Name: Esperance Marais
Title: Manager – Corporate Services
Where do you live: I was in Jersey but Gateway took me to Cape Town
“An invaluable experience which fostered really beneficial relationships between the jurisdictional teams”
How did Gateway work for you?
Starting off, I was actually at a medium sized audit firm in South Africa and had made the decision to move Jersey to increase my financial services experience in a well-known offshore jurisdiction. At the time, some of my audit clients were administered by JTC and so I regularly had to work with JTC’s Corporate Division. I was always impressed with not only the their level of professional client care but also their friendly approach and sense of team.
The experience made me think about working within a similar dynamic culture and when the position for a Manager in the JTC Jersey office came about, I jumped at the opportunity. I was also aware of the Gateway programme and that as JTC has a Cape Town office, there was the possibility of staying with the Group but being able to transfer back.
Prior to joining the corporate team in Jersey, I was also in a fortunate position to have been seconded to the Finance department for five months which provided invaluable experience in understanding the bigger Group picture.
A role back in the Cape Town team soon became available and the Gateway initiative meant that I was able to take up the opportunity. I was extremely happy to be able to remain with JTC.
How did JTC support you in all of this?
I had a huge amount of encouragement and backing from my line managers in both jurisdictions who each took the time to help with any questions I had about the transfer. Additionally, the operational teams who helped facilitate the move provided such support every step of the way.
How did your family and friends feel about your move?
As I lived in Jersey for four years, my friends and family (especially my mum) were really delighted to have me back home!
What were your lessons learnt along the way?
Always be open to new experiences and challenges.
Why do you think the international experience that Gateway offers is important?
Career and personal growth. You get to meet people in different jurisdictions, understand their roles and remits and of course build on your network within JTC and beyond.