The Team

Office Team – here to help

Diane De Garis

Chamber President

Chamber’s President Diane de Garis was elected at the AGM in June 2022, taking over from Elaine Gray for a two year term.

Diane is a chartered accountant, running her own business, DNA, and has a degree in pure mathematics: ‘I absolutely love numbers.’ She sees Chamber as a pivotal part of the island community and its business sector. ‘There are so many aspects to Chamber that place it right at the heart of life here and I am passionate about Guernsey so that mixture is a perfect match.’

James Ede Golightly

Vice President

James Ede Golightly is executive chair at Oxehealth, ranked among the 150 most promising Digital Health start-ups globally, and cleantech materials company Oxeco. He is also a non-executive director at Nasdaq listed Silence Therapeutics.

James has over 20 years’ experience as an investor and director, initially as an investment analyst at Mercury Asset Management (now BlackRock), before co-founding Ora Capital Partners in 2006 to invest and partner with early stage growth companies.

Elaine Gray

Past President

Elaine Gray was President of the organisation from 2020-2022 – the first female president in the Chamber of Commerce’s 212-year history.

Elaine is a partner and head of the Carey Olsen Guernsey dispute resolution and litigation team where she advises both local and international clients on commercial litigation and employment, data protection, competition law and intellectual property (IP) matters. She is recognised as a leading lawyer in these fields and appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels in Guernsey.

She is past representative of the finance sector on the Population Employment Advisory Panel as representative of Guernsey’s financial service industry.

Laura McKerrell

Executive Director

Laura is the Director tasked with the day to day running of Chamber and its Business Development Centre. Recently returned to the island with her family, Laura’s background is in Publishing, having worked for 10 years in communications in London. As one of nine Chamber Executive Directors, Laura is the main point of contact for those visiting the Markets Inner Street premises and as the coordinator for lobbying, communications and engagement across the board.

Vardah Haider

Membership Engagement Executive

Vardah Haider has recently joined Chamber as the Membership Engagement Executive after moving to Guernsey from Pakistan in 2021. Vardah is tasked with managing the personal relationships between Chamber and its members.

You can contact Vardah at

Executive Teamdriving Chamber forward

Diane De Garis

James Ede Golightly

Elaine Gray

Rupert Dorey

Jane St Pier

Justin Bellinger

Justin Bellinger

Stephen Rouxel

Brooke Kenyon

David Ummels

“Chamber is entirely positive, collaborative and progressive – get involved.”