PAUL HARRISChairman and Director, F.C.A., T.E.P, Acc.Dir.
PAUL HARRIS F.C.A., T.E.P, Acc.Dir. (Chairman and Director), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a notary public for the Cayman Islands. He is registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 to serve as a director on regulated funds and other entities ‘covered’ by the law. Mr. Harris qualified with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in London before coming to the Cayman Islands in 1967 where he became the first British chartered accountant to take up residence and practice in the Islands. He was instrumental in setting up the Cayman Islands Company Managers Association (CICMA) and the Cayman Islands Directors Association, (CIDA), invited Cayman professionals to become founder members and was President of both for a number of years until 2015. He also introduced the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.) to the Cayman Islands which is run by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in Canada and encouraged members of CIDA to qualify under the program. The Acc.Dir designation is now accepted as the standard qualification for directors in the Cayman Islands.
He was also the CICMA representative on the Government Anti-Money Laundering Guide Notes Committee. He opened the first accounting office in the Cayman Islands for what is now Ernst & Young and later acted as Cayman correspondent for the international firm Ernst & Ernst. He founded International Management Services Ltd (IMS) in 1974.
In 2015 he was honoured by the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants (CIISCA) as a pioneer of the industry. He was one of the original founders in 1970 and the association has now grown to be the largest professional association in the Cayman Islands with approximately 1,000 members.