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Our Team

Who We Are

Our management and fiduciary teams are professionally qualified and are drawn from well-known names in the financial services industry including; KPMG, PWC, Ernst and Young, Deloitte,  Ogier, Close Brothers, UBS Fund Services, Dresdner Fund Administrators, Kleinwort Benson, Citco Fund Services, Walkers SPV, Maples Finance and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

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Paul Harris

Founder & Group Chairman, F.C.A., T.E.P, Acc.Dir.

PAUL HARRIS F.C.A., T.E.P, Acc.Dir. (Group Chairman), 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.

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Gary Butler

Managing Director & Legal Counsel, LL.B.(Hons), Dip.L.P.

GARY BUTLER, LL.B.(Hons), Dip.L.P. (Managing Director & Legal Counsel), a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a Solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales (non-practising, but holding a current practising certificate). Mr. Butler is a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands registered pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014. Mr. Butler previously also practised law in Scotland, Jersey and the Cayman Islands. Mr. Butler is employed as Managing Director & Legal Counsel and serves as a director on a limited number of boards of alternative investment funds and special purpose vehicles. Prior to joining IMS he was Legal Manager for the Close Brothers offshore group of companies across their Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man offices, advising on corporate, trust & fiduciary, investment fund and other ad-hoc legal matters. Prior to that, he was a Senior Associate with a top tier offshore law firm, working in their Business and Trust Law Group out of their Jersey office and has also worked in the formation of investment funds for a Cayman Islands law firm. His expertise is in the fields of corporate and fiduciary law, with an emphasis on offshore structures. He is currently a member of the executive committee of the Cayman Islands Directors Association (CIDA).

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Chris Bowring

Fund Director and Board Member

CHRISTOPHER BOWRING F.C.C.A, A.C.I.S, A.I.B., T.E.P., (Director), a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a fellow of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, an associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and a member of the Institute of Financial Services (formerly the Chartered Institute of Bankers). Mr. Bowring is a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands registered pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 and is also a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a founding member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association. He has over thirty years’ experience in the management of various entities including mutual funds, trusts and corporations in a number of jurisdictions, in particular the Cayman Islands. Mr. Bowring is a Director of IMS and serves as a director on the boards of alternative investment funds and special purpose vehicles. Prior to joining IMS he was the Managing Director of Fiduciary Trust (Cayman) Limited and director of Cayman Islands Securities Limited (a related brokerage company).

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Damien Austin

Captive Insurance, Private Clients and Board Member

DAMIEN AUSTIN, BSc, ACCA (Director, Captive Insurance and Private Clients), is a resident of the Cayman Islands and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. Mr. Austin gained his qualifications at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, majoring in Corporate Finance, Taxation, Auditing and Financial Reporting. Prior to joining IMS he spent 9 years with one of the largest providers of captive insurance services in the Cayman Islands. He managed a varied portfolio of Captive Insurance Companies, including single parent health care, SPCS’s, SPV’s, reinsurance entities and group captives. He was involved in all facets of the management of the captives, including the production of accounts, statistical analysis, liaising with all service providers and consultants and reporting directly to the board of directors. He has a sound and extensive knowledge of the regulatory regime covering captives both onshore and offshore. He is also experienced in the establishment and administration of offshore holding structures, such as trusts and other corporate entities. Mr. Austin currently serves as a Director of International Management Services Ltd and joined the firm in November 2014.

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David Acutt

Finance  Director

David Acutt, B.Com (Hons), CA (SA) a permanent resident of the Cayman Islands, is a member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Alumni of University of Cape Town and University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Mr Acutt serves on the board of International Management Services and its subsidiaries. 

Mr Acutt began his career at Deloitte South Africa, operating in audit and attaining the position of Audit Manager and Regional Head of Recruitment. Mr. Acutt spent terms around the globe with Deloitte; this included joining Deloitte Audit in Prague followed by a technical consulting role in Global IFRS & Offering Services (GIOS) Group in Toronto, primarily focused on technical accounting complexities of mergers and acquisitions.

 

Mr Acutt moved to the Cayman Islands to join the mutual fund audit team at Deloitte (Cayman), after which he joined client accounting department for The Maples Group primarily concentrating on preparation and review of financial statements of various mutual funds including UCITS, commodity pool operators, SPC's . Prior to joining International Management Services Ltd in 2016, he managed the finance and operations department at The Maples Group.

