Charlotte Valeur 

A recognised leader in corporate governance and champion of board diversity known for her direct approach and extensive experience in finance and as a non-executive director, Chair and trained mediator. So what do boards of the future need?

Elaine Gray

Elaine is a partner and head of Carey Olsen’s Guernsey dispute resolution and litigation team. She advises both local and international clients on a range of dispute resolution and litigation matters including trust disputes, fraud and asset tracing matters, banking and finance litigation, regulatory, employment, data protection and intellectual property (IP) matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey. Elaine is a member of both the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

Mark Wickman 

Author of The Family Business Teeter Totter, Marks engaging style will explain his thoughts on why so many family businesses fail as they transition inter-generationally? You gain useful tools to help you understand why communication and relationship are THE key contributors to the success or failure of your family business as it strives to thrive!

Jeremy Swetenham 

Jeremy’s “university vision” is to create an academic and cultural environment for Jersey that attracts the best and most creative, and makes knowledge an export industry. Jeremy has interviewed people who have been clients of resolution processes to give an independent perspective.

Jane Gunn

In a culture of collaboration, the relationship is as important as the contract, and differences and issues can be viewed as opportunities to renegotiate the relationship with optimism instead of fear. A chance to hear this fascinating and entertaining speaker.

Debs O’Dea

We don’t change the hands of the nurses or Dr’s, we change the support they give their colleagues. Find out how this supports her work within large teams drawing on her extensive experience as HR Director, past Chair of the London HRD Network and leader within the health service.

Craig Cathcart

Craig is an academic lawyer, mediator and dispute resolution specialist and stand up performer. Bringing together his knowledge and humour to share his experience and anecdotes of ‘messy conversation’.

Adrian Hughes

A leading counsel and arbitrator with a broad international and UK construction and commercial practice. He focuses on complex contract disputes spanning a wide range of sectors, including construction and engineering, energy, international trade, shipbuilding, transport and professional negligence.

Rob Appleyard

Contributor to BBC1 Rogue traders and renowned expert witness , Rod will share his humorous and salient learnings gained from 30years at the sharp end!

Caroline Dutot

A local lawyer and advocate for the use of ADR, Caroline will share her knowledge on inclusion of the ADR clause in contracts and how they save time, money and protect reputations.

Simon Silbernagle

With a background in major commercial construction and civil engineering holding roles at senior operational, commercial and advisory roles Simon will share his views on the ADR clause and how it ‘saves’ contracts and contractors.


Karin Walker

Karin Walker has practised exclusively in the area of family law since 1988. With her wealth of experience, she is dedicated to bringing value to clients as they move their lives into the future, while reducing cost and acrimony.



Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith has over 25 years’ experience as a specialist family law barrister, dealing with all types of financial remedy proceedings following relationship breakdown.




Douglas Melville

Douglas Melville is the inaugural Principal Ombudsman and Chief Executive of the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman (CIFO) which resolves disputes arising from the provision of retail financial services in and from the international financial centres in the Channel Islands. 


Keith Kelliher

Keith Kelliher is the owner of Kelliher and Associates Quantity Surveyors a quantity surveying and dispute resolution consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

Keith is a Quantity Surveyor by profession who specializes in construction and commercial dispute resolution. Keith is the current Chair of the CIArb Ireland Branch having previously held the positions of Vice Chair, PRO, Education and Training officer and Chair of the YMG.

Sean McGonigle

As a newcomer to Jersey Sean has had to adapt to a very different environment and culture to his long experience working in local Government in Manchester. He has been pleasantly surprised by the breadth, depth and quality of the third sector on the island whilst being bemused by a shortage of collaboration and partnership working. Using his extensive experience working in inner city Manchester he will espouse the benefits of joined up, collaborative partnership working whilst always being mindful of the Jersey context.


Wayne Bulpitt

Wayne Bulpitt founded the Active Group Limited in 2002 and has over 35 years’ experience of business leadership in banking and investment administration services.


Matthew Thompson

Matthew Thompson has held the position of the Master of the Royal Court since September 2013.  Prior to that he was a lawyer involved in many different kinds of civil litigation disputes, initially as an English Solicitor for 4 years and then in Jersey from 1993 until 2013.

Gailina Liew

A professional independent director and executive director of the Jersey Policy Forum think tank, Gailina is known for engaging a wide spectrum of people in different conversations, deepening the evidence base and bringing a diversity of stakeholders together to explore public policy issues.  Gailina is a lawyer, former biotech entrepreneur and CIArb accredited mediator.