- 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?
2016 to 2020
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
Committee for Economic Development 2016 – 2018 (Member) Scrutiny Management Committee 2018-2020 (Member) States Assembly and Constitution Committee 2018-2020 (Vice President)
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
Member of the Douzaine Liaisons Group 2016-2020
- 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?
Passed all of my O’ levels with consistently good grades and studied for 3 A’ levels (Social and Economic History, Economics and English Literature); Diploma (Chartered Institute of Marketing); McGill University Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance; Studied for a law Degree completed exams in Common Law and Reasoning and Contract Law. Have read Criminal and Public Law and understand jurisprudence (Guernsey Training Agency through the Jersey Law Institute, Kings College London).
In summary, I have professional qualifications in marketing and in parliamentary governance. I have completed exams in Common Law and Reasoning and Contract Law, and have read Criminal and Public Law and Jurisprudence, as part of an ongoing Law degree ( which I have paused whist being an elected member). Worked in Guernsey , London and have accessed goods and services across Europe for Multi-national , Joint Venture Partnerships and Independent businesses.
Qualified Leader of a Youth Group. Chair of school parents and teachers association. Served full time as a Deputy since 2016 including on the Committee for Economic Development, Scrutiny Management Committee and States Assembly and Constitution Committee. Committee Member of the Guernsey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Political Member of the Douzaine Liaison Group. Life experiences;
My mother died at an exceptionally early age when I was a teenager. Leaving me to become independent and self-reliant. This taught me resilience, self- motivation, and an ability to manage demands of work and life which I have drawn on throughout my career, and especially in my role as a Deputy. I am a mother myself and this informs every decision I make , as I am driven to make sure that the future is bright for the next generation , and I want to set a good example for my child , when it comes to courage , leadership and doing the right thing.
I have lived not only in several parishes in Guernsey but also in central London and England to further my business career. I have experienced traveling globally and commuting to London and within Europe for work.
- 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)?
Currently a Deputy Contract work for multinationals, joint venture partnerships, franchises and independent businesses. Manager, Senior Manager and Project Manager. Teams of 5 to 100+
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
- 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.
Governmental: McGill University Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance; I studied , through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 2016 , upon election to ensure that I understood the role of a parliamentarian. Passed with a distinction. I understand, enact and try to influence other to abide by the principles of good governance; Integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. I believe I am trustworthy, reliable and a highly self-motivated leader. I remain calm and organized under pressure and I am confident in decision making. I possess a high level of engagement skills and am able to support others and influence others to behave to high standards. I can work under strict budgets, am able to interpret data to control costs and improve profits. I am flexible and a quick learner.
Quote from a Commercial Directors reference; “Jennifer ….is still very highly thought of at all levels of the business…….She was never shy of getting involved in anything that came her way and is a real team player…….Her management and organisational skills are excellent……”
Quote from a Managing Director reference; “Jennifer was passionate about achieving objectives set and always carried out her role in a professional manner………”
Have sat on three committees of the States of Deliberation as a proactive and engaged member and Vice President. In the words of the current President of the Scrutiny Management committee “Jennifer has proven track record of constructively influencing and persuading others to support progressive policy objectives in an engaging manner. She is independent-minded, has intelligence married with integrity and will not be politically coerced into submission.” I have sat in the States of Deliberation for over four years. I understand the rules of procedure and have used them constructively and effectively to affirm, amend and challenge policy direction. Legislative: Studied for a law Degree and completed and passed exams in Common Law and reasoning and Contract Law (Guernsey Training Agency through the Jersey Law Institute Kings College London). I have also read criminal law and public law but decided not to take these exams upon election in 2016 so that I could concentrate on being an elected member of the States of Deliberation and the States of Election full time.
