- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Chartered Tax Adviser
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- 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?
- 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 am a Chartered Tax Adviser having completed professional exams on tax and accounting principles.
I achieved the Instute Medal whilst sitting those exams in recognition of gaining the best overall result in the UK.
I completed my A-Levels in 2009 and gained a A grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History.
- 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 Director of my tax business, Phil Smith Tax, which I set up in April this year when the original June election was pushed back a year. Prior to that I worked for PraxisIFM and Grant Thornton as a Tax Adviser.
Before my work as a Tax Adviser I held the following temporary roles: Engineer, Waiter, SEN Support Worker, Digital Content Creator.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
I intend to continue as a director of my tax business. When the election was brought back to October I debated whether to stand at this time as I did not want to let down my clients nor the electorate if doing both was too much.
Fortunately the business is still very small and now I’m through the start up phase it is a very minimal commitment. I can therefore take on the Deputy role full time. Keeping the business going will also allow me to keep a close watch on the pressures facing local businesses. In addition I intend to maintain one or two voluntary roles.
- 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.
Whilst not the most thrilling career I believe my experience as a Chartered Tax Adviser proves my ability to understand; the numbers, the complex legislation and the need to find solutions that work in the real world.
I am also adequately prepared for the administrative side having shifted countless government forms. However I believe the most important skill a Deputy needs is to be able to work with others to get policies agreed. PraxisIFM and Grant Thornton were both diverse organisations and I successfully worked with many teams to accomplish our objectives. I am also a keen sportsman having played rugby to a respectable level and I believe this shows my ability to work as part of a team.
In my personal capacity I am an avid reader of non-fiction; politics, history, business, philosophy etc and the knowledge and wisdom that comes from books should not be understated.
- 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 PraxisIFM I worked on various international committees to implement the ever expanding tax legislation, for example the Substance Requirements.
I successfully lead in some areas, such as on the technical, and happily supported colleagues on other areas, such as staff training. I have played rugby to a respectable level which I believe demonstrates my ability for teamwork. A personal achievement I’m particularly proud of is completing a full refurbishment on our family home in which my wife and I undertook the majority of the work. A great deal of teamwork was needed between my wife and I to successfully complete this project.
- 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?
The ability to call back a committee or members of a committee where they are not acting in the public interest.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
My ability to focus on the bigger picture and make small actionable steps towards achieving it.
- 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. Respect between members is of the utmost importance to the long term success of the committee and I move on from disagreements on the minor and instead focus on the greater objective.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
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