Winners in 2011

Dean Godwin, Managing Director, State Street Jersey

Emerging Director of the Year - Dean Godwin, Managing Director, State Street Jersey

Fourteen years ago former Hautlieu student, Dean Godwin, joined Mourant as a trainee. His natural talent and leadership skills quickly saw him rise to senior positions where he played a pivotal role in expanding the firm's Finance Administration business into new markets and jurisdictions. In 2010, as Managing Director of the Jersey Finance Administration business, he led the 400 strong team through its acquisition by global financial services firm, State Street. Dean's strength as a leader ensured the business was successfully integrated in twelve months with minimal employee attrition. His focus, business acumen and people leadership skills are well recognized in State Street today and he is poised to oversee State Street's ambitious growth plans for the Jersey business in the alternative investment funds sector.

Judges’ comment: “His focus, business acumen and leadership skills helped to steer the business through a challenging period to emerge poised for further growth.”

Chris Evans, Managing Director, Foreshore

Global Director of the Year – Chris Evans, Managing Director, Foreshore

Chris Evans is Managing Director, and a shareholder, of Foreshore Limited, an international-class, telco-neutral internet and data services business created to help facilitate the growth of electronic business in Jersey. He has been involved in running IT businesses in Jersey for over twenty years, establishing his first business in 1984 and merging it with another in 1993 to become the Itex Group which he sold in 2000 to establish Foreshore. Foreshore hosts some of Europe’s largest ecommerce companies and top offshore banks. It has continually invested in business growth and diversification, most recently developing new services to address the growing demand for cloud-delivered hosting services based offshore. It has also been developing its international markets, and grown its network of resellers in Central America, the Caribbean and the Far East.

Judges’ comment: “An entrepreneur who, having established the business, identified new income streams and has grown overseas revenue from almost nothing to 40% in a short time.”

Wendy Dorman, Tax Partner, PwC CI LLP

Female Director of the Year – Wendy Dorman, Tax Partner, PwC CI LLP

Over the last decade Wendy has made significant contributions to the businesses she has worked for and to securing a future for the Finance industry and the ongoing health of Jersey’s economy. She has led PwC’s tax practice since 2008 and has broadened its services particularly in the investment fund and high net worth arena. The successful restructuring of the tax offering enabled Wendy to build a stronger management team and has provided enhanced career development opportunities to team members. She has ignited passion and confidence in existing staff and developed them into a strong, stable, flexible team, with the skills and experience needed to deliver the changing range of services that market developments called for.

Judges’ comment “Wendy expected to deliver consistent growth despite recession, she has outperformed, beating ambitious targets; en route she has helped to develop career opportunities for team members.”

Richard Rolfe, former Headmaster, Le Rocquier School

Public Sector/Not-For-Profit Director of the Year – Richard Rolfe, former Headmaster, Le Rocquier School

IoD Director of the Year, Public/Third Sector – UK Nationals

When Richard was appointed as head teacher to Le Rocquier School he was the fourth head teacher in four years. The school was under-subscribed, had falling student numbers and had lost the confidence of the community. Within a short space of time Rolfe transformed the school’s performance and finances, eradicating years of deficit. The school is now over subscribed and in 2010, they recorded their best ever GCSE results. Richard led his organisation to twice win the Jersey Enterprise Award for training/ developing staff, twice win Investors in People at the highest level seen in the Channel Islands and three times win the coveted British Council’s International School Award. In 2011, he also won the IoD Public/Third Sector Director of the Year Award at the UK Nationals.

Judges’ comment: “Richard has turned a school described merely as satisfactory into one officially recognised as "outstanding" through strong leadership and involvement of both the staff faculty and student body.”

Tony Gardner-Hillman

Non-Executive Director of the Year – Tony Gardner-Hillman

Tony graduated from Oxford with first class honours in Law, qualified as a solicitor in London and has over 25 years of finance and trust company business law gained in London and Jersey. He has consistently brought new business relationships into Jersey which he has developed for the benefit of the island. Tony set up his own business, Gardner-Hillman Directorship Services in 2007, regulated by the JFSC since the beginning and has a full-time career as a high-quality specialist independent NED. Through promoting high-quality specialist NED service from Jersey, he helps increase awareness of Jersey as the supplier of choice for professional services.

Judges’ comment: “A full-time specialist non-executive director, he has contributed at a strategic level to board effectiveness while helping to unlock the potential to increase value.”

Kristina Le Feuvre, aMaizin! Adventure Park

Established Director of the Year – Kristina Le Feuvre, aMaizin! Adventure Park

aMaizin! Adventure Park was originally a major exporting farm but continued market pressure and falling commodity prices led to the decision to cease export farming in 2000. Looking for an innovative idea that would enable them to utilise the property, they trialled a maize maze in 2001 opening for just ten weeks. aMaizin! Adventure Park saw 18,000 visitors in the first year. The adventure park doubled in size in 2007 and now welcomes over 55,000 visitors annually. Each year has seen considerable visitor growth during which time the Tourism visitor numbers have fallen by 35%. Kristina has played a key role in establishing, growing and diversifying the business and works with a small team to identify opportunities and projects. She investigates and creates new ideas and activities annually to ensure fresh appeal.

Judges’ comment: “Kristina had the vision to transform a struggling business into a new and altogether different venture; ten years on it is an established and important part of Jersey's offering, welcoming 55,000 visitors a year.

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