Mark Helyar

Mark Helyar

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Mark Helyar

  2. AGE
    52

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    Castel

  4. OCCUPATION
    Advocate

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    mark@vote4h.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    http://www.vote4h.com

  7. Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
    No

  8. Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
    Yes, Public Accounts Committee 2008-12

  9. Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
    No

  10. 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?
    BsC Environmental Sciences, UEA Norwich 1987-90 PGDL Law Nottingham Trent University 1997-2000 Member of Grays Inn, English Bar Examinations 2000 Caen University (Law) 2000 Notary Public Examinations 2006 Accredited Commercial Mediator (ADR Group)

  11. 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 was a civil servant between 1990 and 1996 where I assisted with numerous prosecutions, the drafting of policy letters and subsidiary legislation. I formed a new law firm in 2006 and was its managing parter for ten years until 2016. During that time I was a member of the group partnership strategy committee of Bedell Cristin, a large offshore law firm operating in 9 jurisdictions with over 600 staff. I personally formed and opened our operations in Mauritius.

    I was the MD of our Guernsey regulated fiduciary and fund management companies as well as a director of the corresponding businesses in London and Jersey. I have been a director / secretary of many of the Islands largest financial, insurance and technology businesses including First Central Group (online UK motor insurer), Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands, Condor Ferries.

    My specialism in insurance business has led to me being appointed as chairman of many of Guernsey’s largest captives and reinsurance companies including those owned by large UK organisations, banks and the UK Government. I have advised on the drafting an implementation of legislation for several foreign governments and regulatory authorities including Bahrain, Malta and Singapore and drafted advice and rules implemented by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (most recently the special purpose insurer rules)

    I have won and been nominated for several international legal awards for novel commercial transactions utilising Guernsey for reinsurance and securitisation.

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    Yes, I believe its important to stay current.

  13. 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 employment and professional history have provided me with numerous skills which are applicable to the work of government. I believe I am the only Advocate in Guernsey that has worked in the civil service, worked in enforcement and assisted in preparing prosecutions, helped in the drafting of subsidiary legislation and several policy letters as well as forming a successful private commercial practice.

    My practice has enabled me to act for every type of local business and owner, from the North Side Chip Shop to Condor Ferries. Government in our current system requires a significant ability to build consensus and to provide effective leadership. I have and continue to successfully lead many groups of equals, including law firm partners with the same status.

  14. 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 am the chairman of a local charity, the Citizens Advice Bureau, which managed to continue to operate throughout the COVID crisis despite the challenges which lockdown created. At the time when the charity was under most operational pressure from the lock-down we were able to continue to provide advice to the public via our volunteers through a combination of operational adjustments and bringing together a team to support online meetings and telephone based advice. I am very proud of the team of volunteers which managed to achieve this despite the difficulties we faced.

  15. 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 reduce the volume of the Billets by enabling the passing of non-contentious matters outside of States meetings. This will speed up the process as well as reducing the burden on staff.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    My ability to listen.

  17. 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 but I would expect all teams to work by consensus, usually reaching a combined position which can be supported by all.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    No