THE VALLA TEAM

David Petit
Chairman

After 18 years practicing as a Jersey advocate specialising in commercial law with particular focus on trust law, David took the opportunity to acquire an interest in and a directorship of VALLA in 2008. Outside of work David has difficulty in allocating his time between a number of activities including fishing, boating, navigating in motor rallies, gardening, football, golf, rugby, birding, travelling and gastronomic pursuits generally.

Alison Johnson
Managing Director

A qualified accountant and member of STEP, Alison has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years, specialising originally in trust structures, and focussing more recently on risk and compliance. A motorsport enthusiast, (both as an official at rallies and hill climbs, and as a spectator), her interests also include travel to out-of-the way places, snorkelling, fishing and rugby (played by others!). Entertaining with fine wines and food (cooked by someone else) is her favourite form of relaxation, with messing around on boats a close second.

Mark Baker
Director

After leaving the Royal Navy Mark commenced his work in the finance industry in 1990 as a book keeper. He qualified as an accountant in 1998 after moving into client administration and joined VALLA as finance and a client administration director in 2008. As a keen golfer he now tries to play a round of golf in every country he visits. With two young children he does not have much time to undertake other sporting activities but enjoys the sight seeing whilst driving his children to their social gatherings.

Peter Scull
Director

A member of STEP, the Institute of Financial Services and holder of an IAC from the Securities Institute, Peter has worked in the fiduciary services industry for over 40 years, focusing mainly on private client and family services. A keen sportsman actively participating in golf and involved behind the scenes in football, Peter also enjoys travelling, good food and wine shared with family and friends.

Charles Hotton
Director

Charles holds a BSC (Hons) in Financial Services, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years in private client wealth management and planning. Charles has particular experience in dealing with clients from the Far East and enjoys the technical aspects of planning and structuring for families to ensure their specific needs are met.

Away from work and family commitments, Charles enjoys a very active lifestyle which includes going to the gym, cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, photography and enjoying his collection of motorcycles.

Grainne McGinley
Director

A member of STEP and a qualified accounting technician, Grainne has worked in the financial services industry for over 18 years, specialising in private client and corporate real estate services.Grainne has particular experience in dealing with the sensitivities of family trusts and the dynamics that can arise from these. A keen cyclist, Grainne also enjoys travelling and walking with her dogs and if she has any spare time can be found watching rugby matches.

Nathan Petty
Director

A qualified member of STEP, Nathan has worked in the financial services industry for 20 years. Regularly away from the office on business, Nathan enjoys interacting and working with clients and advisors alike to build strong and lasting relationships. Away from work Nathan is kept busy at home with family commitments, but originating from Leicester always takes time to check on the progress of Leicester City and Leicester Tigers.

David Fitch
Consultant

David has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry and during his 23 years in Guernsey held senior positions with the offshore divisions of two FTSE listed banks. David achieved the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction in 2002 (Dip.IoD), and has assisted VALLA as a consultant since 2014 in a general business advisory and strategic planning capacity. David enjoys playing tennis, gardening and spending time with his family which he is able to do having retired from full time employment in 2014.

Hazel Turmel
Money Laundering Compliance Officer

Hazel has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years, predominantly in the trust and company sector. Since joining VALLA she now focuses on risk and is working towards a compliance qualification. Her outside interests include soft furnishings, art deco and interior design.

Alison Finn
Accounts Manager

Alison qualified as an ACCA in 2016 having worked in the finance industry in the trust and company sector for the past 15 years. Alison joined the company in 2009 and has been instrumental in running the sports and social club. Alison enjoys swimming, running, reading, food and wine.

Julie Blampied
Assistant Manager

Julie has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years and obtained her STEP diploma in 2003. She has a wide range of experience with various jurisdictions and structures. Julie is a keen walker taking part in many charity walks in Jersey and is currently the captain of the VALLA Pétanque team. She enjoys worldwide travel and has an extensive collection of scarfs and pashminas acquired from her travels.

Richard Poingdestre
Assistant Manager

Richard has worked in the finance industry for almost 40 years, in a variety of roles but predominantly in trust and company administration. Richard spends most of his free time with his family but is a keen golfer and likes to get out on the course when time (and the wife) allows. He also has a keen interest in food and drink and is a member of CAMRA. Other interests also include photography, travel, fishing and football (he has been a Leeds United supporter since he was 7 years old).

Curtis Chilvers
Trust Officer

Having joined VALLA in November 2014 after completing his A-Levels, Curtis has now finished his professional studies and is STEP qualified. Away from work, Curtis enjoys a very active lifestyle which includes going to the gym and playing football. He loves a physical challenge and regularly takes part in the Jersey Island Walk (48.1 miles) which raises money for local charities. As a die-hard Arsenal fan he was lucky enough to go to the 2014 FA Cup final which Arsenal won!

Julie Ann Doyle
Trust Officer

Jules began working in the finance industry 9 years ago, specialising in the private client sector, and will soon be studying for her STEP diploma. Outside of work Jules enjoys painting, usually portraits and wildlife, going to the gym and visiting Jersey’s beautiful beaches and restaurants.

Cameron Donaldson
Assistant Trust Officer

Cameron joined VALLA in November 2015 after a short period living in America after finishing A-levels. Outside of work Cameron is a competitive swimmer for Tigers and Jersey, competing in the 2013 and 2015 Island Games, winning gold and bronze medals in both games.

Abbie Wright
Assistant Trust Officer

Abbie joined VALLA in August 2016 after completing her A-levels and is currently studying for her STEP diploma. In her spare time Abbie enjoys travelling, going to the gym and walking the family dogs.