Experienced in reading and scrutinising law and the interpretation implementation as to how law has been applied. Understand jurisprudence (the theory and philosophy of law.) Administrative: My training and reading of law gives me an understanding and respect for the rule of law and the separation of powers that should, whenever possible in our jurisdiction be adhered to. The separation of our judiciary, legislature and executive. This includes political interference in the selection of the judiciary, as well as interference by the judiciary in the political process. With that in mind, I was initially reluctant to complete this survey, as I noted the Electoral Support Group includes a Jurat and a former Appointee of the Crown. However, I was assured that the form of the questionnaire was deliberately apolitical, that there is no intention of political interference, and that no responses will be edited by the Group without the prior consent of the candidate. That said, ultimately the government is accountable for the taxes and services provided through the public sector. This includes determining the budgets and for setting policy direction that is deliverable by the civil service and across the public sector. Policy such as revenue raising and expenditure. I have extensive experience in working under strict budgets, am able to interpret data to control costs and improve profits in a business environment. I have studied economics and social and economic history.
Two committees where I believe I can make a contribution , and skills and attributes I have which would fit me for such roles are ; 1) Scrutiny management committee I have contributed and have experience as a committee member. Skills and attributes in the words of the current President of Scrutiny; “Jennifer Merrett has been a political colleague of mine for the last 4 years. In that time she has demonstrated to me that she is a person of the utmost integrity. She is also very hard working (extraordinarily so at times) and she is committed to the best sort of parliamentary and legislative scrutiny. She is not afraid to challenge political authority or perceived wisdom within the States. To that end she has been a key ally of mine on the Scrutiny Management Committee in the last few years. Jennifer has also continually demonstrated her support for a sensible, progressive reform in the last four years.”
Inquisitive in regards to policy and not personality but not deterred from trying to determine if political influence has been used inappropriately. 2) Home Affairs Committee I have contributed by being the co-sponsor of a Successful Sursis Motive to the justice review policy paper (P2020/54 15th July 2020). Which addressed matters relating to the Island’s justice system, including the question of drug reform, family courts and which set a clear direction and timeframe for progress. I now wish to contribute in delivering this states resolution and am committed to doing so with the added benefit of consistency. I have skills for doing so through my reading of criminal law and have the political buy in and will to deliver this. I am determined, resilient, organised, keep calm under pressure and have experience in making evidence based decisions, analysing data and delivering outcomes as a leader.
- 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) Work For the past 4 years I have served as a People’s Deputy, and I have aimed to ensure that all the work I do in that role is to the benefit of the community. I have delivered policy letters, amendments, sursis motivés (that is, motions to pause a policy decision and do further work) and requetes (parliamentary petitions). This requires team work with other Deputies, as well as seeking advice and guidance from Law Officers and/or civil servants. I am particularly proud of two Requetes which I led. First, a Requete on the Island Development Plan in 2019 (reference P2019/41).
The full details can be found on the States website. In brief, the aim of this successful Requete was to ensure that the IDP is more responsive to the needs of the community, more effectively protects our unique landscape and natural environment, and allows for all parties to have an equal voice in the process.” Second, a Requete on the Island’s Extradition Laws this summer (P2020/18). This addresses an important human rights issue, as well as reinforcing the Island’s unique constitutional position and independence. Sursis motivés ; As above re Justice Policy Various amendments tweaking and constructively influencing policy decision. Specifically, but not restricted to the annual budget.
(b) Voluntary, charitable , sporting or social life 1. Committee member for the Multiple Sclerosis Guernsey Branch. Organising fund raising and committing time to committee meetings and helping at various initiatives raising awareness and funds. 2. Member of the Guernsey Disability Alliance. Attending meetings and raising awareness and supporting the members in our community. 3. Qualified youth leader. Dedicated time to weekly, term time meetings to support our young people and have encouraged other voluntary helpers to qualify.
- 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?
Introduce a public petitions process, similar to the system in place in comparable jurisdictions, so that the public can influence debate on important issues during the course of the States’ term.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
- 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?
- Any other comments you wish to add: