- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Deputy for the South East District 2016 to 2020
Former Chief of the Guernsey Border Agency
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
Member of the States of Deliberation for the South East District 2016 to 2020
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
I have served on :- The Committee for Health and Social Care 2016 to 2020 and The Committee for Home Affairs 2016 to 2019 – Vice President 2018/2019
- 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?
Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators (MIPI)
Member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)
Numerous certified professional training undertaken in: Management, training accreditation and assessment, Law Enforcement, Anti Money Laundering, Immigration and Nationality and Border Control.
- 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)?
Political Experience: First elected Peoples’ Deputy in 2016 – South East District.
Member of Home Affairs Committee (CfHA) – 2016 to 2019 – Vice President from 2018.
Member of Health and Social Care (CfHSC) – 2016 – 2020 term.
Fully involved in the CfHSC response to COVID 19, the Hospital Modernisation Programme and the “Partnership of Purpose” Health and Social Care strategy.
Campaigned for and a signatory to successful Secondary Education “Pause and Review” Requete – 2020.
Member of the Policy and Resources (P&R) BREXIT group 2017 -2019
Led Amendment to the P&R plan, resolving for P&R to commence negotiations with UK government on a Reciprocal Health Agreement, similar to Jersey and the Isle of Man – 2019
Personal History: Educated at St Martins School (where my late mum was a teacher) and Elizabeth College.
40 year + Career in the Customs and Immigration Department (now the Guernsey Border Agency).
Chief Officer for eight years in Customs and Immigration, having held the position of Senior Officer, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief.
Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators (MIPI).
Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the charity Drug Concern – (now renamed In-dependence).
Former Management and Information Security Consultant for a successful local IT business.
Elected as a People’s Deputy for the South East District – May 2016.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
No. I shall, if elected, dedicate all my time and energy to being a Peoples’ Deputy, as I have done this term
- 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 married to Sharon and have two grown up children. We were all educated in Guernsey. I attended to St Martins School and Elizabeth College. Upon leaving education I joined the Customs and Immigration Department (now the Guernsey Border Agency) and worked through the ranks to become Chief Officer for 8 years. I therefore have gained extensive experience in high level criminal investigations presented to the Royal Court.
I also had the honour to Chair the Bailiwick Financial Crime and Anti Money Laundering Committee. One of its functions was to ensure Guernsey’s compliance with the international standards (set by FATF). In 2010 the island was evaluated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and we achieved a very high standard of Compliance.
I have also acquired knowledge in the collection and accounting for indirect taxation, Immigration, passport issuance and aspects of the many border controls which apply to this Bailiwick. This background is currently very pertinent politically, due to the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the Economic Union and the ongoing “future relationship” negotiations between the UK and the EU 27. I was also a member of the Policy and Resources BREXIT Group this term, drawing from this knowledge base.
The UK’s interests will not always coincide with ours and our place in the world and ability to make our own decision has never been so important. I can also draw from these experiences and my learning resulting from my membership of two major Committees – Health and Home. Furthermore I am a former member of the Board of Directors of the charity Drug Concern (now called In-Dependence) and I was a former Management and Information Security Consultant for a successful local IT company.
I have therefore attained a cross section of experience in the public, private and third sectors.
- 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 addition to the above I would note that I enjoy sport especially football and was the President of the Sunday Soccer League for many years. I also enjoy running, walking, cycling and family time.
- 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?
Our current system of government, agreed by the 2012 to 2016 States, but only implemented this term, needs urgent review. The P&R Committee are divorced from the delivery end of government responsibility and there is a disconnection not seen in other parliamentary systems.
Our Committee structure desperately needs change and become a more collaborative and collective system. It is also vitally important that the new States concentrates on growing the economy and fiscal policy. This is necessary to complete important projects.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
If elected:- I will serve the island I love, with passion and commitment to the very best of my ability. I will represent the electorate by being consistent with my stated aims and values. I will listen and fully respect the views of others. I am a team player and will collaborate with colleagues in the pursuit of common goals and in the interests of good government.
I have huge respect for our community and I understand that, above all else, it is them I serve. I thrive by working hard and will always, seek out the evidence. I am a person of integrity and I believe this is a prerequisite for those in public life.
- 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 thrive by working hard and conducting full research. I will listen and fully respect the views of others. I am a team player and will collaborate with colleagues in the pursuit of common goals and in the interests of good government.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
It would be an honour to be able to continue to serve the island to the best of my ability should I be re-elected for a second term.