First Names Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Pownall to its Jersey office. Mike joins the senior team as a Client Services Director.

With over 30 years in the industry, Mike is a seasoned finance professional who began his career in client account management for a leading British bank before moving into fiduciary services and gaining experience in both bank-owned and independent trust companies. Prior to joining First Names Group, he was director of a private trust company in Jersey. Mike holds the Diploma in Trust an Estate Practice from the Chartered Institute of Bankers (now IFS School of Finance), the ATT qualification from the Association of Taxation Technicians, as well as an Honours degree in Financial Services from the University of Manchester.

In his role at First Names Group, Mike will lead a team of skilled administrators in servicing a varied portfolio of international high net-worth and ultra-high net-worth private clients with complex multi-asset holding structures spanning a number of jurisdictions; while building and maintaining strong, enduring relationships with both his clients and intermediaries. Speaking about his appointment, Mike said: “First Names Group has a great reputation for its client service and I’m delighted to become part of such a fast-growing and people-focused organisation. I look forward to getting to know my clients and team, and to working closely with my colleagues to help grow the business both locally and internationally.”  

Mike will report to Deputy Managing Director of the Group’s Jersey operation, Andrew De La Haye. Andrew commented: “Mike has extensive experience in the fiduciary industry and in delivering superior client service; I am confident that with his skills and expertise he will prove to be a highly valuable asset to our business. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Mike to the team and I look forward to working closely with him going forward.”