Sheila Dean  BA (Hons), FCCA

Non-Executive Chairman

As Non-Executive Chairman, Sheila works closely with the Board of Equiom on strategic initiatives. She is responsible for facilitating growth, expanding the breadth of services Equiom offers and the continued success of Equiom’s acquisition strategy.  

As a global ambassador for the business Sheila also manages several key external relationships, such as regulators and prospective M&A targets, as well as maintaining longstanding client relationships.

In 2006, Sheila led the initial management buy-out to form Equiom, and in 2013, a secondary management buyout was completed which saw Sheila become Global CEO of the business. In 2019, leading global alternative investment firm, Värde Partners, joined Equiom’s longstanding equity partner LDC, and Sheila became Non-Executive Chairman. 

A first class communicator and a widely respected, award-winning figure in the professional services industry, Sheila is regularly named by leading industry award bodies. Shelia is a charismatic leader with a passion to deliver value for clients and shareholders. Her values of hard work, endless enthusiasm and absolute integrity have been embedded into Equiom’s culture through her determination to lead by example and by expecting nothing but the best from her team.

Sheila is an honours graduate from the University of Leeds.


  • Citywealth Powerwomen Awards
    • Silver - Woman of the Year - Sheila Dean - 2020
    • Silver - Champion of the Year - Mentoring/Sponsoring Programmes - Sheila Dean - 2019
    • Top 200 listing - Sheila Dean - 2017 & 2016
    • Silver - Woman of the Year, Business Growth (Large, Insititutional) - Sheila Dean - 2017
    • Gold - Women of the Year, Leadership (Professional Services) - Sheila Dean - 2015
    • Top 100 listing - Sheila Dean - 2013
  • eprivateclient
    • Top 50 Most Influential - Sheila Dean
      - 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2013
  • Citywealth Magic Circle Awards
    • Outstanding Individual of the Year - Sheila Dean - 2019
    • Runner up: Woman of the Year - Sheila Dean - 2013
  • International Adviser
    • IA 100 - Sheila Dean - 2019
  • ACQ5 Awards
    • International Gamechanger of the Year, Sheila Dean, Equiom - 2018
  • Citywealth Leaders List
    • Leading Trustee - Sheila Dean - 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Citywealth - International Financial Centre Awards
    • Editor's Choice - Sheila Dean - 2014
  • MSV Life
    • Top Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Sheila Dean - 2014
  • Women in Business
    • North West and Isle of Man International Business Women of the Year - Sheila Dean - 2011
“I've known Sheila for many years, and she has consistently been the epitome of professionalism, hard work and enthusiasm. Her "can do" approach has kept Equiom at the top of their industry, and Sheila's leadership and drive are a core asset to the firm.”

James Horrigan, Director, Wealth Intermediaries at Standard Chartered Bank Jersey

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