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Networking dinner, Dubai

4 November 2021
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

PCD Club is delighted to return to Dubai on

Thursday 4 November at the Shangri La Hotel

The event is kindly sponsored by Gold Sponsors, Finance Isle of Man, with Creechurch Capital and EER Corporate Services as Silver Sponsors.

Further sponsorship opportunities are available, download a brochure here:

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Click here to see gallery and guest list from the November 2019 dinner, and the Dubai dinner in November 2018 click here.

The timings of the event will run as follows:

  • 17:30 Registration & Arrival. 

  • 18:00 Pre-Reception Panel Discussion on the topic of collaboration between private wealth advisors in the UAE and Isle of Man, more details below.  

  • 18:45 Networking Reception Commences.

  • 20:00 Guests Sit for Dinner.

We will commence the event with a panel event discussion looking at opportunities for collaboration between private wealth advisors in the UAE and Isle of Man from a variety of perspectives including Family Office & Trust, Pension Structuring and Insurance.   

We are delighted to be joined by:

Paul Blake - Head of Banking and Fiduciaries, Finance Isle of Man, Isle of Man.  Paul has over 20 years of experience across a range of Financial Services sectors including banking, legal and fiduciaries. Paul first came to the Isle of Man in 2001 with Lloyds Banking Group as a senior manager in their corporate banking team, responsible for a range of clients from SME’s to Multinationals both locally and internationally.

In the legal sector, Paul was Chief Operating Officer at two leading Isle of Man Law firms and was responsible for strategic development and driving operational excellence. Most recently, Paul was a Director at a boutique Trust and Corporate Service provider specialising in Yachting and UHNW clients. Paul has a degree in Politics from Staffordshire University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Paul currently works closely alongside the financial and professional services sectors in the Isle of Man to support growth and success as well as ensuring, in conjunction with business partners, that we promote the Island's highly professional financial services.

Miles Ashworth - Head of Private Wealth - Director, Creechurch Capital, Isle of Man.   Miles started his career in life assurance with Friends Provident International and has 15+ years’ experience in various roles within the wider financial services industry. In 2012 he joined Creechurch Capital as a Portfolio Manager with responsibility for managing client investment portfolios and has been a senior member of the investment strategy group and co-manager of the investment funds for 5+ years. 

In addition to his investment responsibilities and role as Head of Private Wealth, Miles is involved in the implementation of strategy at executive board level. Miles is a qualified investment manager and Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI). 

Hugh O’Donnell - Head of Equiom Fiduciary, Middle East, Dubai and Vice Chair of STEP Arabia.  Based in Dubai for over a decade, Hugh is responsible for running Equiom Isle of Man’s DIFC office and developing new private client business across the Middle East.  Hugh’s focus is on meeting the individual requirements of high & ultra-net worth individuals and corporations by offering them a full range of trust and fiduciary services. Hugh has over 20 years’ experience in wealth planning & fiduciary management with top tier private banks and trust companies throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Hugh holds an LLB (Hons), was called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). He also holds a Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management, acts as the Vice Chairman of STEP Arabia and is bilingual in English and German. 

Leonie Kerswill - Partner, Sanctuary, UAE.  Leonie is an ex-PwC London partner with extensive experience in advising individuals and their families on all aspects of their tax and financial affairs and working with them to develop and build structures designed to protect their businesses and other assets for the benefit of the family and future generations.

Leonie moved to Dubai with PwC in 2013 to offer similar advice to clients based in the region, and travelled extensively to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Now, as a Partner at Sanctuary, Leonie carries her extensive wealth of experience along with her, with her overall aim to give clients advice which, as far as possible, is straightforward, pragmatic, and simple to administer or execute.

Following the panel guests will join us for a drinks reception, followed by a networking dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to circulate and meet professionals from a variety of specialisms and locations, all of whom advise wealthy international families. PCD Club events are designed to aid networking and maximise business development opportunities in a relaxed and social setting.

The majority of the audience will be composed of private client lawyers, accountants, wealth managers, bankers and trust companies. Our goal is to make new connections between advisors based in key global financial centres. A full guest list will be provided to all delegates in advance of the event.

Click here to see gallery and guest list from the November 2019 dinner in Dubai.

New Covid policies and procedures:

Each guest will be asked to produce proof of a double vaccination or provide proof of a negative lateral flow test taken on the day of the event.  Guests will be temperature checked on arrival.

Hand sanitiser will be available, which guests will be encouraged to use on arrival and throughout the event.  

Handshakes will be discouraged at the event and contact details will be made available virtually, avoiding the need to exchange business cards.

Tables of 8 will be used (which would previously have held 10 guests) ensuring space between guests. 

If we have to postpone an event due to COVID restrictions, we will allow guests to rebook a future event in the same or another location without penalty within 12 months. 

Take a look here for galleries and guest lists from other locations for a flavour of how our events work.

If you have any questions or have any trouble with bookings please contact

View past guest lists:

November 2019

November 2018

Complimentary ticket (Fully Booked)
Guest ticket (Fully Booked)
Table of 8 (Fully Booked)
All prices exclude VAT and are represented in United States Dollars.
Major credit cards accepted
credit cards accepted


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