John Wood

Minerva Trust & Corporate Services appoints Jersey managing director

Jersey-based fiduciary business Minerva Trust and Corporate Services has appointed John Wood as managing director.

In addition to the day-to-day running of Minerva’s Jersey office, Wood will also be responsible for co-ordinating and working with the board to deliver a five year strategic plan for the business.
 
Wood (pictured) was previously group head of operations, a role he continues to contribute time with, liaising closely with the business’s international offices on all operations related matters.
 
Wood commenced his career in New Zealand and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 whilst working with Spicer & Oppenheim, specialising in small business advisory and taxation. In 1993 he moved to London where he spent eight years mixing between operations and finance within a wealth management house before moving to Jersey in 2001 to take on the role of chief financial officer at a local life assurance company.
 
He subsequently moved on to other challenges within the finance industry concentrating on finance based projects, operations, acquisitions and strategy. He followed this up with two and a half years as practice manager and compliance officer at a local law firm in Jersey before moving to Vistra as finance director in 2010.
 
Vipin Shah, chairman of Minerva, says: “John has a wealth of management experience and has made a valuable contribution since joining the firm in 2012. He is a welcome appointment from within our ranks and has underlined our commitment to promote talent from within rather than needing to look externally.”
 
Wood says: “I am really excited about the challenges ahead. We have a strong management team and people in place to enable us to deliver on our strategic goals. We remain a family owned business with core values that have stayed constant over the years and centre around our customers and people. It is great to be part of a truly independent, focussed and growing organisation.”

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