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Alison Parry


Guernsey is my home, and though I love travelling the world, Guernsey really is where my heart is


Alison is Managing Director, Trust & Corporate, at Legis Group in Guernsey


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How did you get where you are? With hard work, luck and lots of laughter along the way! I’m very fortunate to have formed many close friendships over the last 20 years, working with fantastic people in the offshore trust and corporate industry. I trained with Coutts & Co and moved to an international banking institution where I headed a team providing offshore structures for high- value international clients, with a focus in North America. I joined Legis Group in 2008 from Barclays Wealth, after a secondment in Hong Kong, to run the Guernsey fiduciary operation. I’m passionate about what I do and I recruit similarly minded people, who are keen to challenge themselves and pursue excellence.


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Roger – he is my rock, my ‘safe place’ – and my diary! Also on the list are family, friends, barbecues, flowers, fireworks, dark chocolate, a rucksack, flip-flops, good food, wine, a potato peeler, sun lotion, Christmas trees and my guitar.


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What is your favourite quote? ‘’So you don’t know the way to France either… Bugger!“ from Blackadder II. It reminds me of the 2009 charity Rust Bucket Rally. My husband Roger and I drove 2,800 miles around Europe in a £400 Nissan Almera dressed as pirates. We didn’t have SatNav, and every day we’d spend the first hour driving in circles, lost. Pitching a tent at the base of Mont Blanc using the car headlights after a nine-hour drive in October was an unforgettable experience.


Complete this sentence: I couldn’t live without…?


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Guernsey is my home, and though I love travelling the world, Guernsey really is where my heart is. There is great community spirit on the island, with fantastic beaches, and of course many fantastic restaurants. You can’t beat the sunsets off the west coast of the island.


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For me it can be many things: boating or boarding; anything that takes me to the great outdoors, to Guernsey’s sandy beaches, walking the rugged cliffs; or pottering in my back garden. I love relaxing with a good book, swimming, cooking and entertaining with friends and family – and driving my VW Beetle.


What was your most memorable travel experience?


This is a great question. Travel is a real passion of mine and something I really do enjoy. My son Nick has been my travel companion for the last 21 years and our adventures have taken us across the world, so I have many memorable experiences to recall. In no particular order, some of my favourites were diving in Borneo, snowboarding in Europe, coasteering in South Wales, penguin watching in Australia, canal boating through France, swimming with stingrays in Cayman, driving through America and eating 100-year-old eggs in Hong Kong. But my favourite vacation and travel experience is much closer to home: it was spent in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, at the end of the day, the two of us drinking mugs of hot chocolate sat outside a tent on Herm Island.


Why Guernsey?


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