- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
St Peter Port
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
I was a deputy from 2012 to 2016
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
I was a member of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, Legislation Select Committee, Health and Social Services Department and the Environment Department.
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
I was an elected church warden of the Town Church from 2006 to 2012.
- 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’m an IT project manager who has delivered a number of large and complex works, frequently requiring an array of skills, not least communication. I would argue that this is a great experience for achieving the goals I would set for myself, as contained in my manifesto, were I to be elected.
Of course my previous experience of being a deputy gives me an advantage in knowing how to work within the structures of the States to achieve the changes I aim to deliver.
- 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’m currently a project manager on a website for a local company. I’ve previously been a deputy and an IT operations manager in the past 10 years, as well as a director of Safer LBG, the domestic abuse charity here in Guernsey, and Clear Mobitel, a non-trading mobile phone company.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I don’t believe it wise to be a deputy and be a director of a company that receives a States’ grant, as such, were I to be elected, I would resign my role as a director of Safer LBG.
- 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 believe I proved myself during the last term to be an effective deputy mainly through diligence and hard work both in States’ debate and in committee meetings, with the good fortune to have a persuasive oratory ability and a natural desire to attain consensus through collaborative work.
I’m particularly interested in the work of the Employment and Social Security Department with the advancement of the anti-discrimination legislation and the review of the Long Term Care Fund, being two examples of the need to consult widely, and argue persuasively, to achieve the changes that are long overdue.
- 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.
As stated previously, I have managed a large website project that has seen an improvement in the company’s performance and financial results.
I’m also a director of Safer LBG, and as a board of directors I believe we reacted swiftly and decisively when lockdown was imposed, to assist those who were in great danger, sometimes of their lives, by being enclosed with a violent perpetrator. I can’t imagine the horror of such a situation, and feel our staff did fantastic work in rising to the challenge of dealing with this social ill in difficult circumstances.
- 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?
I would like to see a greater degree of scrutiny of legislation. It’s unfortunate that so many deputies don’t view their primary role within a legislature to be legislators.
Unfortunately the problem isn’t confined to Guernsey, and therefore I’m unsure how to improve on the situation other than to review what assistance is given to deputies in completing this vital role, that will probably have a longer lasting effect on our island than any policy debate.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
An ability to work collaboratively with everyone. Our system of government relies on this skill, and achieving anything will require compromises and conversations.
- 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. There is simply too much work to be done, and four years is not a long timescale to achieve it, for endless repeated debates on matters that have been resolved.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
I believe my former track record as a deputy speaks for itself, in terms of the achievements I had, but none of them were possible without working with other deputies. Disagreement in political discourse is part of a healthy democracy, but a healthy legislature needs to be able to do so without descending into acrimony.