- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
- 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?
Educated at Manchester Grammar School I am a Fellow of the Institue of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales I hold a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institue of Directors I am presently the Chairman of the Confederation of Guernsey Industry
During my 42 years living in Guernsey I have served on the Committes of the Young Businessmen’s Group (President), the Chamber of Commerce, the Guernsey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants, the Insurance Institute of Guernsey and the Guernsey Insurance Captive Managers Association.
- 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)?
I am a semi – retired with my own consultancy company. Through this I have taken on a project that has developed into a full time position as Finance Director of Safehaven International Limited.
This is a small Corporate Service Provider managing structures associated with Mega Yachts and employing their crew through associated group companies. I previously held a similar positions with BachmannHR Marine Limited and Bachmann Corporate Services Limited until October 2017.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I will be winding down my role with Safehaven from October 2020 onwards. My current employer is fully aware of my intentions and I have already worked out a flexible regime that allows me to satisfy both situations.
- 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.
I am a qualified chartered accountant and in my training and work in general practice I was exposed to everything from small traders to large international businesses.
When I moved to Guernsey in 1978 I continued in general practice until 1982 when I moved to a client group of companies and assisted in the formation of the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands (ICCI)
During my time with this group I dealt with the collapse of the original owner and the eventual transfer to The Royal and Sun Alliance Group who are still the ultimate owners. This involved intricate negotiations with Irish Government representatives, States of Guernsey heads of trading bodies and high ranking civil servants and politicians.
Also during this period I was a key part of establishing the Jersey branch of ICCI. I think I am correct in saying that this achievement was the first time a Guernsey based company had created a branch in Jersey.
Also I assisted in the creation and development of insurance legislation especially the new concept of Protected Cell companies. Also I assisted in developing and running the first Captive Insurance Forum held in Guernsey.
I then moved to help form and develop a new captive insurance company Wilde & Co Insurance Managers. This was very successful but unfortunately the owner Alan Wilde became ill and eventually died. During his illness I transferred to help run the wider Wilde & Co Group and became part of the team that eventually sold The Wilde Group to the Bachmann Group and helped deal with Alan’s other business interests.
I oversaw the transition to the Bachmann Group and became a Bachmann employee ending up after the metamorphosis to Ardel (now Equiom) with BachmannHR and was key in the purchase of this small group from Peter Bachmann. I remained at Bachmanns until 2017. See above.
Having a keen interest in politics, local issues and the development of Guernsey’s economy I was approached to join the committee of the Confederation of Guerney Industry (CGI) with a view to becoming Chairman. This experience and the exposure to senior civil servants, politicians and the workings of the States administration is what finally convinced me to stand as a candidate for the position of a States Deputy.
- 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 have worked with the CGI and the G4 (Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors, Guernsey International Business Association and CGI) on many aspects of Guernsey law, regulation and administration. In particular honing the Population Management Legislation and the proposed Discrimination Law.
- 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?
The number of Committes/departments and their structure. We do not need the complexity or the number of Deputies involved in the management of these departments. Deputies should be involved in strategy and decision making only.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Vision combined with determination and common sense.
- 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?
- Any other comments you wish to add:
I feel passionately that the particular position and political status of Guernsey with the natural resources at its disposal can be used to set an example and produce a contribution to international affairs way beyond its size and perceived stature.