Key changes have been announced to the Channel Islands tax team at KPMG in the Crown Dependencies. The changes see respected tax expert John Riva moving to a new role as Head of Tax with the KPMG Islands Group (KIG), in addition to becoming a member of the KPMG Tax Steering Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa, with Tony Mancini taking on the position of Head of Tax for the entire Crown Dependencies firm.

Well-known in the local tax community, John’s move coincides with his 25th anniversary of being a partner with KPMG, during which time there has been continued growth at the firm, not least the significant merger with the Isle of Man firm in 2021, creating a professional services business of almost 500 people serving the three islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man. The Crown Dependencies firm is a part of KIG, a sub-region of KPMG, and includes a number of financial service centres such as Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Malta, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, BVI, and a number of other Caribbean islands.

As John dedicates his time to KIG, Tony Mancini will assume ultimate responsibility for the tax function across the whole of the Crown Dependencies. From his base in the Guernsey office, Tony will drive the firm’s tax strategy with a strong focus on trust, consistency and quality. As a Chartered Tax Adviser and former HM Inspector of Taxes in the UK, Tony has been advising multinational businesses and high net worth individuals on UK, Guernsey and international tax issues since 1991.

Paul Eastwood will take on full responsibility of the Jersey tax operations. Paul has been advising on tax matters since 1998 in a mixture of roles and was previously the Deputy Comptroller of Taxes for Jersey, with responsibility for domestic tax policy and international tax matters. In the Isle of Man, Robert Rotherham continues in his role as Tax Partner, leading the local tax team.

John comments, “With Tony at the helm of the Crown Dependencies tax function, and Paul and Rob leading the Jersey and Isle of Man operations respectively, the team is well placed to continue to grow and play an important part in executing KPMG Global’s Collective Strategy. I wish the whole tax team all the very best for the future”.

Reflecting on his new role, Tony comments, “This is an extremely interesting time for everyone in tax, with continued OECD initiatives and increased compliance regulations affecting the islands. Our clients may be concerned about these possible changes and we are in a great position to help them understand what it may mean to them. I’m excited at taking on the new role and playing a leading part in the future growth of the firm”.