Our People

Our people are:

  • Self-reliant
  • Motivated
  • Expert
  • Professional
  • Committed to excellence
  • Great team players


We ensure that:

  • We recruit and retain the best people
  • Our people are accountable and responsible
  • Our people are given the tools to learn and develop through a strategic learning and development programme
  • Achievement and contribution are recognised and rewarded
  • We continually strive for ways to improve
Keith Corbin

Keith Corbin ACIB TEP

Group Executive Chairman

Keith is the Executive Chairman of Nerine International Holdings Limited - the parent company of all Nerine group operations in Guernsey, the BVI, Hong Kong, India and Switzerland.

Keith also serves as independent director of listed companies, regulated financial services companies and chairs a number of private company boards.

He has been named in the honours list in the leading trustees category by Citywealth magazine for 2012 and 2013. In the little time he has spare he’s a devoted father and grandfather and loves rugby.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith FCCA TEP

Group Finance Director

Robin is a Chartered Certified Accountant and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having completed his professional accountancy training with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in London.

Robin spent 13 years as the financial controller for the Havelet Group and a director of Havelet Trust Company (International) Limited before becoming a founding partner at Nerine where he is Financial Director for the group.

Robin has responsibility for all aspects of group financial control He was also involved in Nerine’s fund administration business and retains a directorship of a quoted Guernsey fund.

Robin is mad about basketball and coaches a Guernsey women’s team.

Mark Biddlecombe

Mark Biddlecombe LLB ACIB TEP

In-House Legal Counsel

Mark joined Nerine in May 2010 and was subsequently appointed to the Guernsey board and group board. Qualified as both a barrister and solicitor, Mark is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and has worked in the Channel Islands, Asia and London.
 
As Nerine's In-House Counsel he has devoted his career to looking after the interests of international high net worth individuals and their families.
 
Mark is passionate about both his family and Nerine's clients. He loves creative writing and golf and anything that allows him to exercise his competitive streak.
David Morris

David Morris Dip (ITM) TEP

Guernsey Client Services Director

David started his fiduciary career with Havelet Trust Company Limited in Guernsey in 1996, and later joined Nerine in 2001 as a senior administrator. Having been promoted through the ranks David passed the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioner's (STEP) Diploma in International Trust Management in 2008 and was appointed as a director in February 2013.

David’s extensive experience is reflected in the value he brings to Nerine's senior management team and the variety of key duties that he performs.

David's recently discovered love of fitness sees him at the gym regularly these days much to the surprise of his friends and family.

Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey LLB TEP

Guernsey Client Services Director

Jonathan qualified and practiced as a solicitor in England before moving to the BVI where he was admitted as a solicitor in Anguilla and BVI and became a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

He joined Nerine as the Managing Director of the BVI office in April 2013 and has considerable experience advising clients on BVI trusts, the use of VISTA legislation, private trust companies and for general succession of BVI company shares. Jonathan then relocated to Guernsey in July 2018 to join the board of the Guernsey office.

Jonathan loves watching and playing cricket and rugby.

Wayne Francis

Wayne Francis FCCA FCIS

BVI Managing Director

Wayne joined the Nerine BVI team in March 2007 having spent 10 years in the BVI financial services industry as a financial controller and also a short period as a compliance officer. He was born on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1995 Wayne is also qualified as a Chartered Secretary with The Chartered Governance Institute and was made a Fellow of the institute in July 2012.

He was appointed to Deputy Managing Director in April 2013, and was appointed as the Managing Director in July 2018.

Wayne enjoys music and movies and the occasional early morning stroll.

Melanie Ison

Melanie Ison Dip (ITM) TEP

Director, PraxisIFM Trust Ltd, Guernsey

Born and raised in Guernsey, Melanie started her fiduciary career in 1998 and moved to Hong Kong in June 2007 initially working for a large institutional trustee before moving to Nerine in March 2009.

