13 September 2023
The Government of Jersey has appointed Helen De La Cour Director of Financial Services.
Helen has been appointed, following a competency-based competitive recruitment, having been Acting Director since April 2023.
She was called to the Bar in 2009 and admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2012. Helen worked for a leading offshore law firm and more recently, Jersey Finance Limited, before joining the Government of Jersey in 2019.
Helen has worked in both the Financial Services Policy and Financial Crime Strategy Teams, providing broad experience of the policy and legislative agenda relevant to the financial services sector.
The Department for the Economy's Chief Officer, Richard Corrigan, said: "I am particularly pleased that this was an internal promotion. Helen was appointed following an open recruitment process in a competitive field, and she demonstrated that she was the best person.
"Helen brings continuity to the role. She already has an excellent track record, and I am sure will continue to make a significant contribution to the Government's support for the financial services sector."
As Director of Financial Services, Helen will lead the Financial Services Policy Team, which is responsible for delivering the policy and legislative framework.
She said: "Financial services are at the heart of the Island's economy, and the products that they provide – particularly in banking and investment – are vital for all Islanders and Island businesses. The role of the Financial Services Policy Team is to provide the environment to enable the sector to flourish, so that Jersey can remain a leading international finance centre, and Islanders can continue to access financial services products."
Originally from Bolton, Helen has been in Jersey for nine years and lives with her husband and son, who is at primary school. In her spare time, Helen enjoys reading, travel and going to the gym.