Chris Blin

Chris Blin

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Chris Blin

  2. AGE
    57

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    St Peter Port

  4. OCCUPATION
    Business Owner

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    hello@chrisblin.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    http://www.chrisblin.com

  7. Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
    no

  8. Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
    no

  9. Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
    I have served as a Douzenier from 2016 to 2019 for St Peter Port

  10. What education, training, qualifications (whether professional or vocational) and experience do you have which would be advantageous in being one of the 38 Deputies representing the people of Guernsey?
    I hold a degree in Languages and Economics and have a teaching qualification and have taught in private, commercial as well as one academic year at Blanchelande College.

    I am a competent linguist (which I trust will be of use dealing with our French neighbours when we develop that relationship).

    I have worked in a contractor/consultant capacity for 5 years within Social Security focusing mainly on the Job Centre and working closely with our States counterparts.

    Finally through my years of working in the private sector I have a very pragmatic approach to business, negotiations and relationships.

  11. What is your present occupation and what other positions have you held in the past ten years either as employee or employer (in the case of present or former States’ members please include outside work done (if any) whilst serving as a member)?
    As well as an involvement in a number of business projects, I own and manage a recruitment agency that operates in the financial and hospitality sector as well as owning a very well established translation and interpreting business.

    I have also worked on other contracts including for the Job Centre (tendered contract) as mentioned above.

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    I intend to carry on part time/ad-hoc with some of my business work but I have the flexibility and time to dedicate myself as a deputy should I be elected.

  13. Indicate how your qualifications and experience of life generally will bring value to the work of the States in the discharge of all its many functions, governmental, legislative and administrative. Indicate, if you wish, two particular committees where you feel you can make a contribution and which skills and attributes you have which would fit you for such roles.
    From my studies and extensive experience in a diverse range of sectors which has made me more focused on getting things done I feel that my strengths would lie specifically with the following committees : Economic Development and Environment and Infrastructure

  14. Give details of any team or project activity in which you have engaged within the last five years where you feel you have contributed to benefitting your employment or community: (a) in your work (b) in your voluntary charitable, sporting or social life.
    I spent 5 years working on a contract with Social Security assisting job seekers return to work , engaging with employers and working on various initiatives to get people back to work – this was carried out by my team working directly with the Job Centre team as well.

    This was a very challenging and rewarding role albeit very difficult at times as you are dealing with tough mindsets and it was necessary to work hard to build on that. I established partnerships with both job seekers and employers alike.

    During my years on the Douzaine I worked on projects to assist our parishioners and also learnt a lot about their needs. Also working with my colleagues as a team to make joint decisions on the various demands from the Parish.

    On a Charity level I was part of the Guernsey Round Table (14 years) which focused on mostly charitable tasks including the swim marathon and the harbour carnival and many more initiatives.

    On a separate note I have been involved in a number of environmental projects over the years and used my skills and input to assist them where I could and now those relationships could be used for good purpose to better our environment and Island.

    Finally in my work practice I have needed to be very nimble and agile and have assisted so many businesses to find solutions as well as the work I needed to do to maintain my own businesses.

  15. What is the first thing (if any) you would like to change in the present practices or procedures (not the policies) of the States of Deliberation?
    See if there is a way to work as teams rather than committees to work smarter and better in a positive and pragmatic way to get better results both better and faster.

    This could include reducing layers of red table to adapt to a more streamlined way which is very possible in my eyes as the present government has actually achieved this through faster actions during the pandemic.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    My ability to be objective and collect information to be able to engage with my peers to ensure we are working towards a goal that will have a positive effect on our Island and this will be coupled with an extensive understanding of many different sectors which will facilitate my ability to perform well.

  17. Given that matters can rarely be decided unanimously, are you able to respect the majority decision of a team or committee of which you are a member after respectful and informed debate?
    This is something very important to me as this is where diplomacy and team work come in. I will remain objective and work with my peers during any debates to ensure we can achieve a suitable result.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    I feel that as an individual I am very well grounded and rounded. With over 30+ years of experience covering a wide range of expertise I feel that standing for Deputy will give me a strong advantage to be able to connect with the diverse population as well as work and coordinate with all of my peers in the States.