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Philip Cater

Fund Fiduciary, B.Com., C.A.

PHILIP CATER, B.Com., C.A., (Fund Fiduciary), a resident of the Cayman Islands has over 25 years’ experience in the mutual/hedge funds industry. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Auckland in 1984, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants and the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Mr. Cater is employed as a Senior Company Manager for International Management Services Ltd.(“IMS"), a firm engaged in the management of offshore corporations. Prior to joining IMS he was the Funds Controller and Legal & Compliance Officer for UBS Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd (1999-2003) responsible for over 400 funds valued at over $30bn, Managing Director of Dresdner Fund Administration (Cayman) Ltd (1996-1999), Project Accountant and then Joint Head of Middle Office (Quant Fund Risk Management) at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Ltd in London (1991-1996). Mr. Cater received his professional training with Ernst & Young in Auckland and the Cayman Islands.

 

Mike McDonald

CPA, CA, TEP, Acc.Dir,  (Fund Fiduciary)

MIKE McDONALD, CPA, CA, TEP, Acc.Dir, (Fund Fiduciary)  a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant and holds the Accredited Director designation granted by the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada. Mr. McDonald serves on the board of investment funds in the Cayman Islands and is a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands registered pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Act 2014. Prior to joining IMS, he previously worked for Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd  previously affiliated with KPMG) as a fund director where he specialized in providing trust, private wealth and corporate management services to companies, trusts, and related entities worldwide. Prior to Genesis Trust, Mr. McDonald was a Senior Manager with Fortis Prime Fund Solutions (Cayman) Limited where he led a team of fund accountants and was
responsible for calculating and reviewing net asset valuations. He started his career with KPMG and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Mr. McDonald is also a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association.

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Tim Woolaver

Fund Fiduciary, B.Acc., C.P.A., C.A., Acc.Dir.

TIM WOOLAVER, B.Acc., C.P.A., C.A., Acc.Dir., (Fund Fiduciary), a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant, has a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario, Canada, holds the Accredited Director designation granted by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in Canada and is registered as a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014. He is also a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants and a founding member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Mr. Woolaver serves as a director on the boards of alternative investment funds and special purpose vehicles. Prior to joining IMS in 2012 he was a Senior Vice President at Maples Fiduciary Services, from 2007 to 2012, where his primary role was to serve as a director of Cayman Islands investment funds covering a wide range of strategies and structures. From 2000 to 2007 Mr. Woolaver worked at Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Limited where he was a Senior Account Manager. From 1998 to 2000 he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Cayman Islands where he provided audit, business and advisory services to asset management and other financial services clients. From 1991 to 1998 he worked for an accounting firm in London, Ontario, Canada.

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Ebony Myles-Berry

Fund Fiduciary, BBA, EMBA, Acc.Dir.

Ebony Myles-Berry, BBA, EMBA, Acc.Dir, CIFD, (Fund Fiduciary), a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a Certified Investment Fund Director and a founding and executive committee member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Ms. Myles-Berry is a Professional Director registered in the Cayman Islands pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 and serves as a director on the boards of alternative investment funds and as a member on governance and advisory committees for investment funds and companies.  Ebony also serves as Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for several Cayman companies. Prior to joining IMS, she was a Vice President at Maples Fiduciary Services (Cayman) Limited where she served as a director for several years on a wide range of investment funds, including multi-manager funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and segregated portfolio companies. In addition to providing director services, she also specialized in providing fiduciary services to unit trusts and the administration of companies engaging in structured finance transactions, including structured note issues, CLO/CDOs and asset financing. Prior to that, she worked at Walkers SPV Limited as a Business Analyst and at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as a Treasury Analyst. 

Ebony holds the Accredited Director designation granted by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Canada, a Diploma in Fund Administration (Merit) from Manchester School of Business and is a Notary Public for the Cayman Islands.

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Karl O'Reilly

Fund Fiduciary, ACCA

KARL O’REILLY, ACCA, (Fund Fiduciary), a resident of the Cayman Islands, is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Mr. O’Reilly is a Professional Director registered in the Cayman Islands pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 and serves as a director on the boards of alternative investment funds and special purpose vehicles. He has nearly 15 years of experience in the alternative investment funds industry. Prior to joining IMS he was Vice President of Fund Governance with Citco Trustees (Cayman) Ltd. where he was responsible for the alternative investment funds and the structured finance portfolios, and previously was Senior Team Manager with Admiral Administration Ltd. (Maitland Group) where he was responsible for the delivery of fund administration services to a diverse group of hedge funds. Mr. O’Reilly commenced his career in the Cayman Islands with KPMG auditing alternative investment funds and banks.

