Elise Donovan Chief Executive Officer

Elise Donovan is the chief executive officer of BVI Finance and brings to the role wide-ranging work experience in Asia, North America, the Caribbean and Africa. Elise has played a major role in expanding and deepening the BVI’s financial services footprint in cities around the world, specifically in the Asia Pacific region, through strategic relationship building, conducting forums and seminars on the BVI’s financial services business, including at major financial institutions.

She previously served as Director and Asia Pacific Representative at BVI House Asia, EU/UK Representative and Director of the BVI London Office, and at BVI International Affairs Secretariat, the BVI Financial Services Commission and the BVI International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance), and a member in the BVI’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with countries such as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the Nordic countries.

She has authored numerous articles on the role of the BVI as a leading international finance centre.

Elise also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa and Columbia University in New York.

Elise Donovan is the chief executive officer of BVI Finance and brings to the role wide-ranging work experience in Asia, North America, the Caribbean and Africa. Elise has played a major role in expanding and deepening the BVI’s financial services footprint in cities around the world, specifically in the Asia Pacific region, through strategic relationship building, conducting forums and seminars on the BVI’s financial services business, including at major financial institutions.

She previously served as Director and Asia Pacific Representative at BVI House Asia, EU/UK Representative and Director of the BVI London Office, and at BVI International Affairs Secretariat, the BVI Financial Services Commission and the BVI International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance), and a member in the BVI’s Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with countries such as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the Nordic countries.

She has authored numerous articles on the role of the BVI as a leading international finance centre.

Elise also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa and Columbia University in New York.

Simon Gray Head of Business Development & Marketing

Currently head of business development and marketing, Simon is a senior financial services’ professional with strong international experience gained in the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as major experience in both public and in private sectors.

Combining an investigative background with 25+ years of first-hand experience of international financial services and product innovation and design, Simon has spent much of his working life in the private sector with senior roles including Baring Asset Management and Barclays Wealth. He has previously worked at the BVI Financial Services Commission as Special Advisor to the CEO and prior to that as Senior Advisor to the Securities and Commodities Authority in Abu Dhabi and as Director, Supervision (DFSA) within the Dubai International Financial Centre.

A prolific writer, published author and public speaker, Simon has a law degree and MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services.
Simon is also a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association. Simon sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute as a Board Member – the NAC covers the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Simon teaches post graduate diploma courses for the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in Corporate Governance and also Anti-money laundering.

Currently head of business development and marketing, Simon is a senior financial services’ professional with strong international experience gained in the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as major experience in both public and in private sectors.

Combining an investigative background with 25+ years of first-hand experience of international financial services and product innovation and design, Simon has spent much of his working life in the private sector with senior roles including Baring Asset Management and Barclays Wealth. He has previously worked at the BVI Financial Services Commission as Special Advisor to the CEO and prior to that as Senior Advisor to the Securities and Commodities Authority in Abu Dhabi and as Director, Supervision (DFSA) within the Dubai International Financial Centre.

A prolific writer, published author and public speaker, Simon has a law degree and MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services.
Simon is also a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association. Simon sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute as a Board Member – the NAC covers the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Simon teaches post graduate diploma courses for the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in Corporate Governance and also Anti-money laundering.

Wilma Blyden Chief Operations Officer

Wilma Blyden currently serves as the chief operations officer and is responsible for the operations of the company which includes Accounting, Office Administration, Information Technology and Human Resources.

Wilma is an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures that the company has resources to operate effectively and that systems and reporting procedures are in place to grow the company.

Her work includes, but is not limited to, preparing the short-term and long-term budget for the company to support the company’s strategic business goals, preparing the quarterly financial report for analysis for board meetings, supporting the Human Resources Subcommittee to ensure that all Human Resources and related functions are properly performed, creating training programmes to aid the professional development of staff and keeping the Executive Director informed of all critical issues relating to the reputation of the BVI.

Wilma has over 5 years’ experience within the financial services industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Law. She is currently pursuing the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management.

Fun fact: Wilma Blyden is a Christian author.

Wilma Blyden currently serves as the chief operations officer and is responsible for the operations of the company which includes Accounting, Office Administration, Information Technology and Human Resources.

Wilma is an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures that the company has resources to operate effectively and that systems and reporting procedures are in place to grow the company.

Her work includes, but is not limited to, preparing the short-term and long-term budget for the company to support the company’s strategic business goals, preparing the quarterly financial report for analysis for board meetings, supporting the Human Resources Subcommittee to ensure that all Human Resources and related functions are properly performed, creating training programmes to aid the professional development of staff and keeping the Executive Director informed of all critical issues relating to the reputation of the BVI.

Wilma has over 5 years’ experience within the financial services industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Law. She is currently pursuing the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management.

Fun fact: Wilma Blyden is a Christian author.

Adrianna Soverall Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator

Adrianna J Soverall currently serves as the Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator at BVI Finance. She is a multi-talented communications expert; creative, determined and passionate.

Her love for the arts makes her a ‘Jane of all trades’, with extensive experience serving in creative roles such as writer, producer and content creator to name a few. Throughout her career, Adrianna has been able to bring ideas to fruition and has a knack for bringing an ethos appeal to her campaigns and events which makes her a trendsetter. Adrianna prides herself in being a mom and enjoys traveling and cooking for loved ones in her spare time.

Adrianna J Soverall currently serves as the Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator at BVI Finance. She is a multi-talented communications expert; creative, determined and passionate.

Her love for the arts makes her a ‘Jane of all trades’, with extensive experience serving in creative roles such as writer, producer and content creator to name a few. Throughout her career, Adrianna has been able to bring ideas to fruition and has a knack for bringing an ethos appeal to her campaigns and events which makes her a trendsetter. Adrianna prides herself in being a mom and enjoys traveling and cooking for loved ones in her spare time.

Niekesha Mactavious Senior Administrative Officer

Niekesha Mactavious serves as Senior Administrative Officer and plays a pivotal role in supporting the CEO in her role to effectively lead and manage BVI Finance.  She is professional, has strong work ethics, excellent organisational, time-management and analytical skills, which make her successful in her role. She also supports the Marketing function within BVI Finance, serves on the Membersip sub-committeee, and assists with the undertaking of special projects to include the Globalisation 2.0 report and the new BVI Finance website.

Mrs. Mactavious brings a wide range of knowledge and work experience to the organisation from functioning in various key areas of business to include Marketing and Operations Management.

Niekesha Mactavious serves as Senior Administrative Officer and plays a pivotal role in supporting the CEO in her role to effectively lead and manage BVI Finance.  She is professional, has strong work ethics, excellent organisational, time-management and analytical skills, which make her successful in her role. She also supports the Marketing function within BVI Finance, serves on the Membersip sub-committeee, and assists with the undertaking of special projects to include the Globalisation 2.0 report and the new BVI Finance website.

Mrs. Mactavious brings a wide range of knowledge and work experience to the organisation from functioning in various key areas of business to include Marketing and Operations Management.

Kareem Ottley Administrative Officer

Kareem Ottley joined the BVI Finance team in July 2019 where he carries out the role of a junior Administrative Officer in Operations and Marketing. He is instrumental in assisting with the management of BVI Finance's social media platforms. Mr. Ottley is a graduate of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College 2020 academic year where he obtained an Associate's Degree in General Science.
Kareem Ottley joined the BVI Finance team in July 2019 where he carries out the role of a junior Administrative Officer in Operations and Marketing. He is instrumental in assisting with the management of BVI Finance's social media platforms. Mr. Ottley is a graduate of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College 2020 academic year where he obtained an Associate's Degree in General Science.