Volaw Group’s Managing Director, Robert Christensen, has announced his retirement from the end of 2016 and the appointment of his successor, who will take up post from 1 January 2017.

Following a rigorous recruitment process Volaw’s board has selected Mark Hucker to be Volaw’s next Managing Director, subject to approval by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

Robert Christensen was appointed a director of Volaw upon its foundation in 1982 and became Managing Director in 1988 and has overseen the growth of Volaw to become one of Jersey’s leading owner-managed trust and corporate services businesses. He is a leading figure in Jersey’s finance industry, having been instrumental in establishing Jersey Finance Limited, the promotional body for Jersey’s finance industry, which he currently chairs. In recognition of Mr Christensen’s contribution as Chair of Cancer Research UK in Jersey spanning over 20 years, he was honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for 2015 by being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Mr Christensen is leaving Volaw to pursue an opportunity outside of the financial services industry whilst remaining in close contact with Volaw and some key clients.

Mark Hucker was born and educated in Jersey, where he has spent the major part of his career, gaining more than 20 years’ experience in the offshore financial sector. He is a chartered accountant with deep experience in the fund and investment management sector as Managing Director of Strategy and Operations for Ermitage Asset Management, before he took a role as Managing Director of Key Trust Company. Moving to Standard Bank Jersey, Mr Hucker became Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Offshore Group, covering its offices in Jersey, the Isle of Man and Mauritius.

Commenting on Mark Hucker’s appointment, Robert Christensen said: “Mark’s varied career with a number of senior roles in different sectors of Jersey’s finance industry makes him an excellent choice to be Volaw’s next Managing Director. He has proven experience in developing strategic vision and execution on corporate goals and he shares the ambition of Volaw’s board to drive Volaw’s growth more swiftly during the next five years.” Ian Strang, Chairman of Volaw Group, added: “We are delighted that Mark will be joining us to spearhead Volaw’s next phase of growth and expansion.”

Mark Hucker commented: “I am delighted and honoured to join such a fantastic business as Volaw. This is an exciting era with great opportunities and my aim is to build on the Group’s considerable success. I relish this opportunity to grow the Volaw business over the coming years.”