|6 Feb 2019|
Kin was born in Guernsey in 1981 and has over 15 years experience working the financial services industry having worked in Fiduciary, Investment Management and Family Office sectors. He holds qualifications in Trust and Estate management, Family Business Advising and Investment Management.
Kin started his career at Credit Suisse Trust Limited in Guernsey after completing a degree in Business Management at Plymouth University. Thereafter, he went onto become a Partner of privately owned fiduciary and investment company's based in Switzerland as well as holding a non-executive position in an asset management firm in Singapore. He also acted on the board and on the investment committee of those companies as well as investment advisor to a fund listed on TISE. Kin was extensively involved in the restructuring of these companies liaising with tax advisors and appropriate regulators on an ongoing basis. His client base have been predominantly UK Non-Dom/corporate, Hong Kong and Swiss based.
More recently, Kin has gone on to establish two Guernsey based companies. One being a Software As a Service (SAAS) platform enabling the efficient connection of local service providers to direct end users. The second being a private multi-family office, providing directorship and family office services to a number of local and international clients.
Kin is married with two young children, Rupert and Beatrice.
Secretary's Newsletter May 2021
Sadly this will be my last year as the Honorary Secretary. As some of you may know, I was appointed the CEO of Guernsey Finance last year, the promotional body for the Guernsey financial services industry, which (should!) involve a high degree of travel. We are hoping that our events in the likes of New York, Hong Kong and Cape Town will be able to go ahead later in the year, and so I will be unable to give the OEA the commitment that it deserves and needs going forwards. These are very exciting times for Guernsey, and especially for our financial services industry, as we firmly believe that the safety, security and stability that the island offers will be seen as a hugely important by our international business partners.
I have to say that I have massively enjoyed being the Honorary Secretary and it has been a privilege to be a part of such a distinguished and respected association. I have learnt a great deal about the workings of Elizabeth College, both past and present, and it is heartening to see that as an institution it continues to adapt to prevailing economic and social factors thereby going from strength to strength. Although I am stepping down, I am not leaving the committee, and so will be on hand to assist the proposed new Honorary Secretary Kin Tang (8786).
Kin left College in 1999 to study Business Management at the University of Plymouth. On graduating, he entered the financial services industry, working first in Guernsey and then moving to Switzerland for a period of eight years and then onwards to Singapore for a brief stint, before returning to Guernsey in 2016. Most recently Kin has started his own businesses on the island showing a very entrepreneurial spirit! Kin is married with two children, and I have no doubt whatsoever that, should he be elected, he will make an excellent Honorary Secretary.
Turning to OEA events, the 2020 Guernsey Dinner was delayed from June to November due to the Covid-19 public health emergency, and sadly the London Dinner had to be cancelled; however the rescheduled Guernsey event was worth the wait. The 168th dinner was a splendid occasion at the Old Government House Hotel, with pre-dinner drinks in the College Hall. The event was again a sell-out, being all the more impressive due to the capacity of the OGH being 150 diners and so the largest Guernsey dinner since the 154th dinner held at St James in 2013 to celebrate the College’s 450th anniversary.
The Guest of Honour was Peter Ferbrache (5823) who had recently taken on the role of Chief Minister of Guernsey. Peter joined Elizabeth College in 1962 and left in July 1970. During his time at College he was a member of the junior athletics team, a member of the BBC Sporting Chance Team, and was made a sub-prefect in 1969. On leaving College, Peter studied Law at London University and became a member of Greys Inn in 1972, returning to Guernsey and joining the Guernsey Bar in 1981. A full account of Peter’s speech will be in the next copy of the Elizabethan.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary restrictions on normal life, only one OEA award was made in 2020/2021 namely the provision of funding to the College to purchase three new target rifles for the Elizabeth College Shooting Team.
Despite a somewhat muted 2020, the OEA committee has been busy organising events to keep the membership entertained. In glorious late Summer weather, a large number of OEs came together to watch Guernsey play our air tunnel partners, the Isle of Man, at cricket at the College Field, with cold drinks and a delicious barbecue. Guernsey was set a relatively low target to win and reached it with plenty to spare; many thanks to committee member Glen Broadhurst (7642) for organising the event so well.
Steve Sharman (7555) continues to do an excellent job organising OE sports fixtures against College. In the football, the 1st XI game over the past few years has been a tight affair with matches drawn at the end of normal time and the lottery of the penalty shoot-out being required. This year’s match was no different with a 4-4 result after 90 minutes. However, following a wonderful save from the keeper, the College took the victory, and after seven years of hurt the trophy now resides in the College Hall again. In the 2nd XI match, the OEA team eventually came to grips with the incredibly small pitch and goals to run out 4-1 winners after being 1-0 down at half-time.
In hockey, the OEA 1st XI beat the EC 1st XI 8-0. Whilst the score line seems uncharacteristically heavy in favour of the OEA it must be recognised that the team consisted of seven current full Island players and actually is a reflection of the outstanding hockey programme that has been in place at College over many years. The 2nd XI teams drew 1-1 in another exciting game.
The committee has given the green light to a joint OEA/College cricket team which will play in the island league this year as part of a new OEA Sporting Club. We are currently considering similar proposals for OEA football and hockey teams to play in island leagues depending on whether there is a demand from our members. Steve Sharman has already sent out emails to gauge the level of interest from the membership so please do watch out for news and updates on the OEA website.
Finally, my thanks go to the OEA President James Ovenden, the OEA committee, Dot Carruthers, Sara Wright and Jennie Doucy in the Foundation Office and the Bursar Mike Spiller for all of their help and assistance over the last year
R J Pleasant (7313)
Honorary Secretary OEA