Caymanian lawyer steps up corporate ladder

| 11/02/2010

Cayman Islands news, Grand Cayman business news, Walkers Cayman Islands(CNS): Local law firm Walkers has named Caymanian attorney Lesley Connolly as the new Senior Vice President for Walkers Corporate Services Limited, a leading provider of offshore corporate services in the Cayman Islands. Walker says that in her new role, Connolly will have ultimate responsibility for managing the operational activities of the company and establishing a strong and highly effective team with the aim of enhancing the company’s competitive position and achieving its strategic objectives. A release from Walkers says that Connolly has been part of the Walkers Group for the past seven years, and that the firm sponsored her legal education.

Prior to stepping up as SVP, she worked as an Associate in the law firm’s Litigation Department, specialising in Trust Disputes, with previous postings as Assistant Operations Manager and Training Officer. Before joining Walkers Lesley obtained a Master of Science Degree in Hotel & Foodservice Management and worked as a Human Resource Manager for a large hotel.

Connolly was sponsored by Walkers throughout her legal education, obtaining her LLB with first class honours at the Cayman Islands Law School, where she was awarded the Sweet Maxwell Law Prize and her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, which she passed with Commendation. After undertaking her Articles with Walkers, Connolly was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands in April 2009.

"The combination of Lesley’s legal skills as well as her strong operational and HR Management expertise will make her an invaluable member of our team as we continue to roll out our suite of new and innovativeservices," commented Nancy Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Walkers Global Holdings Limited. "We are delighted that Lesley has decided to make the switch from the legal side to join us and we are particularly proud to say that the staff of Walkers Corporate Services is 100% Caymanian."

"I am extremely excited to be starting with Walkers Corporate Services and overseeing the next stage in its development and the further expansion of its operations," Connolly said. "Due to its enhanced range of services, high quality team of professionals and value proposition, Walkers Corporate Services is recognised for providing its clients with a compelling offering."

Walkers Corporate Services has recently introduced a number of innovative, leading edge products and services which have cemented its reputation as the premier provider of offshore corporate services in the Cayman Islands.

In December 2009, the new ‘Second Generation Web Portal’ was launched by Walkers Corporate Services to provide clients with 24/7, secure global online access to all key corporate documents and information. This innovative client service tool includes intuitive search features to instantly retrieve statutory documents, agreements, board minutes and resolutions. Other features include pre-defined, frequently requested reports, billing information analysis and contact information.

Also recently added to the group’s product suite is Walkers Corporate Services’ new ‘Board Support’ feature. ‘The Boardroom’ allows board meeting attendees to directly download ‘Board Packs’ anywhere in the world at any time, rather than relying on email for the delivery of large files. Minutes can be uploaded directly after the conclusion of the meeting, while enhanced permissions and real-time updating ensures that the right individuals receive the correct documents at the right time.

"We have had a really fantastic response from our clients to the new products and the enhancements we have made to our service which clearly distinguishes Walkers Corporate Services from the competition," Lewis said. "We are all very excited about the coming year for the business and I am extremely confident that under Lesley’s leadership we will achieve even greater heights."

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  1. Young Caymanian says:

    Congrats Les!! You are a great inspiration!!


  2. Anonymous says:

     All young people  take note……..

    If you work hard at school and university, show willing in the workplace, be prepared to start at the bottom of the ladder and prove to yourself and your employers that you are a worthy employee you will eventually be offered a top position within the company.

    How do you think the "top earning expats" got where they are?  They certainly didn’t walk into the position they are in straight from college/university.  They did exactly what Ms Connolly has done worked hard and proved themselves.  

    Note:  The average age of the expats here is around 40 – 50 years old.  The majority of them have earned their place within the company by working their way up the corporate ladder for the past 15 – 20 years.

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  4. Anon83 says:

    Congratulations to the very Caymanian Leslie Connolly nee Chisolm!!!

  5. Caymanian says:

    How Caymanian she is? Her Dad is a Chisolm from Northside, i don’t think you get much more Caymanian than that! LOL! Congrats Lesley, im sure you will do us all proud! Great job and keep up the good work! REPRESENT!!

  6. CaymanLover says:

    Congratulations Ms Connolly!  This is an amazing accomplishment and no doubt you have worked hard to achieve it.  You are a shining example of dedication, hard work and brilliance!  Best of luck in your new position.

    p.s. hopefully my post makes it in first before the slew of negative comments about how ‘Caymanian’ you are (or are not)!!