- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
St Peter Port
Retired School Teacher
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
No, I am standing for the first time.
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
No, I have held no public office previously.
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
- 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?
Degree in Geography and Education (University of Sussex).
- 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)?
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
- 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.
Whilst on Guernsey, I have taught students, in the eleven to sixteen age range, Citizenship for ten years. I was head of this subject for ten years at St. Sampson’s High. During that time I delivered work on the islands democracy, invited serving and past deputies in to help inform students further. I also set up elections (following closely the format used in elections on this island), so that students could elect their Student Council representatives to ensure that their interests were represented in meetings and actions. During my ten year tenure of the post, I was also the teacher responsible for facilitating ‘Student Council’ meetings and their outcomes. The body responsible for compiling the ‘Electoral Roll’ was also invited into school over a couple of lunch hours, prior to our previous election to ‘The States of Deliberation’. This was done to encourage and more easily facilitate the signing onto the roll by the sixteen and fifteen year olds that year.
- 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.
During my employ at St Sampson’s High, I was also in charge of the House System. One of the activities which I encouraged and challenged the three houses to engage in, was raising money for a different Guernsey Charity each Summer Term. I also organised events by which we raised money for Comic Relief, Children in Need, we took part in Swimarathon (for which I was presented with a silver trophy by the Swimarathon organisers for ten years of dedication to helping them raise funds by this means).
- 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?
That ALL serving Deputies should swear an oath that they have read a billet, before voting on it.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Compassion, a strong sense for the need for a more equitable society, a true believer in democracy in the full and true meaning of the word ‘By the people, for the people’, achieved by listening as much, if not more, than speaking.
- 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?
I am a democrat as stated in my previous response.
- Any other comments you wish to add: