Craig Bougourd

Craig Bougourd

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Craig Bougourd

  2. AGE
    34

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    St Martin

  4. OCCUPATION
    Self-employed Plasterer

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    craigbougourd2020@gmail.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    https://www.facebook.com/cbgec2020/

  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?
    No

  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?
    Secondary Education

  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)?
    Plasterer since school leaving age, over the past 5 years self-employed.

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    No, I intend to stop working and focus all my time to be a full time advocate of the under-represented people of Guernsey.

  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.
    Unfortunately I was not dealt the best cards in life, losing my Father to suicide at the age of 7 which was one of the hardest things i have ever had to endure along with other family members, this had a great impact on my mental health from a young age. Which led me to become a permanent resident of Children’s Board – Le Carrefour thankfully through the support of these services my family and friends, I managed to get through these times.

    These knocks in life have made me strong & driven & taught me to keep fighting even when the odds are against you. I run my own plastering business and understand the struggles many small businesses face at times, which important to understand as part of the revive and strive strategy. I also know what it’s like to live hand to mouth something which is important to understand in this role.

    These life experiences are what make a good deputy, someone who will advocate on how decision making will effect the lower to middle earners. I understand the hard reality of life, and have good life experience which will convert to understanding the hardships people will face in our community and the detrimental impact these decisions will have on people’s lives. This is what has driven me to stand in this election to represent the under-represented.

    You can have all the qualifications in the world and have been through the best universities, but you cannot buy life experience, which is what make’s a good advocate for the people.

  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.
    Over the past 5 years I have employed guys from social security, and taught them work ethic and given them a life long skill. I have put lads through the apprenticeship scheme at the college of further education, and was the only registered plastering contractor on the island with GWEX, Who WAS Prepared to take on troubled YP’s and nurture them into employment.

  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?
    Apply common sense, I know the decision that are made have to be evidence based but at times, this evidence is based on other jurisdictions which is irrelevant to Guernsey. A lot of the time decisions can be made on a common sense basis and that is overlooked.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    Life experience.

  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?
    Yes, I am happy to debate and negotiate with fellow colleagues to come to come to an informed decision and move forward on things.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    Knowing there was going to be great losses to the states, such as Laurie & Barry, who represent the under-represented in the States of Deliberation at the end of this term. I had seen this opportunity as a must to represent the working class.

    You need a good mix of deputies in the States not just highly educated or wealthy individuals with no life experience.