Key People

Robin Bigland IOMA Group Chairman
Biography
Robin Bigland IOMA Group Chairman
Founder and Chairman of the IOMA Group, Robin has been based on the Island since 1975 and was instrumental in pressing for insurance legislation and regulation leading to Isle of Man Insurance Management Limited (IOMIM) forming the island’s first registered captive insurance company in 1981.

Robin was at the forefront of the formation of the Manx Insurance Association and is a former Chairman. He holds a number of corporate directorships, is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Patron of the Institute for Pain Relief. Robin is a former Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Norway in the Isle of Man and was awarded the Knights Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in 1987.
Rupert Cottrell Non-Executive Director, IOMA and various IOMA Group companies
Biography
Rupert Cottrell Non-Executive Director, IOMA and various IOMA Group companies
During his City career, Rupert held senior positions in Cazenove and Co - now JP Morgan Cazenove and Hill Samuel Bank - now part of Lloyds Banking Group. He was also a founder and Investment Director of Buzzacott Investment Management taken over by Blackrock. Other notable positions include, Non-Executive Directorships of both PFI Infrastructure Company PLC (until its takeover in 2007) and Infrastructure India PLC until 2011, both of which are AIM listed. He was Chairman of the London Main Market listed Diamond Circle Capital PLC until 2013 and also a director of the first City of London Financial Regulator, FIMBRA (Financial Intermediaries, Managers and Brokers Regulatory Association) that now forms part of the FCA.

Rupert currently serves as Chairman of Arricano Real Estate, an AIM listed company operating shopping malls in Eastern Europe and is also a Director of a small number of other companies.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.
Vince Watkins Managing Director
Biography
Vince Watkins Managing Director
Vince was appointed Managing Director of IOMA, IOMA Horizons and Isle of Man Insurance Management in December 2017. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having qualified on the Isle of Man in 1982. He has many years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Vince was employed by the Hansard Global group of companies in the period from 1995 to December 2015 in a number of senior finance positions. He was latterly Chief Financial Officer of Hansard Global plc, having had a significant role when the company listed on the Main board of the London Stock Exchange in 2006.
Oonagh Walsh Chief Operating Officer
Biography
Oonagh Walsh Chief Operating Officer
Oonagh joined IOMA in February 2018 in a change management role, bringing to the business significant experience across many disciplines having worked in the offshore arena for over 30 years.

Her most recent role was Head of Investments & Trustee Services with Utmost Wealth, where she was a member of the Board of Directors of Utmost Trustee Solutions and Utmost Administration Ltd. In March of 2019 she assumed the role of Deputy MD and Chief Operating Officer for IOMA.
Brian Tonge Head of Finance
Biography
Brian Tonge Head of Finance
Brian was appointed head of finance of IOMA in April 2019. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, being admitted to membership in 1991.

Brian came to the Isle of Man to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1992. He has many years’ experience in the financial services industry including an earlier stint with IOMA as Group Accountant.

His most recent role prior to joining IOMA was as Financial Controller of Utmost Wealth Solutions (formerly AXA isle of Man Limited).
Adrienne Thompson Operations Manager
Biography
Adrienne Thompson Operations Manager
Adrienne joined IOMA in December 2017. She began her career in personal lines insurance before becoming a Chartered Insurer and moving into Offshore Financial Services. Adrienne has worked at both Canada Life International and Utmost Wealth before joining IOMA.
Anthony Rothwell Technical Support
Biography
Anthony Rothwell Technical Support
Anthony joined IOMA in April 2018 in a technical support role. He has over 35 years experience in the offshore life industry dating back to 1982, when the industry was in its infancy.

He was employed by Canada Life International between 1988 and 2018 in a number of positions which included Head of Technical Services.
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