In addition to his roles at Bender Brothers & Co., John Bender serves as director-general of the International Trust Arbitration Organisation www.trustarbitration.org. Amongst external responsibilities are membership of an SFO investment committee in Monaco and a board directorship of one of the largest private trust companies in the Channel Islands. Between 1988 and 2001, he specialised in Asian equity markets at Morgan Stanley, Barings and HSBC with the benefit of being closely connected to a Hong Kong banking family. Mr. Bender acts as chairman of CANZUK International, an organisation advocating closer ties amongst the Commonwealth realms. He was special adviser to The Prince of Wales's charities office between 2004 and 2014 as well as councillor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea between 1990 and 1994. Having been educated at Eton and Harvard, Mr. Bender obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2003 and the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management in 2011. He is a member of the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Group and a qualified holder of the UK Society of Investment Professionals Investment Management Certificate. He speaks French, German, Spanish and Swedish.