Carys Lelliott-Hayes

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Carys Lelliott-Hayes

Trainee Administrator | Mourant Governance Services (Jersey) Limited 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

My team mainly administers corporate stacks incorporated under fund partnerships for targets over various sectors. My typical day is largely dependent on deal status. For new incorporations, I prepare the due diligence pack for compliance onboarding and the ancillary documents required. For transactions, I attend the board meetings as Secretary representative, record it in our system and arrange any resulting JFSC filings or payments via the applicable banking platform. I work closely with other teams (compliance, accounts, finance, legal, operations) both in Jersey and with our Mourant colleagues in Hong Kong and London, intermediaries as well as with the client. 

How did you get your job? 

I started my application through a referral from my best friend. I was first interviewed by one of the HR team who made me feel extremely comfortable and gave me an insight into the company and the role. I then had a second interview with two client directors who described the core values and opportunities available at Mourant, which really resonated with me. After receiving the job offer, HR arranged an informal coffee chat with my team to ensure I had some familiar faces before I started. 

What are the most important skills needed for your role/job? 

Communication, collaboration and time management.  These three key skills enable myself and the team to provide the highest possible level of service to our clients.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role? 

There is no ceiling on learning, a lot of which I will do through experience in the role and the industry. I am also currently studying towards the second module of the Chartered Governance UK&I Level 4 International Finance qualification having passed the first with merit. Professional qualifications are optional in my role; however, I think it has helped to develop my skills and technical knowledge whilst still effectively managing my time between deadlines. 

What is the best part of your job? / What motivates you in this role? 

The opportunities to learn from my team and wider colleagues. When I started at Mourant, I had little to no knowledge or experience which was quite daunting. Now seeing where I am today, having developed professional relationships and being more capable in my role, is one of the most motivating factors by far.  

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?

I always thought a degree was essential to a successful career, so I went on to study a psychology degree after my A-Levels. I then realised this was not what I wanted to do but what I thought I should be doing. So, my advice as a school leaver would be to assess all options and make sure that you do what is right for you. The finance industry offers so many career opportunities for young people in Jersey and I wish it was something I had considered more initially.

What would you tell your younger self? 

That no decision is permanent and although scary, change can be a great thing if it’s what is right for you.

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