Meet the Board
Our Board of Directors is comprised of the following dedicated, experienced, and well-respected members of the Cayman Islands financial services industry. Their broad range of skills and experience provides our association with the strong and capable leadership our industry needs to continue to prosper in the ever changing landscape of global finance.
Conor O’Dea – Chairman
Since 1989, Mr O’Dea worked for Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited in various capacities. He ended his executive career with a stint as Managing Director Cayman and President & Chief Operating Officer, BNTB Group. In April 2016, he retired from executive responsibilities with Butterfield Group and assumed a non-executive role as Director of BNTB Board and Chairman of Butterfield’s Board. Throughout his career, Mr O’Dea has also served in various associate and government positions, including President at the Cayman Islands Banker’s Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
Nick joined Ogier as a partner in 2010. He advises on a wide range of corporate matters with a focus on hedge fund and private equity fund formation, joint ventures, acquisitions, and venture capital financing transactions. His principal areas of practice are investment funds, corporate and commercial business and trust law group and listing services.
Kevin is Managing Partner at KPMG in the Cayman Islands, joining the office of the firm in 1991. He became a partner in 1997 and was appointed as Regional Head of Audit in 2004 and then Managing Partner in 2012. He has led the audit practice through significant growth and regulatory change, driving industry specialisation, collaboration, leadership and engagement. Kevin’s responsibility as Partner in charge of People, Performance and Culture was critical in ensuring that KPMG recruits, develops and retains high performers who are passionate about delivering real value to our clients. Kevin’s client base focuses on entities in the Insurance and Banking sectors and he served as Lead Insurance Partner for many years.
Graeme Sunley is PwC Cayman’s territory leader as well at the asset management leader for PwC Cayman and the wider network of PwC firms across the Caribbean. He was admitted to the PwC Cayman partnership in 2006. He has more than 20 years of professional experience with PwC, the last 18 of which have been with PwC Cayman. His client portfolio comprises alternative investment funds with a variety of different investment strategies and legal structures. He works with major fund administrators, legal counsel and fund governance firms.
Bryan is the Managing Partner of Appleby’s Cayman office and the Corporate and Commercial practice group head in Cayman. He has extensive experience in the structuring and formation of hedge funds, funds of funds and private equity funds. He regularly advises on various operational and regulatory issues in relation to these funds. His practice also includes general corporate matters, corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions. Bryan is a notary public in the Cayman Islands. He has served as a board member of the Civil Aviation Authority, the Caymanian Bar Association (of which he is a past president) and the Chamber of Commerce and has served as a member of the Financial Services Council. Bryan has contributed to various legal publications, including Legal Week and the Cayman Financial Review.
Ashley Gunning is a partner in Walkers’ Global Investment Funds and Corporate Groups based in the firm’s Cayman Islands office. He specialises in the formation of hedge funds and private equity funds, and all aspects of corporate work, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience dealing exclusively with international transactions Ashley qualified into the investment funds team at Norton Rose in London and in 1999 moved to their Singapore office where his area of practice included cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment. In 2004, Ashley joined Walkers in the British Virgin Islands before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2006. He then set up the Singapore office in 2009 before returning to the Cayman Islands office in 2012.
Michael McWatt is the Managing Director for Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited with responsibility for the Butterfield Group’s Cayman operations as well as overall responsibility for Community Banking functions in Bermuda and Cayman. He is a career banker with more than 25 years’ experience in Canada, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. He has been with Butterfield for the past 17 years and was previously Group Chief Credit Officer in Bermuda and Executive Vice President and Deputy Managing Director in Cayman. He previously held positions in Corporate Banking and Risk Management in Canada.Michael holds a BA in Economics from McMaster University, an Honours Commerce Degree from University of Windsor and is a graduate of the Executive Program from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He is a Director and past president of the Cayman Islands Bankers’ Association.
David Roberts – Treasurer
David Roberts is the Managing Director of Cayman Management joining in the firm in 1982 and has the overall responsibility for the diverse range of services provided by Cayman Management and its affiliated companies. He specializes in the establishment and operation of a variety of corporate structures and holds numerous executive and non-executive directorships, including hedge funds, insurance and reinsurance companies, investment companies, international holding company structures, along with general operating and asset holding companies.
David has an extensive background in business administration, investment and international corporate matters. He took up residency in the Cayman Islands in 1982, prior to which he gained international experience to a senior level with an international publicly quoted company based in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in the United Kingdom and is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner. David is a long standing Director of Cayman Finance Ltd., is a founding member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and is currently sitting on a number of other financial sector representative boards and committees.
