- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Heidi Jean Renée Soulsby
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Chartered Accountant and businesswoman
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
I have been a People’s Deputy for the last 8 years, topping the poll in 2012 and 2016.
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
President of the Committee for Health & Social Care (2016 – 2020)
Member of the Civil Contingencies Authority (2016 – 2020)
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (2012 – 2016)
Deputy Chair of the Scrutiny Committee (2012 – 2014)
Member of the Commerce and Employment Department (2013 – 2014)
Member of the Constitutional Investigation Committee (2014 – 2016)
Deputy Minister of the Health and Social Services Department (2014 – 2016)
- 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?
As a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales I have a strong understanding of finance and business management. It has meant I can understand, analyse and scrutinise the financial information that I receive and know how to act on it.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from King’s College London which I have also found very useful when considering various issues related to Guernsey’s physical environment and man’s interaction with it, including climate change and coastal defences.
I have held board level positions in the international finance sector and helped set up successful local businesses. This experience has helped me think strategically and I approach my work as a Deputy as I have done in business through analytical thinking, continual learning, developing trusting relationships and helping others do their best.
- 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)?
In 2010 I became a founding director and part-owner of a regulated fiduciary services company.
I left the business when I was elected in 2012. I am still a Non-Executive Director in a business owned by my husband and myself.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I don’t have a job outside 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.
As a Chartered Accountant and someone who held senior roles in the international finance sector, I have a strong financial understanding that has held me in good stead as a Deputy.
I have a proven track record of adding value through building teams, achieving efficiencies, enabling transformation and developing opportunities.
This experience has helped me since I have been elected. I was Chief Operating Officer of a large Channel Islands law firm which required me to work with people at all levels – from the Partners and Associates through to all the support staff in each location. This required strong influencing and motivational skills, as well as an ability to identify risks and problem solve.
This experience has proven to be invaluable over the last 4 years where my role has required influencing skills to enable policies to be pursued and funding to be acquired, good communication skills to explain the actions and policies of the Committee and an ability to think both tactically and strategically to ensure the right decisions are made. As someone who has set up businesses from scratch, I understand the difficulties small companies face.
This background has proven helpful in ensuring that the voice of small businesses are heard. My experience as a mother, whose children are in full-time education, has also been important in terms of appreciating the issues facing families – both parents and children.
- 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 was a Director of the Friends of Saumarez Park Playground LBG that raised funds and built the new playground at the park.
- 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?
Introduction of electronic voting.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
I believe my leadership skills will be important next term.
An independent governance review of the Committee for Health & Social Care was undertaken in 2019 and the subsequent report stated,
‘It was evident from interview responses and observation that the leadership provided by the President is exemplary. Committee members reported that she listened to them and respected their individual views and contributions while maintaining momentum in the work of the Committee. She actively supports the Committee to build good governance into their work and leads by example.’
If I am re-elected I would like to be a member of the Policy & Resources Committee. That Committee will be the key to progress next term. Through its policy role it is the Committee that can make joint working happen politically and in its resources role it can make government work better operationally.
I have the skills and experience to make a difference on both fronts next term.
- 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 and my track record shows that to be the case.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
I am a Governor of The Ladies’ College and Trustee of the Guernsey Sports Commission.