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Sean Inggs

Fund Fiduciary, B.A., LLB, Acc.Dir, Attorney (South Africa)

SEAN INGGS, B.A., LLB, Acc.Dir, Attorney (South Africa), (Fund Fiduciary), is a resident of the Cayman Islands and is a qualified Attorney with a background in corporate and investment funds. Sean is a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands registered pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014, is a member of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and serves as an independent director on the boards of hedge funds, private equity funds, FinTech and other investment companies. 

Sean has 15 years of experience in the finance industry spread across Cayman, Jersey (Channel Islands) and South Africa. Prior to joining IMS Sean was a Senior Manager at Aztec Financial Services (one of the leading offshore fund administration providers) where Sean administered a complex and varied portfolio of fund structures. Prior to joining Aztec, Sean spent nine years in private practice with top tier onshore and offshore law firms.

Sean has advised on the offshore implementation and restructuring of acquisition and investment structures for various industry and institutional clients, including investment funds, real estate structures, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture structures and IPO transactions. Sean has had significant exposure to corporate governance issues and has advised high net worth, institutional and corporate clients on governance matters and has advised directors in their personal capacities.

Sean commenced legal practice in 2005 in the Johannesburg office of Fasken Martineau.

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Ruan van Vuuren

Fund Fiduciary and Private Cients, CA, CAIA, Acc. Dir, CFE

Ruan van Vuuren, a permanent resident of the Cayman Islands, is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and holds the Accredited Director designation granted by the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (formerly ICSA Canada). Mr. Van Vuuren serves on the board of investment funds in the Cayman Islands and is a Professional Director in the Cayman Islands registered pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014.

 

Prior to joining IMS, he was a Chief Analyst in the Investments Supervision Division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) where his role included review and approval of various fund registrations, supervision of liquidations and de-registrations, consulting on new regulatory requirements, providing guidance on industry queries to fund directors and trustees, leading risk analysis of funds and licensees, managing a team within the inspection division and managing projects to fulfil new fund requirements including the AML Officer regime.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he worked on the audits of a large and varied portfolio of hedge funds, PE funds, real estate and structured finance vehicles. Mr. Van Vuuren also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner designations.

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Michael Crothers

Corporate Secretary, MsC, LLB, ACIS, MICA (Corporate Governance Professional)

Michael Crothers, MsC, LLB, ACIS (Corporate Governance Professional). Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Ulster before completing a Master’s degree in Management and Corporate Governance at the same institution. Michael is also an associate member of the ICSA - The Governance Institute and a professional member of the International Compliance Association (ICA) and has completed the ICA International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering.  Prior to joining IMS, Michael worked in the Channel Islands for a large multinational corporate services provider and was part of the team responsible for launching their escrow services line.  Michael also provided administration services to a large portfolio of clients and was involved in anti-money laundering matters for the same. 

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Lorraine Perkins

Fund Accountant/ Fiduciary, FCCA, MBA.

LORRAINE PERKINS, FCCA, MBA. (Fund Accountant/ Fiduciary), she has a Masters in Business Administration from International College of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands. Prior to joining IMS she was a Mutual Fund Account Manager with CIBC Bank & Trust Cayman Limited, where she was responsible for fund administration services for a portfolio of funds. Miss Perkins commenced her career in the Cayman Islands with Financial Integrated Services Limited as an Accountant.

Arun Abraham

Fund Accountant, B.Bus, CPA., CAIA, CAMS

ARUN ABRAHAM, B.Bus, CPA, CAM, CAMS, (Fund Accountant), a resident of the Cayman Islands, and is a U.S. Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with audit and fund accounting experience. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from York University, Toronto. Prior to joining IMS in 2016, he worked as a Fund Accountant with a well-known Cayman fund administration company where he was responsible for fund administration services for a portfolio of funds, Mr. Abraham previously worked with PWC in their fund audit division.  Mr Abraham also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Certified  Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designations.

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