- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
St Peter Port
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
I am currently a member of the States and was elected in 2016
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
I was elected to Education, Sport & Culture (ESC) and Home Affairs in 2016. I resigned from ESC in 2017 and joined the Development an Planning Authority (DPA). in 2019 I stood down from the DPA upon the change in Presidency to concentrate on my work on Home Affairs.
I was also elected by my peers to the role of Vice-President of Home Affairs in 2019. During this term I have also sat on many other sub-groups and panels including the Brexit sub-group, the Population Management Review Panel and the Children & Young Peoples Plan.
- 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 completed an apprenticeship in Carpentry at the College of Further Education upon leaving school. I worked for my father’s construction company, and then branched out running businesses of my own.
I have been a Director of an international timber company and employed many islanders over the years.
- 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)?
Before I was elected in 2016 I was running my own timber company. I am currently Peoples’ Deputy for St Peter Port North and Vice President of the Committee for Home Affairs.
I am also on the board of a local company operating in Guernsey’s nascent CBD industry.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I would continue to sit on the board of The House of Green. I would not take on any operational posts outside of 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.
Running businesses and employing many people over the years in Guernsey gives you an insight into how a broad spectrum of our community live and the various problems they can face. Personal experiences have also increased my ability and I believe my judgement is sound.
- 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.
Home Affairs have delivered many policy letters over the last 4 years and I have been part of that team. I will not list any of them as that may be deemed political and not for this questionnaire. In my personal life I took part in the Tour de Sez 2018, cycling from St Malo to Amsterdam raising funds for the Sarah Groves Foundation.
- 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 see the elimination of waste. All processes across committees should be kept under constant review in order to identify efficiencies.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
I remain calm under pressure and always put the interests of Guernsey first.
- 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 I am. I have been on the winning and losing side of debates and losing often hurts. But that’s consensus government and you have to move on. Making enemies gets nothing done.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
I believe I have served Guernsey well since becoming elected in 2016. I have worked hard and not yielded to any political pressure for the things I believe in. I will always continue to vote with my conscience after fully understanding the topic, listening and engaging in debate.