HSBC supports long-term staffer’s development

One of HSBC Cayman’s longest-serving employees has completed studies that will enable her to continue to progress in the bank.

Mrs. Vernie Watler-Harris, currently employed as a client account associate, graduated in July 2008 with an Associate of Arts (honours) degree in accounting from the University College of the Cayman Islands, following three years of part-time study.

Mrs. Watler-Harris, who has worked at HSBC for more than 20 years, received a scholarship from HSBC for the full course of study.

‘HSBC Cayman is committed to the training and development of all of its employees and has been proud to support Mrs. Watler-Harris in her studies. She has been a hardworking and loyal employee and we are certain that her valuable contribution to so many areas of the bank will only be enhanced through her new qualification,’ said the bank’s head of human resources, Walling Whittaker.

Mrs. Watler-Harris joined HSBC in Cayman in 1986 when it was known as Samuel Montagu & Company. She worked as a secretary in the insurance department.

In 1988, the company’s name was changed to Midland Bank Trust Corporation and Mrs. Watler-Harris was promoted to an executive secretary.

She also served as an assistant administrator in the Funds Department and was later promoted to assistant account manager.

Her progression through the company and her various promotions over the years were underscored by continuous educational pursuits. In 2005 she graduated from UCCI with a merit certificate in the Financial Services Foundation Certificate Course. Prior to that, she completed a mutual funds course at the then Community College of the Cayman Islands.

Mrs. Watler-Harris said: ‘Although sometimes there were challenges to working full time and studying, I was able to succeed in my course through the kind support of everyone at HSBC Cayman. This degree has prepared me for greater responsibilities at work and I look forward to even more training and new opportunities as I continue to grow with HSBC Cayman.’