Neil Cave

Neil Cave

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Neil Cave

  2. AGE
    55

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    Castel

  4. OCCUPATION
    Company Secretary

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    neilcave2020@gmail.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    N/A

  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?
    No.

  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?
    MSc in Corporate Governance (2009)
    Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators) (since 1995)
    MOE Certified Coach (2019)

    I have experience in various sectors in the Guernsey economy: Civil service (States Insurance (now Social Security) and Advisory & Finance (now Policy & Resources)) Specsavers Optical Group headquarters Credit Suisse Channel Islands) Ltd. I have a broad understanding of the different challenges faced in some sectors of our economy. I am keen that the States adhere to proper standards of governance, as this has been sadly lacking.

    My qualifications and work experience have given me an understanding of what good governance is and how it is applied within an organisation.

  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)?
    Country Company Secretarial Manager for Credit Suisse (Channel Islands) Ltd Currently unemployed following redundancy

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    I see the role as full-time employment.

  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 qualifications and role as Company Secretary are a good fit with the functions of the States. I am familiar with the work of boards and was responsible for adherence to Guernsey’s Code of Corporate Governance.

    I have an interest in economics and statistics (from my time in the Advisory & Finance – Economics & Statistics Department) where my work included the calculation of GNP, calculation of RPI and the census.

    I believe my skills, experience and knowledge would add value to any of the main committees and assist in meeting the many challenges faced by the States in the next term.

  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 have been a member of senior management and Company Secretary to numerous boards. I have constantly sought to improve myself and gained professional qualifications (Chartered Governance Institute and MSc in Corporate Governance).

    This “upskilling” has added value to the Guernsey economy both in the standard and nature of the work I am qualified to do.

  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?
    Freedom of Information legislation Electronic voting I would support time limits on speeches

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    I believe the States has forgotten that it is answerable to the public, thus, with my background in corporate governance I will be doing my best to hold committees to the highest standards of good governance including transparency around their decision-making process.

    I will commit to engaging with the community to seek differing opinions to develop my knowledge of the issues facing Islanders and to help bridge the current disconnect between the States and the public.

  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?
    I have worked as part of many teams and so long as there are clearly defined objectives then I have no concern if the majority decision on how to achieve those goals is not my preferred option.

    However, if I have a fundamental disagreement on a policy or it goes against my principles or ethics (and there is no way to voice my objection) then I would have to resign from that committee as I would be unable to justify defending such a course of action/decision.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    I have the life experience and qualifications to add something to the debates to held on the best way to move Guernsey forward. I am keen for the operation of government and the decision-making process to be transparent to the public. I would propose an investigate into the use of blockchain technology to engage with the public on major issues.