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Clive Damsell is a Private Client Director for First Names Group in Guernsey.

When dealing with private clients and overseeing the department, Clive applies a pragmatic sense of perspective to everything he does – bringing security and efficiency to the process. His relationships are built on solid foundations with a clear objectivity – no matter how pressured the situation. Clive has excellent technical knowledge and, more importantly, the ability to apply it appropriately.

Work hard and the rewards will follow

Clive’s career has been backed by multi-disciplinary education and experience. This allows him to advise a wide range of private clients on many diverse matters. He obtained a degree in accounting at Kent University before becoming a member of the Institute of Taxation, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Institute of Directors. Clive is ideally suited to the trust industry given his meticulous nature and determination.

Attracted to a working environment with like-minded people, Clive admires all his managers and administrators, praising their diligence and integrity. He enjoys managing three private client teams with Stuart Dowding and Fiona Corbet because they have complementary skill sets.


Clive’s love of learning extends into his private life – his taste in biographies ranges from politicians to pop stars – the only criteria being that they have made a dent in the universe.

A perfect evening would most likely be watching the sun go down over the sea from his balcony with his wife and two teenage children, and with a glass of good red wine.