NAME OF CANDIDATE
PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Consultant and Contract Facilitator
Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates
Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
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 been a St Sampson douzenier since 1st January 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?HND in Building. Sit on various British and European standards committees. I sit on the UK ‘mirror’ committee for the European standards relating to Design and Execution of Steel Structures, although my expertise is only in one area.
Have sat on the board and committees of an international trade organisation. Am a member of the UK trade organisation representing my industry and have been a board member for some thirty five years and was chairperson for three years.
Was a board member of the training group for my industry for twenty five years and its chairperson for approximately ten years. Sit on committees of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with regard to training for operatives working at height.
Was a governor of a charitable special school for children suffering behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) for 25 years including serving as chairperson for nine 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)?
I am a consultant and contract facilitator within the industrial steel chimney and working at heights industry.
Have held numerous positions in the last ten years as detailed in the section above.
Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I intend to complete the current projects which I am involved in, these are few due to the effects of the current pandemic.
I would consider, that on average, this will require under half a day per week for the next six months. I would fully retire from business and external committee work and concentrate only on the work and duties of a deputy.
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.
I have great experience in committee work which involves research, listening, discussing points of issue and reaching agreement to allow a project to move forward. Some of my committee work has been on a European or international basis and therefore, one has also had to understand the politics involved with certain groups of participants wanting things to favour their national needs and not necessarily those of others.
Having been involved in the business world for nearly fifty years I understand legal contracts, negotiation, employee grievances, the ability to be financially prudent and work within the resources you have whilst not limiting your future by being too timid and sitting still.
Working on contracts in Africa and Asian, as both a manager and qualified steeplejack, I have learnt to be prepared in planning for equipment that might be required but also as locations can be remote and basic the well being and mental health issues of the operatives whom I work with.
My time as a school governor let me see a completely different side of life. One where you had to carefully consider the needs of young children, their families, teachers and support staff, the stresses they endured and how giving support to all members of the educational and social team was very important, often the more junior positions and support staff appearing to be being undervalued but playing an equally important role.
I would relish the challenge of being part of Environment and Infrastructure. There needs to be a plan for the infrastructure which looks at all aspects of projects and peoples needs and ties them together to ensure that in the coming years the infrastructure is capable of meeting the needs of the population. Guernsey also needs to be greener, looking at modes of transport and the general environment to promote reduction in our carbon footprint and greater biodiversity.
The other committee which would be of interest is the States Trading and Advisory Board. As a successful business person I can bring a perspective of commerce and diligent management to ensure the businesses are run sensibility and profitably but meeting the needs of the the people.
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.
In business: I wrote a Code of Practice for both clients and contractors regarding the inspection of industrial chimneys and then through sitting on both European and international committees brought this work to a far wider audience as they prepared their own standards.
In the community: I have sponsored two of the fifty fibreglass goats that AUTISM GUERNSEY will auction next year to rise funds for this excellent charity which does wonderful work. My two goats will have designs prepared and be painted by students of St Sampson High School.
As a douzenier for St Sampson I am part of a team which has worked hard to try and prevent the parish and surrounding areas become a mass of development. The Development and Planning Committee appear to grant permission for building without due regard for the infrastructure and whether it can cope with everything that permission has been given for, whether in the end it is built or not.
I am a member of the Rotary Club of Guernsey an organisation which does a great deal of charitable works both on and off island.
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?Electronic voting. In recent years too many times the Bailiff has decided the outcome of a debate on the call of the Deputies and it can be a difficult call when the vote is noisy and close. However, when a recorded vote has then been requested the vote has gone the other way.
If there was electronic voting a definitive vote would be recorded and Deputies would have to make a personal decision and not necessarily watch how someone else votes and follow like a sheep or count votes and change the way you were going to vote to look good in the public eye. The votes would be recorded for anyone to be able to check and see how they are voting on certain matters.
What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?Having served on many different types of committees over the years I have learnt the value of listening to all sides of an honest argument and to realise what, overall, is to the benefit of the majority. This is also something I bring to business and look at problems and issues from all perspectives.
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?
I would abide with the decision of the majority subject to the arguments and facts having been placed truthfully and accurately and not skewed in favour of a certain outcome by members of a committee or those supplying the information. I will always retain the right to my own opinion but that does not mean I would block that of the majority and especially the people of Guernsey.
Any other comments you wish to add:
Each Deputy is a small cog but together we can become a great machine and, after the recession the current pandemic is causing, make Guernsey amazing again.