Rhian Tooley

Rhian Tooley

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Rhian Tooley

  2. AGE

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    Castel

  4. OCCUPATION
    Current Deputy

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    rhianguernsey@gmail.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    http://rhiantooley.gg

  7. Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
    Current Deputy 2016- present

  8. Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
    VP of H&SC 2016- present
    Member ESC 2018 – Present
    Member of the FPDG
    Reserve Member of the CCA
  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?
    BEd. (Hons)

  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)?
    Deputy HR Manager

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    No

  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.
    The States will need experienced deputies who understand how Guernsey works, who can roll up their sleeves and hit the ground running if we are to deliver the Revive and Thrive Strategy and kick-start Guernsey’s economy.

    We need to avoid the inertia of previous State’s Assemblies. We do not have the luxury of weeks of delay while deputies find their feet before we deliver our strategy for economic revival. We should not waste time revisiting issues which were resolved by previous administrations.

    I am an experienced Deputy, with a proven track record and the ability to work with those from across the political spectrum. I serve on two of the busiest and most demanding of the States’ principal committees, HSC and ESC, which between them control over £200m of States’ expenditure. On both committees we have delivered efficiencies and brought spending back under control.

    As V-P of HSC I was part of the team which developed our response to Covid19. I serve on the Future Partnership Delivery (Brexit Planning) Group and I am a reserve member of the CCA. I am passionate about Guernsey and proud to have represented Guernsey on both the British-Irish Council and the CPA.

    I am have a strong interest in justice and education. I am passionate about the work I have been involved in at HSC, seeing it through will be my priority. I come from a very ordinary working class family, where money was always tight. I understand first-hand the need to live within our means while striving to improve our situation and exceed expectations.

    I was the first in my family to go on to University and studied English and Drama with Education at Birmingham University. In my career I have dealt with people from all walks of life, often at times when they were most in need of support.

    The States benefits from my life experience and understanding of what life is like in the real world for many of us. I help to make the States more representative for the people of Guernsey.

  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.
    There are several projects I have been proud to have been involved in over the last few years. At HSC I was instrumental in the creation and development of the Partnership of Purpose.

    I’m delighted to have secured States funding for the vital work of the Language Commission having led on the Guernesiais language for ESC, working with leading academics from Cambridge University and The School of African Studies as well as local speakers and enthusiasts & representing Guernsey at the British Irish Council on Indigenous languages.

    I am the Guernsey representative for the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and have represented Guernsey in Cyprus, Wales, Scotland, Jersey and The Falklands.

    I set up the Guernsey Mums of Multiples group which provides a support network for parents of twins, triplets and more. Founder of the Guernsey Lilies WI group. Vice Chair of the Vauvert Primary School PTFA from 2011- 2016.

  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?
    I have at times been disturbed and disappointed by the attitudes and behaviours of some members of the States. It is one thing to disagree politically but at times this has demonstrated itself in a lack of respect, a failure to follow the rules of procedure and a culture of haranguing, bullying behaviour.

    While the majority, including those I work with most closely, are not guilty of this it must not be swept under the carpet or dismissed as “all part of politics”. This must change in the next States.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    I research, I listen, I am willing to find sensible compromise.

  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?
    Yes and I have done so on many occasions, I am working with the Partnership of Independents for precisely that reason.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    n/a