John Harper qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 and a Chartered Secretary in 1976. He is now a Fellow of both Institutes.
Following ten years working in private practice in Jersey, he successively became Finance Director of two of the largest commercial groups in the Channel Islands. After a period of self-employment as the first practicing Chartered Secretary in the Channel Islands, Mr Harper became Managing Director of Trident Trust Company Limited, a position he held for eleven years.
He then spent the next six years as Managing Director of Appleby Trust (Bermuda) Limited followed by a further two years in Mauritius as Managing Director of Mauritius International Trust Company (“MITCO”). He is now self-employed as a Consultant to the Offshore Finance Industry.
Mr Harper was one of the founder members of the Jersey branch of STEP serving for six years as its Honorary Treasurer. He has also been Honorary Secretary of the Bermuda branch. After having served for a year on Council, he was elected Treasurer of STEP Worldwide in December 2001, a position which he held until 2006.