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STEP appoints new chair

British Virgin Islands-based private client practitioner Hélène Anne Lewis TEP has been named new chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the international body for practitioners in estate planning.

5 November 2012

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Lewis is the first member from the Caribbean region to be elected to the role. She succeeds UK-based chair Michael Young, who has held the position since 2009.

Lewis has practised law in the BVI since 1990 and founded Tortola-based SimonetteLewis in 2007. She became a STEP member in 2000 and served as chair of the society’s BVI branch from 2003–2011. She received the George Tasker Founder’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Society in 2008.

As STEP chair, Lewis will preside over the board and council, providing collegiate leadership working with officers and other board members, and will be a senior ambassador for the society. Her responsibilities take effect from 1 December for a year.

Lewis said: “I am honoured to have been elected by my peers to serve in this capacity. As STEP extends its reach to embrace membership from new and emerging markets, I look forward to promoting the society throughout the trust and estates world.

“I am particularly excited to be serving as chair just as STEP is developing innovative educational programmes.”

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