CISI Guernsey branch annual dinner 2019 – The Meaning of Liff

John Lloyd, co-author of The Meaning of Liff and producer behind iconic shows like QIBlackadder, Spitting Image and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, was guest speaker at the event, held on 1 February 2019 at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, Guernsey

John Lloyd drew from his Meaning of Liff book for the after-dinner speech, and shared some interesting insights with over 180 guests about why complaints to the BBC can sometimes be a good thing. 

Guests contributed over £2,100 in aid of two charities: the Guernsey Army Cadet Force and the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief. The Guernsey Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation, sponsored by the army, that provides training in military, challenging, adventurous and community activities. The Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief provides assistance to cancer sufferers and their families.

CISI Guernsey branch president Paul Garrard, Chartered FCSI said: "it was a very enjoyable evening for everyone, we loved the interesting and amusing insights to the life and times of a comedy writer and producer that John Lloyd shared with us. We are also delighted to raise over £1,000 for each of our two guest charities this year.”

Some of the top table guests were: Fionnuala Carvil, Chartered FCSI, CISI Guernsey branch committee member; Paul Smith, chair of the executive committee, Guernsey Investment Fund Association; Adele Perrot, chair, STEP Guernsey; Oscar Pearson, toastmaster; Paul Hodgson FCSI, chair, Guernsey Association of Trustees; Sara Bourne, chair, Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, Guernsey Council; Peter Atkinson, chair, Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief; Douglas Melville, principal ombudsman and chief executive, Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman; Debbie Smith, president, Guernsey Society of Chartered & Certified Accountants; William Mason, director general, Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO & director, The International Stock Exchange; Mark Bright, chairman, Association of Guernsey Banks; Michele Dorey, MLRO sub-committee member, Guernsey Association of Compliance Officers; Niall Husbands MCSI, incoming president, CISI Jersey branch; Erin Bisson, vice president, Channel Islands Actuarial Association; Sean Petralia, instructor, Guernsey Army Cadet Force; Jeanette Hart, vice principal, Guernsey College of Further Education; and Grant Wilson, chief investment officer, Asset Risk Consultant.

The Silver sponsor for this event was First Trust; and Bronze sponsors were ARC; Midshore; and Ravenscroft, without whom it would not have been possible. If you would like to support future dinners, please contact

Published: 28 Feb 2019
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