Melanie held the position of Managing Director from 2014 to June 2020 and moved back to Guernsey in August to take up position as Director for the private client and corporate business. She works with a number of intermediaries and clients providing bespoke and tailored solutions on all aspects of estate and succession planning covering multiple jurisdictions.

She has written several articles for international publications, and was named in the Citywealth Leaders List in 2014 to 2019. Shortlisted in the International Finance Centres Power Women Top 200 List in 2014 to 2018 and shortlisted in the International Finance Centres Power Women Top 100 in 2019. Melanie was singled out for praise by Hong Kong interviewees in this year’s research for the Chamber High Net Worth 2020 rankings.

Gareth Corbin

Gareth Corbin Dip (ITM) TEP

Geneva Managing Director

Gareth established the Nerine Geneva office in 2005 and is the Managing Director of Nerine Fiduciaire S.A. He started his Nerine life in Guernsey where he gained the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioner's (STEP) Diploma in International Trust Management.

Gareth oversees the Swiss office’s operations and, with over 11 years of experience within the fiduciary industry Gareth acts as an independent protector and sits on the boards of numerous private trust companies and holding companies for both international families and corporate clients.

Gareth is also kept busy racing around after his young son.

Katja Daborn

Katja Daborn LLB (Hons), TEP, MICA

Hong Kong Director

Katja is an English lawyer and had previously worked as an in-house senior legal advisor to a publicly-listed recruitment company based in London specialising in employment law and data protection. She joined Nerine in October 2007 and, after completing various attachments to the Swiss and Guernsey offices, moved to Hong Kong in March 2008.

Katja was appointed as a director in July 2015. She manages a portfolio of clients, is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a professional member of the International Compliance Association (ICA). She speaks German, English and French.

Katja helps out at a rescue charity for cats and dogs and has two rescue dogs of her own.

Shekouba Sesay

Shekouba Sesay LLB LLM MICA

Guernsey Associate Director

Born in Sierra Leone, Shek studied in the UK completing his Law and Masters of Laws degrees and his Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Shek worked for various companies and law firms in London before moving to Guernsey.

In his compliance work, Shek reports directly to the board and is the Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Shek is a member of the International Compliance Association (ICA) with diplomas in International Compliance and Anti Money Laundering.

With a competitive streak a mile long Shek is rather partial to a frantic basketball game or 10.

Monika Freemantle

Monika Freemantle TEP, Dip Bus & Fin

BVI Trust Director

Born and educated in Jersey, Monika began her career in the fiduciary services industry over 30 years ago, initially undertaking her training in the commercial department of a Jersey international accountancy practice. Monika has since held a number of senior roles in Jersey in legal, bank owned and niche private trust companies before moving to the BVI in January 2016 to join Nerine, which was acquired by PraxisIFM in 2018.

Monika has overall responsibility for the BVI fiduciary services team, who work closely with high net worth international families, family offices and their advisors to establish and administer bespoke wealth management structures, holding both financial and non-financial assets, direct investments, global property portfolios, chattels, family business shares, off balance sheet debt and investment portfolios. Her role encompasses appointments to the Board of Regulated entities as well as other companies under administration. Monika enjoys dealing with complex family situations and developing solutions with clients and their advisors tailored to their individual needs. The team also provides Authorised Representative and other corporate services to BVI fund clients.

Monika is a Member of both the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has also gained the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

Petra-Marie Herbert

Petra-Marie Herbert

BVI Corporate Manager

Petra-Marie is Nerine BVI’s Corporate Manager and brings more than 20 years’ experience in the BVI financial services industry including seven years as a Senior Corporate Administrator of a large trust company in the BVI.

She is approved by the BVI Financial Services Commission as a Senior Officer and is currently working towards her Certificate in Management with the Chartered Management Institute and a Bachelor's degree with Ashworth College.

Petra enjoys travelling and spending time with her growing family - she's a mother of three and a grandmother of one with another on the way.