- 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?
I am a new independent candidate
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
I haven’t served my parish to date
- 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?
I have sat on many boards of directors and am very familiar with a collaborative approach to decision making. I am a member of the Institute of Directors and hold their Diploma in Company Direction.
This is a great course of study, taught through the GTA which would serve all deputies very well. I also have many finance sector qualifications and am an active member of a problem-solving institute which discusses and debates important topics while being a source of thought-provoking views to tackle a wide range of issues.
- 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)?
During the last ten years I have been an employer, mostly in the finance sector. I have also devoted my efforts to improve or design many areas that would benefit others, such as an investment algorithm that reduces costs and provides improved risk-informed performance. Lately, I have worked with a company to install a floating restaurant in the QEII Marina.
- 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.
For nearly 30 years, I have enjoyed solving problems or improving upon aspects of life and business, both collaboratively with colleagues and on my own. I would relish the opportunity to push forward improvements in the island’s economy and propose new diversifying industries making the best of our resources, natural, human and technological.
- 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.
It has been a privilege to serve as a mentor on the Guernsey Enterprise Agency and latterly Start-Up Guernsey. I have met many enthusiastic and aspiring young prospective business people and the energy that they have for their projects has been infectious. It has been very interesting to see that over half of the businesses have had a social aspect that ranks as highly as the idea of making a profit. Many of the entrepreneurs I have advised, are seeking to make a difference and improve people’s lives.
I have also recently started coaching the Under 9’s age group for the Guernsey Rugby Academy. They have the makings of a great squad! The Academy’s core values of Respect, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Discipline and Enjoyment will also serve them well as a basis in all things as they mature.
- 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 have all new deputies (and especially previous deputies) sign a charter. Rules should be similar to those of the Guernsey Rugby Academy core values with the added insistence that they leave their egos at the door and act collaboratively for the good of the island. This should be absolutely ingrained but press reports are often littered with complaints of back-biting and disrespect between members. It is time to cut it out and think of the good they can do for Guernsey.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Having spent years as an analyst, the ability to get to the nub of an issue or problem is a fundamental starting point from which to build a solution or improvement. I thoroughly enjoy solving and setting complex problems and see this as an important attribute for deputies. Clear vision and the ability to think in abstract terms can often bring benefits more readily than trying to persist with something that wasn’t fit for purpose in the first place.
- 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?
Putting forward an idea or solution is the first step. With, hopefully, many new deputies from varying backgrounds and experience to debate, discuss and improve the idea in a collaborative way, for the benefit of the island, is the next step. If elected, it will be my privilege to debate positive outcomes and do my best to help arrive at the best, most accepted and agreeable path.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
It has been heartening to see so many candidates standing for deputy and I wish all of them the best of luck. On reading through the manifestos, the overriding impression is that they all want change and direction for the new term. Sustainability is high on the agenda for many and so is a clear view that more needs to be done on social aspects and economic improvements. I hope those elected have the drive to see through their commitments and I hope to be among them to ensure that we push forward with bold steps to make Guernsey a beacon to other islands.