- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Peter John Roffey
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
1982-91 & 2000 – 2008 & 2016 – current
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
Housing Authority, Board of Health / HSSD, Ancient Monuments, Overseas Aid, IDC, Equal Pay Investigation Committee, Constitutional Review Investigation Committee, House Committee, Agriculture and Countryside, SACC, SMC, ESC, ESS.
- 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 have considerable commercial experience having been in a leadership position with the Channel Islanders Co-op for more than two decades before stepping down two and a half years ago.
During my time on the board and as p[resident and vice president the CICS went from being a relative minnow dwarfed by Le Riche and Bessants to being one of the island’s largest and most successful retail businesses. Following the Co-op Group’s existential crisis brought on by the financial crash and the travails of the Co-op bank I served for three years on it’s membership council and its business performance committee which involved regular meetings in Manchester. I am really proud at the way that multi billion pound business has been turned around and is now thriving.
For many years I was a Senior Broadcast Journalist [SBJ] with the BBC. That really helped to provide me with insights by looking at political issues from the other end of the telescope.
- 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 pretty much a full time politician – I serve on three very busy committees. Within the last ten years I have been president of the Channel Islands Co-op and been a commercial caterer cooking and selling vegetarian pies and pastries at various regular events. I am also a smallholder growing fruit and vegetables however I do this on a non-commercial basis.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I don’t plan to but I don’t completely rule it out so long as that activity allows me to still be pretty much a full time politician. I have a great capacity for hard work so could do full time hours at politics and something else on the side – but maybe it is time to stop burning the candle at both ends.
- 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 life has been incredibly varied. I have worked in the tomatoes. Driven tractors on a communal farm in Israel. Driven long distance buses across Asia.
Carried out various commercial roles and have lots of political experience. And lots of other stuff besides. I genuinely believe that such a breadth of experience helps in political decision making as you need to have lived life to achieve insights into what motivates people and what they need to be content.
There are several committees I would be interested in if I were lucky enough to be elected but I am not egocentric enough to decide which to go for until I see all 38 successful deputies. If I am one of them I will look at the other 37 and there skills and attributes will be a major factor in deciding where best I can put my shoulder in what I sincerely hope will a team effort.
- 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 chair of a local charity called Arpana Guernsey. “Arpana” is a Hindi word meaning “offering”. WE raise money locally to help some of the poorest of the poor in India through the provisions of medical care, education, rural development and irrigation projects.
- 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 really desperately hope we can see a more collaborative approach and less point scoring.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Heck – what an embarrassing question! I think I am intelligent enough to understand complex issues and caring enough to want outcomes which benifit all islanders but in particular the most vulnerable.
- 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?
Definitively yes. For example for me the most disappointing decision in my time in politics came in 2001 when the States decided to retain selective education but despite being in the States for the next 7 years I completely respected that democratic decision and did not try to undermine it because I accepted that constant uncertainty was the worst possible outcome.
- Any other comments you wish to add: