday I decided to run the cliffs, that has views as beautiful as anywhere I have been. Looking forward for the sun this year so I can do the same again.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

I’m not really sure on this one but off the top of my head…
The Queen – no one will have had the kind of experiences she has, get a few vino’s down her and i’m sure she will have some great stories
Heston Blumenthal – if Liz is coming I will need some one better than me to do the cooking
George Best – Footballing legend and (self destructive nature to one side) the man knew how to entertain

Business Trends Survey 2015

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Thank you to those who participated in the 2015 Business Trends’ Survey. The results are now available and following on from its release, Chamber of Commerce will be holding a seminar on Thursday 11 June where you will have the opportunity to question a panel of speakers on the trends.

Click here to view the 2015 Business Trends Survey.

The panel will comprise:

  • Jon Moulton, Chairman and Found of Better Capital LLP
  • Gavin St Pier, Minister of Treasury and Resources at States of Guernsey
  • Kevin Stewart, Minister of Commerce and Employment at States of Guernsey

For tickets please contact Chamber at events@guernseychamber.com

 

Get to Know Dene Reardon

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What is your current job and how long have you been doing it?

I am an Audit Director at BDO Limited and have been in the role since June. I joined BDO in August 2007 as an Audit Senior.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Every day starts with a cappuccino! I catch up with my team and check whether there is anything urgent to deal with and after that may attend client meetings for planning or completion of audits, training sessions, internal meetings or undertake research on more challenging issues. Fortunately so far no day has been typical which makes the job even more enjoyable.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

If working wasn’t about paying the bills I would definitely get involved in the voluntary sector. Either by using the skills I have or learning new ones to assist in the community. 

 What was your first job?

My first proper job was as a bookkeeper for an accountant who was rather eccentric but was an outstanding mentor. He insisted that I start studying a part time University degree and I am very grateful to him for putting me on the career path that brought me to Guernsey.

What is your role/involvement with YBG?

I have been a member of YBG since 2012 and after returning from a break for maternity leave am now a member of the council.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Taking my 15 month old son to the beach is always a joy to watch the sheer delight as he plays in the rock pools or discovers something new.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

If I have to be more imaginative than my son, my mom and my husband I would invite:

– David Mitchell, my favourite author who has lived in Japan and has written such original novels that I would enjoy an evening listening to his anecdotes

– Noel Fielding to for his humour and quirkiness

– Michael Palin for his extensive travels and story telling

Get to know YBG

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What is YBG?

The Young Business Group is primarily a networking organisation, aimed at the younger element of the business community.

Do you have an age limit?

No. Our age limit used to be 40, with a view to people then moving on to the Chamber of Commerce. Some people do still move up to Chamber, but may also wish to stay with YBG. Our age profile is approximately 30 to 45, but members are welcome to stay with us as long as they choose!

What does YBG do every month?

YBG meets on the first Thursday of every month, holding a lunch, dinner or networking evening, one a month in rotation. This mix of events provides something for everyone, whether you enjoy networking over a meal or with a glass of wine. Our networking evenings are generally activity based, which provides an ice-breaker and something for members to talk about. We also have topical speakers at our lunches and dinners.

Future events include Lunch at Moores on 4th September, where Kate Evans from the Best of Guernsey will be our guest speaker and dinner at Bella Luce on 2nd October, where Mike Hopkins, Director of Marketing and Tourism for the Staes of Guensey will be our guest speaker. For further details please see the list of events on our website.

What does the YBG annual calendar look like?

In addition to our monthly events we are also involved in a number of projects, including the annual Business Trends Survey, administration of the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit and the Christmas Parade.

The purpose of the Business Trends Survey is to identify key issues affecting businesses on the island. YBG, in conjunction with Chamber, is responsible for presenting the survey.

The Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit is administered by YBG, and presented annually at our Summer Ball. The award is given to local businesses which have demonstrated a desire to succeed and the ambition, vision and drive to turn ideas into a successful business.

We also submit articles for each edition of Contact magazine, which is produced for Chamber, bi-monthly. The publication is distributed to all Chamber and YBG members, as well as being distributed at various points around the island and available online.

Tell us something we don’t know about YBG

YBG was set up over 50 years ago, initially as a ‘ginger group’ to the Chamber of Commerce, to add comment from a young perspective and provoke debate.

In those times only men were allowed to become members. The organisation discussed the Billet d’état every month and provided comment to Chamber. Although we no longer discuss the Billet, we do continue to be active in the business community. Happily we also welcome women members!

Who is responsible for the running of YBG?

The management of YBG is undertaken by a small council of 14 members. We meet each month to discuss and plan upcoming events and projects. Our council has a wide cross section of people from various business industries, which helps with the management and organisation of our events. Being on council also develops a great skill set for people.

If there’s anything else you would like to know about YBG we would love to hear from you! Council members’ details can be found on our website – drop us a line.

The YBG Summer Ball 2014

YBG is holding its Annual Summer Ball at St Pierre Park on Friday 20th June 2014.  Themed ‘All that Glitters’, the night will feature welcome drinks, a 3 course dinner, a guest speaker, presentation of the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit and two hours of live music courtesy of local group Element 6.

Event organisers Black Vanilla have promised that this year’s ball will deliver the wow factor and the theme gives the ladies the perfect excuse to dress to impress!

For the fourth ball, YBG have managed to keep the ticket price at a very reasonable £55 and places are expected to fill up quickly.

To book your table of 10, contact Suzy Hilton at Black Vanilla Events Limited on 729229 or at events@black-vanilla.gg

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Please click here to download the invite for the event.

Click here to view the event.