The Absolute Team
Graham Powell, BSc (Hons), F.C.I.I.
Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Graham was a director of the largest captive insurance manager in Europe and of its sister fiduciary company from 1989 to 2015 during the course of which he gained a wealth of finance industry knowledge and experience. He joined Aon Insurance Managers (Guernsey) Limited (AIM), which is licensed under The Insurance Managers and Insurance Intermediaries (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2002, in 1979. During his time there AIM registered the first Guernsey Protected and Incorporated Cell Companies. Outside of insurance he was involved in one of the first migrations into the Island, the first amalgamation of two Guernsey entities and registered the first non-regulated Protected Cell Company.
Graham has spent 40 years working in the Guernsey finance industry and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner (FCII by examination) and he holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration (2.1) from the University of Bath. His key strengths include:
Regulatory and technical
Accounting and finance
Applications to the Regulator
In his spare time Graham is keen on charity events including walking from London to Brighton and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
John Robilliard, FCG, MA, CPE/GDL, BSc (Hons)
John has more than two decades' experience providing professional trustee and corporate administration services. Prior to establishing Absolute he was a Director of a small private fiduciary licensee for 2 years, prior to which he worked for one of the largest private Guernsey fiduciaries for 17 years holding various senior positions. John has also spent time at other fiduciaries as well as holding roles outside the finance industry and working in the UK.
John has assisted his global clients and their advisers with plans for their families' futures and wealth preservation, as well as business start-ups, property developments and rentals, and natural resource exploitation. He has a proven record of providing trusteeship, management, and governance to a very high and personalised standard. He particularly enjoys the feeling of 'family' that can be achieved with multi-generational planning and trusteeship and embraces the principles of "en bon père de famille"
While holding down his full-time job John also completed his Master's Degree, a Law Degree conversion, and gained Fellowship of the Chartered Governance Institute. His qualifications include a Master's Degree in Corporate Governance, the Common Professional Exam (Graduate Diploma) in Law, and a Bachelor's Degree (with honours) in Leisure Resource Management. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
John enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two kids and participating in water sports whenever possible and in 2019 the family kayaked down the Ardèche gorge.
Darren Wadley, LL.B (Hons), Int.Dip(Comp), Int.Dip(AML), F.I.C.A., A.C.S.I, C.A.T.
Darren has worked in the Guernsey finance industry since 1997 and is a skilled compliance, administration and regulatory professional with experience across the fiduciary, insurance and investment sectors. Darren held a number of senior positions in the industry, including Head of Legal and Compliance for the Guernsey branch of one of Europe's leading captive insurance managers where he was responsible for the compliance, risk management and company secretarial functions and sat as an advisor to the boards of blue chip owned companies. Before this Darren spent over 10 years administering complex trust and company structures, including international trading and captive insurance companies.
Darren is a Certified Professional and Fellow of the International Compliance Association, holding the International Diploma in Compliance and the International Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering, and an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. Furthermore, Darren is a Certified Accounting Technician and has a Bachelor of Laws from Nottingham Law School.
Darren is currently studying for the Chartered Insurance Institute's Diploma in Insurance and in his spare time Darren is studying Russian as a second language.
Elizabeth Landles, F.Inst.BA, Adv.Dip.BA, Cert.IoD
With more than 35 years' experience providing professional administration and services, Liz has also travelled extensively as part of her varied industry experience. Between 1997 and 2017 she was variously a Director, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary at several companies and their subsidiaries in the petroleum and energy sectors. Within her roles, Liz was responsible for establishing and running various worldwide offices and had HR responsibilities for more than 500 staff. Liz has also participated in listing some of these companies onto the London, Toronto and Australian stock exchanges and has complied with regular reporting obligations to the New York and Oslo Stock Exchanges.
Prior to joining Absolute, Liz was the group company secretary for an international group of fiduciaries for 2 years.
Liz is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Administration, holds the Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the Institute of Administration and Management and the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.