- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
St Peter Port
Solicitor and AML/CFT Consultant
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
1. Yes – between 2016 and 2020
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
President of the Development & Planning Authority (D&PA), Member of Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC), Member of Economic Development (2018-19), Member of the Legislation Review Panel, Member of the Douzaine Liaison Group, Member of the Transport Licensing Authority (2016-2018)
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
No – but I was a Non-States Member from 2012 to 2016 on the Legislation Select Committee
- 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?
Qualified as a Solicitor Level 3 Award in Education and Training Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Degree – Law (1st year Accountancy, Law and Politics)
- 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)?
My present occupation is a trust & company solicitor and compliance consultant. I have worked in various finance companies as director, legal counsel, senior tax adviser, MLRO and Compliance Officer (some all at the same time). When I was elected in 2016, I have worked both part time in finance companies or freelance through my own business as a compliance consultant.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
Yes – I live in Open Market and need to ensure I can pay my mortgage. I also find working part time (a few hours a week) grounding and insightful.
- 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.
My skills and knowledge both through education and life has given me wide knowledge of government systems and its areas of responsibility (and those which it does not). Working with many charities over the years has given me an understanding of the needs of the many and, through working in finance, how that can be resourced. Empathy, respect and trust (both sides) is important and needs to be nurtured, and when lost, regained.
- 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.
Covid 19 and the lockdown rules – that is the top of my list of many. Work in the States is all about team and project work and there are many things I have been involved in which I believe I have helped progress either faster or at all because of my involvement.
- 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 correct level of training of Deputies to include Nolan Principles, corporate parenting, data protection, committee mandates, governance, quasi-judicial decision making and finances. The Capital Allocation process, access to information code and the way we communicate all needs real improvement.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Knowledge of, and adherence to, the Nolan Principles as set out in the States Members Code of Conduct
- 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 – as long as I have had my say and my points have been acknowledged, considered and discussed then I have no issue with being in the minority. However, I would wish to reserve the ability to revisit a decision if there was a change in the evidence or circumstances surrounding that decision and the majority of the team or committee confirm they too wish to revisit it.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
Thank you for your questions and I apologise for the shortness of the responses – this election has proven to promote a high level of engagement from some members of the public through groups such as yourselves, through hustings, meetings, e-mails and social media.