- 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?
Yes – 1994-2000 – Castel Deputy and Conseiller 2016 to date – Deputy – St Peter Port South
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
Yes – 1994-2000 various dates, Post Office Board, Telecoms Board, Sea Fisheries, Tourist Board, Board of Industry (President of Board of Industry three years), Member (three years) Advisory & Finance. 2016-2017 President – Economic Development. 2018 to date President STSB. – also more recently Member of what I call States Rules Committee.
- 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?
Barrister (Grays Inn) 1972, LLP – London, Advocate (1981) – Notary Public. I believe the skills and experience I have gained from the above have been invaluable to me in life generally.
I have also been a non executive Director and a professional Trustee – including in Guernsey as a non executive Director of Lazards and Chairman of Woolwich Guernsey. I am also actively involved in my family’s hospitality group and have other current business interests.
- 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)?
Lawyer – Trustee – Chairman, Hospitality group – which in normal years employs over 100 people. This year has been problematic because of the Virus and I have had to adapt the businesses.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
It will depend on whether if elected any position I may obtain. My attendance both at States and Committee meetings shows that whilst I work outside the States I discharge my duties as a States Member diligently and conscientiously.
- 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 am positive – proactive and make decisions quickly. I can process lots of information. I think in straight lines. I believe I could serve on any States Committee. I have really enjoyed my Presidency of the STSB but it is time to move on.
- 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 my work I have helped set up a new law firm. In my States work I particularly would have regard to the work of the STSB over the last two years or so. It is the most vibrant and active of States Committees. I would ask that note be taken also of the effective running of my other businesses.
As to charitable works, etc – I am engaged with charities outside the Island. On Island I regularly advise people pro bono.
- 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 time limit speeches. I would pass a rule that prevented – unless a significant change in circumstances – the same issue being debated again in the lifetime of the States.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
I think positivity and clear thinking – coupled with a forward looking attitude to life generally. Plus my business and lifetime experience. It has been a long and interesting journey from Charroterie.
- 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 have done so regularly. I have also had my view changed on various matters so I am influenced by sensible argument and information.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
This Election is important. I know they all are but this States will sit until June 2025. It will have to deal with the aftermath of Covid. It will have to resolve Education. It will have to manage peoples’ expectations.