Serena has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, specialising in closed-ended property and private equity funds and fund administration over the last 18 years.
She is a non-executive director on the listed company board of Alpha Real Trust Limited in addition to various unlisted property and private funds and general partners. Serena was previously company secretary (and a director) of Assura Group, at that time a FTSE 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange, investing in primary healthcare property and ran Assura’s Guernsey head office.
Prior to working for Assura, Serena was head of Guernsey property funds at Mourant International Finance Administration (now State Street) for two years and worked for Guernsey International Fund Managers (now Northern Trust) for seven years where she sat on a number of listed and unlisted fund boards. In 2008, Serena co-founded Morgan Sharpe Administration Limited, a specialist closed-ended fund administrator which was sold to Estera, a leading provider of fiduciary and administration services in April 2017 and is now known as Estera Administration (Guernsey) Limited. Serena remains its managing director.
Melanie Torode has 20 years’ experience in the fund administration industry in closed-ended funds including private equity, property and mezzanine debt and is the Operations Director of Estera Guernsey (a third party fund and fiduciary administrator).
Prior to founding Morgan Sharpe in April 2008 (a fund administration company sold to Estera in 2017), Melanie was the Company Secretary of Assura Administration, overseeing the administration of listed property funds.
Melanie began her career at Guernsey International Fund Managers (now Northern Trust), on large private equity funds and European holding companies, moving to Mourant International Finance Administration (now State Street) where she spent more than two years concentrating primarily on listed property funds.
Melanie is currently a Director on a number of boards, including funds, general partners and associated Guernsey companies.