Stuart is Deloitte’s Office Managing Partner and has over 25 years’ experience in public accounting, the last 18 of which have been based in the Cayman Islands where he has been a partner since 2000. Stuart specialises in insolvency, forensic accounting and dispute consulting. He is a Canadian qualified Chartered Accountant, as well as a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants and founding board member of the Cayman Islands chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association. In addition to his local responsibilities, Stuart is the lead partner for Financial Advisory Services in the Deloitte Caribbean & Bermuda Cluster, as well as a member of the America’s Financial Advisory Services board.
Jon is Global Head of the Investment Funds group of Maples and Calder and is based in the Cayman Islands. He specialises in hedge fund and private equity fund formation, representing a diverse industry client base. Jon has extensive knowledge of structuring and regulatory issues, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Jon joined Maples and Calder in 1998 and was elected as a partner in 2003. He previously worked in the corporate team at Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co in New Zealand and, before that, in the mergers and acquisitions group at Linklaters in London. Who’s Who Legal ranked Jon as one of the top ten Most Highly Regarded Individual Offshore Lawyers in private funds. He has been recommended in Legal 500, and named as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000. Jon has been ranked in Band 1 as a notable practitioner by Chambers Global.
Rohan is a partner in the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands (BBC) region of Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Organization.
He has more than 20 years of audit experience in the financial services sector serving numerous large hedge funds, private equity funds, special purpose vehicles and banks. He is currently the IFRS leader for the BBC.
Rohan received Bachelor Degrees in accounting and computer science from the University of Texas located in Austin. He is licensed as a CPA in the State of Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs.
Rohan has served on various government, statutory and service organization boards and committees. Rohan is a past Chairman of the Cayman Islands’ Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), past president of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants (CISPA), and the first chairman of it’s Licensing Committee.
Richard Fear is a Partner in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. His practice covers a broad range of corporate and finance transactions.
Richard’s particular focus is on corporate finance, M&A, debt and equity issues, private equity portfolio transactions, stock exchange listings and corporate reorganizations. His clients include multinational banks, corporate groups and investment managers.
Richard has been practicing Cayman Islands law for more than 15 years and the laws of Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands for 7 years. He brings a commercial approach to transactions, having previously been managing director of the Cayman subsidiary of a London merchant bank and practiced as a chartered accountant at a big four firm.
Don is the Founder of DMS Offshore Investment Services and is recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most influential men in the global hedge fund industry. He was directly responsible for the creation of the Investment Services Division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), where he is credited with the development and implementation of its market-friendly and responsive regulatory framework for regulating hedge funds that propelled the Cayman Islands to become the leading hedge fund jurisdiction in the world. After his tenure as Heads of Investment Services, he served as a member of the board of directors of CIMA. A Notary Public, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Certified Public Accountant certificate from Illinois.
William is a Partner of Rawlinson & Hunter and has responsibility for the firm’s trust and corporate services department. He has over 25 years of experience and specialises in private client services including international trust structures, private trust companies and purpose trusts. William is a director of The R&H Trust Co. Ltd. and The Harbour Trust Co. Ltd., duly licensed Cayman Islands trust companies owned by Rawlinson & Hunter in the Cayman Islands. He advises on the establishment and ongoing administration of Cayman Islands trusts and companies including acting as a director of a number of private trust companies, other regulated entities and other client companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Vice Chairman of the Cayman Islands branch of STEP and a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.
Peter is the Managing Partner of the Cayman Islands office of Mourant Ozannes. Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes in 2008, he worked in London as a partner at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin and before that at Allen & Overy. Peter has extensive experience of financial services litigation and insolvency matters. He has worked in-house at UBS and Barclays. Peter was admitted as an English solicitor (currently non-practising) in 1996 and granted higher rights of audience in 2002. He was admitted as a Cayman Islands attorney in 2008. Peter is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, INSOL and the Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association.
Jude Scott is a former Partner of Ernst & Young and former Global CEO of Maples and Calder.He retired as an Audit Partner in 2008 after spending over 23 years with Ernst & Young where he specialised in the audits of investment funds, banks and insurance companies.As the Global Chief Executive Officer of Maples and Calder, he took an active role in the strategic growth and development of the firm.Jude is well respected in the local community and internationally, having served on various Cayman Islands Government and private sector committees, including the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants, the Cayman Islands Financial Services Council, the Education Council, the Insolvency Rules Committee and the Stock Exchange.
Dr Dax Basdeo oversees the strategy, operations and administration of the Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services and Home Affairs.
Entities under his leadership include the Department of Financial Services Policy and Legislation; the Department of International Tax Cooperation; General Registry; Her Majesty’s Prison Service; Her Majesty’s Fire Service; the Department of Community Rehabilitation; the Department of Public Safety Communication (911); and Hazard Management Cayman Islands.
The Ministry also has responsibility for the jurisdiction’s financial services regulator, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, as well as the Auditors Oversight Authority; the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange; and the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands.
Dr Basdeo’s background is in economics, finance, statistics and strategic management. He holds degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Manchester, and the University of Maryland.