Judith Watler was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 29 July 2014.
Ms. Watler has 30 years of experience in Regulatory and Compliance. She currently heads up Walkers Compliance and Regulatory Services which is a new business line for Walkers which provides AML services to clients to ensure that all clients are in compliance with the Cayman Anti-Money Laundering ("AML") / Counter Terrorist Financing ("CTF") requirements.
In 2017, Ms. Watler re-joined Walkers from Intertrust where she was the Group Regional Head of Compliance for the Americas, reporting directly to the head office in Amsterdam. She joined Intertrust in 2012 following the acquisition of Walkers Management Services (“WMS”). She joined the Compliance Department of WMS in 2005 and was promoted to Director of Compliance for all offices and services, globally, in 2009.
Prior to joining WMS, Ms. Watler worked at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority for approximately fourteen years. Before ending her employment with the Authority, she held the position of Acting Chief Analyst in the Investments & Securities Division, where she was responsible for the supervision and regulatory compliance of a portfolio of regulated entities and licence holders. During this period, she supervised and managed a team of Analysts and made significant contributions to the on-going assessment of the Cayman Islands regulatory regime by international organisations.
Ms. Watler received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Leo University. She also has a Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance; a Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA); the CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist) Professional Designation; FIBA AML Institute Certification; and is a Notary Public of the Cayman Islands.
Ms Watler was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority on 29 July 2014. She is currently the Vice President of the Cayman Islands Compliance Association. Over the past two years, Ms Watler sat on a number of Working Groups in relation to the National Risk Assessment and Working Groups formed to prepare for the 2017 CFATF assessment, which included making necessary updates to the Anti Money Laundering Regulations and Guidance Notes. Further, during the course of 2017, Ms Watler served as a consultant to the Ministry of Financial Services to assist with preparation for the CFATF assessment.