Helen Hatton


Helen is widely recognised as the prime architect of the modern Jersey regulatory regime. Helen retired as Deputy Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission in May 2009 having led the implementation of regulatory development in the island from its blacklisted state in 1999 to achieving one of the world’s best International Monetary Fund (IMF) evaluation results.

Specific milestones during this appointment included the introduction and implementation of an all crimes money laundering regime, an investment business regulatory framework for those who advise, manage and deal in investments, the trust company business framework and regimes for expert funds, money services businesses, fund functionaries and general insurance intermediary businesses.

In 2009, Helen established Sator Regulatory Consulting, merging with BDO, the fifth largest global professional services firm, seven years later. Her regulatory team undertook assignments for a range of international standard setting bodies, governments, regulatory authorities and leading financial services businesses, including the World Bank, IMF and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. BDO Sator was appointed independent Reporting Professional by the BVI Financial Services Authority in respect of the Mossack Fonseca Panama Papers scandal.

Helen stood down from her Sator MD role and BDO Group Chairmanship in November 2020, remains a shareholder in BDO Group and continues her involvement to assist on more complex regulatory matters.

Helen has established a private office from which she focuses on five overlapping areas of interest – regulation/GRC, investigation, intelligence/data transfer, education and wealth preservation. In pursuit of these interests her current appointments in addition to her role as voting member of JOIC,  include Advisor to the Jersey Financial Services Commission, directorships at Santander, Registry Trust, Noble Trust and Jersey Post International; she is a founder shareholder and director of the School of International Financial Services, shareholder and director of KnowYourCountry.com and Chairman of Central Associates, a leading intelligence, surveillance and investigations firm based in London.

Helen is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Banking Regulation, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Helen has been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Fraud Group and is a recognised international speaker on regulatory and compliance topics.