What does ‘Innovation in Financial Services’ mean for Guernsey?

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Join us for a panel discussion sharing on and off-island perspectives on what innovation in Financial Services really means for Guernsey; what is it in practice, is it really necessary? and what is/should Guernsey be doing as a result?


Linda Johnson


Linda an Advisory partner and has been with KPMG, based in Guernsey, for more than 18 years, where she specialises in risk and regulatory consulting, and restructuring engagements for regulated financial services businesses in the Crown Dependencies.  During her time with KPMG she has led in a wide range of engagements across the fiduciary, investment, banking and insurance sectors, including regulatory gap analysis and remediation, independent (skilled person) reviews, regulatory due diligence, internal audit, forensic investigations and liquidations. Through her work, and through her two years as Chairman of the Institute of Directors (Guernsey Branch), she has developed a deep understanding of the regulatory framework and has relationships with key local decision makers and industry regulators.

Dan Cobley

Managing Partner, Fintech, Blenheim Chalcot and Former Managing Director, Google UK and Ireland

Dan is an entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services. He leads the FinTech portfolio for Blenheim Chalcot, a long-established London venture builder, where he has co-founded a number of fast-growth fintech companies including Salary Finance, Koodoo Mortgages and ClearScore. He has been a non-exec at Admiral, engaged by the board of Santander, and an advisor to Onfido, Liberis, Modulr and Farewill. 

Until late 2014, Dan spent over 8 years at Google, as Managing Director UK & Ireland and as VP Marketing EMEA. Prior to Google Dan held senior marketing roles with Capital One, Ask Jeeves and Pepsi/Walkers. 

Dan has been a speaker at the TED Conference, has appeared as a technology expert on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and helped Alan Sugar choose his 2014 Apprentice.

Henry Freeman

Henry Freeman, Strategic Advisor - Guernsey Finance

Henry was educated on the island and has held senior and board director roles, over a 20+ year career in investment banking, fund management and fintech in London and the Channel Islands. In addition to his role as Strategic Advisor for Guernsey Finance, Henry is a member of the States Of Guernsey Investment Board as well providing Non-Executive Director and advisory services to investment managers and funds. He is also leading a mission with the Guernsey Investment & Funds Association (GIFA) to bring investment education into schools.

Tim Andrews

Founder of The ID Register.

Tim’s interest in fintech, started early in his career at Kraft Foods and at the legal firm Mourant. Prior to the development of The ID Register, Tim worked at Ipes where he was responsible for the development of new services including a market-leading AIF Depositary, FATCA and CRS Compliance and Fund Governance.


These were underpinned by Ipes’ core system,, the creation of which he led in 2010. Tim acts as FATCA Responsible Officer for a number of clients and is an Authorised Person in the UK and Channel Islands.


Tim holds a Masters degree in Economics and Management from University of Oxford, is a Chartered Director, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is PRINCE II qualified.