- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Lindsay de Sausmarez
- 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 first stood and was elected to the States in 2016, so have held the position of People’s Deputy since then.
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
Member of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure – 2016 to present day; and Member and then Vice President of the States’ Assembly & Constitution Committee – 2016 to 2018.
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
I have served as Secretary of the St. Martin’s Parish School(s) Committee since 2015, a role I continue to fulfil, having been re-elected in 2019.
- 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 two degrees (a BA from the University of Durham and a Masters from the University of New South Wales) which have given me an excellent grounding in critical thinking, research, data interrogation, analysis, presentation and communication.
I have various professional qualifications relating to media production and written communication that have given me useful skills in terms of speech writing and media interviews. I have a sound working knowledge of the principles of good governance.
I am currently studying towards a certificate in the Principles of Sustainable Finance.
- 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 am currently a People’s Deputy: in that capacity I have served on two committees, been a very active contributor in the States Assembly and taken on a lot of constituency work for individuals, families, businesses and charities.
I was employed by Specsavers as a media producer (TV, radio, social media and corporate) in the award-winning Creative department for about 15 years.
I dropped my hours right down to just 10 a week as part of a very flexible job-share arrangement when I was elected to the States, which worked well thanks to the company and my colleagues being so understanding and accommodating of the fact my States work needed to be prioritised.
Before being elected to the States I was also self-employed as a freelance writer (something I did on top of my full-time role), and since taking on the role of Deputy I have occasionally contributed (free of charge) to publications including the Guernsey Press and GYOne.
Although my professional career has centred mainly on the creative industries, I also have experience in other sectors including retail, hospitality and childcare.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
If re-elected to the States, I will commit fully to the role very much as a full-time job and will not take on any other paid work. I will also continue to respect my parish and community commitments, and may from time to time undertake courses in my own time to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.
- 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.
My academic background has given me the ability to read, absorb, understand and interrogate large volumes of information, and – just as importantly – to carry out my own independent research and analysis.
As someone well read in behavioural science, I always research complex, emotive or contentious issues from a variety of angles, including those that are least intuitive to me, to ensure my research isn’t being skewed by confirmation bias.
I’ve got an analytical mind and a good eye for detail – valuable skills with respect to legislative issues in particular – and the ability to understand issues as part of their wider context. I strongly believe in joined up thinking and joined up working: I always see the wood as well as the trees, and take a collaborative, pragmatic approach in order to get things done.
For most of my professional career I have been a media producer – a role that involves a lot of listening, understanding, negotiation, organisation, planning, decision-making and collaborative working. It is a role responsible for taking a concept and turning it into a workable, practical reality, on time and on budget, usually under intense pressure.
These professional skills have proved highly relevant and useful in politics – not just in parliamentary work and policy development but also in understanding how policies and States decisions will take effect in the real world.
I’m from Guernsey originally but have also lived, studied and worked in other countries around the world. This has given me invaluable exposure to other cultures and other ways of life, where things are often done quite differently. This is a helpful perspective to have, although local knowledge is equally important as we need to make decisions that will work specifically in the Guernsey context.
I’m friends with people from all walks of life, and have experienced a wide range of personal circumstances too: I know what it’s like, for example, to live on a low, unreliable income and to have to choose between paying the rent and paying for food – valuable life experiences that ideally all politicians should have!
As a working mum to four young children, I understand the pressures faced by families, the issues affecting young people and parents, and the value of grandparents…! Ours is a representative democracy so I think it’s important that the States reflects the community as far as possible in terms of age, gender and background.
If re-elected, I will commit to whatever role or roles the Assembly sees fit, at any level of responsibility. I would be happy and willing to serve on any of the major committees, although my experience and core areas of knowledge and policy expertise align most closely to the mandates of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and the Committee for Health & Social Care.
If elected to the States and then elected by my peers to serve on the former, I would bring with me a very detailed understanding of all the key policies agreed in this political term, and would therefore be in a useful position to support their timely implementation in the next. On any committee, though, I would bring a constructive, intelligent and pragmatic mind set to the table and throw myself into the role with my usual energy and application.
- 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’m very community-minded and give back to the community in a number of different ways. One of the aspects I loved most about my former role at Specsavers was the community work: I and my team had the great privilege of supporting and documenting many community-focused events, including the Liberation Hangar Ball (at which I interviewed WWII veterans, evacuees and Occupation survivors, preserving their first-hand testimonies for posterity) and the Unsung Hero Awards (which introduced me to many of Guernsey’s most dedicated and selfless people), for example, as well as filming the real-world effects of local fundraising efforts in charitable projects in Zambia.
I got involved with many different initiatives at Specsavers, from sports and social activities, to CSR involvement (especially on environmental impact and sustainability), to the diversity and inclusion team. Beyond Specsavers, I’ve been involved in all kinds of community and charitable groups and initiatives. I set up or co-founded a few community groups myself (the Sustainable Business Forum, the Guernsey Real Nappy Network and the St. Martin’s Primary School Active Travel group) and am very involved in school activities, running the island’s first school cycle train, for example.
I’ve been an active fundraiser for various good causes through various means – one of which was designing a cookbook for the Guernsey Cheshire Home. On the subject of cooking, I love the excuse of a cake sale to don my pinny and get baking! I ‘womble’ and ‘plog’ – i.e. pick up litter whilst jogging – and take part in litter picking events. I support a number of local and international charities financially. I’ve played touch rugby since 2005 and have represented Guernsey on the international stage (as both a player and as a referee) on many occasions, although these days I play more socially than competitively.
Above all, I try to be a good citizen in everything I do: just being kind, thoughtful and helpful can make a real difference to someone’s day.
- 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 streamline the States’ internal processes around capital expenditure: the current processes are often disproportionately complex, cumbersome, labour-intensive and slow, and can delay or disrupt the delivery of important projects as a result.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
I am conscientious, constructive and capable, but above all I am a ‘people person’: I get on well with people from all walks of life and take a genuine and active interest in how I can help.
Politics is really all about people, so part of being a good politician is being able to listen, understand and empathise without judging. Being a people person helps not just in understanding a wide range of points of view, which can then better inform political decisions, but also in working with the community and with colleagues to find solutions to problems and implement them successfully.
- 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?
Absolutely: I’m a natural consensus-builder in the first place, but I also have a good track record in respecting the democratic majority decision of the States. I have personally made an explicit promise to continue to do so.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
As my parliamentary record shows, I work constructively with people from across the political spectrum to get things done. I’m capable and committed and keen to get straight to work if re-elected to the States in October.