Phil Austin MBE
Phil was appointed to the Board in May 2016 and took over as Chairman in February 2019. Most of his career was in banking with HSBC in London and, ultimately, in Jersey where, from 1997 to 2001, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the Bank’s business in the Offshore Islands. In 2001, he became the founding CEO of Jersey Finance, the body set up as a joint venture between the Government of Jersey and its Finance Industry, to represent and promote the Industry at home and abroad. In 2009, he took on a portfolio of non-executive directorships, consisting of both public and privately-owned businesses. Phil is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. In October 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business from the University of Plymouth and in January 2016 an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Phil is currently also a non-Executive Director of City Merchants High Yield Trust Ltd and Chairman of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Investment Trust plc, both publicly listed companies.