- 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?
Yes, Junior Constable 2010, St Saviour Senior Constable 2011-2012, St Saviour
- 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?
Education and Training 1977-1980 Bristol University BA Hons. History. Dissertation: “The Proceedings of the Council of Generals and Peers in London, December 1688”.
1980-1983 Oxford University (St Edmund Hall), M.Phil. Management Studies. Thesis: “Management of Assembly Robot Flexibility”.
1987-1988 UK Society of Investment Analysts: Statistics and Financial Mathematics; Economics and Accounting.
1994 UK Investment Management Regulatory Organisation (‘IMRO’): licensed Investment Advisor.
2008-9 UK Institute of Directors – Certificate & Diploma in Company Direction.
2009-2013 UK FSA/FCA – Approved Person.
2013 UK Institute of Directors – Chartered Director.
2016 UK Institute of Directors – Fellow.
Experience: Broad international and local workplace exposure (see response to Question 5, below). Fluent German, good French.
- 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)?
Last ten years: Various London Stock Exchange Chapter 14 and Chapter 15 listed companies, based in both Guernsey and Jersey, including a life insurer (FTSE 100 – four years), an award-winning Asian Income fund (nine years), a private equity fund-of-funds (ten years), and four private equity/realestate GPs (general partners). Independent Director, member of Audit Committees, Chair/member of Remuneration Committees. 2017- present: – Partners Group Guernsey Limited, Guernsey, Private Markets investment. Independent Director. Member of the Investment Oversight Committee. – Teniqua Capital Limited, Guernsey, Private Investment Fund (‘PIF’), Independent Director.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
Yes. My fellow directors discussed this before I put myself forward. If I am elected, they expect me to remain as a non-executive on my two investment company boards. It is important that some Deputies bring ‘live’ experience from the Financial Services sector into the States.
- 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.
With two degrees, I started off competent in written material, and working alone. Since then, I have written regularly, including in no particular order, speeches for the House of Commons and House of Lords, documents, papers, pamphlets, nativity plays, parish magazine articles and even a 700-page book.
However, my business and team experience is also broad. Before beginning my 33 years in financial services, I had short jobs (up to three years) in – engineering – politics – publishing and – retailing in production, sales and general management roles. I have worked for – global market leaders and small boutiques – start-ups and wind-downs – family firms, PLCs and joint-ventures – monglot and polyglot – based in Guernsey, UK, France, Germany and Switzerland. So, it’s broad.
I would like to join the Committee for Economic Development. My background should help us re-learn the art of listening to the world-class experts we have on-Island, who would be happy to help build our economic future. Such a role requires a big picture inquisitiveness, passion for detail and the ability to ensure that all voices are heard.
- 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.
a) I helped the Guernsey-based International Stock Exchange to gain recognition from the German financial services regulator, including in-person introductions in Frankfurt.
b) Bus Users Guernsey (‘BUG’) has been a quiet success behind the scenes. Since our foundation in 2009, campaigns won include: – Bus Tracker App. – Wifi on the Buses. – Night buses. – More bus shelters. – Smaller buses. – Less polluting buses. – Bus numbers on the back and sides. – Better timetables. – One timetable all year. – Shorter routes. – More logical routes. – Minimum service frequencies. – Logical/memorable departure times from the terminus. BUT THERE’S STILL PLENTY TO DO
- 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 reintroduce non-States members sitting on the Committee for Economic Development and help the Financial Services Forum regain its former strength.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Deep experience of building bridges and developing products across the financial services sector. I believe in encouraging contributions from all sides, and in sharing the credit for success widely.
- 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?
Of course. Not to play it down, but this is a routine problem in business life too. Issues and individual concerns need to be addressed as they arise. The skill is in moving past the immediate disappointment, and maintaining enthusiasm, cohesion and a sense of common purpose.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
Happily married with two grown-up kids, and there was a dog 🙁