- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Ross Le Brun
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Small business owner
- 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 have a level 3 award in education and training which means I’m qualified to teach people over 18 years of age. This will help me deliver Information in an accessible way
- 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)?
Over the past 10 years I have successfully run my businesses. Labour Force which hires out manual workers to industry. Mole Excavating which is the Channel Islands only trenchless specialist. I also bought and operated an American hot dog cart.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
My business can still run easily without me as I can delegate responsibilities: Labour Force is mostly emails and phone calls which I have people lined up to take on. I also have a plan in place for the trenchless pipe and cable laying work.
- 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 whole purpose I am standing is because I see a lack of diversity and representation of the working population in the states. And I don’t just mean a diverse range in race, age or sex but a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences. I was raised in states housing and went on to state secondary education and now run a small business.
I’ve created my own income and businesses from scratch through hard work and determination in a difficult market. I didn’t have a privileged background or well off family to help me. I’m strong willed and determined and I think, a good creative thinker and problem solver. I can comprehend the social issues the island face because I see it in my working life every day. I can also understand the issue small-business face as I’m experiencing them myself!
- 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.
A few years ago I was one of the tenants at the Fontaine vinery light industrial yards. We were told we were being affected with nowhere else to go. I campaigned almost single-handedly and Played a big part in getting the new yards at Griffiths sorted. I have also campaigned for better pedestrian safety around Saumarez park. This resulted in some mirrors being installed by the states. It’s now much safer to cross the road in places.
- 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 personally engage the public more in the decisions that the states need to make. Take for instance, currently I am meeting the public every day at Saumarez park at 10 am. I would likely continue this on a countdown to a debate basis to show people what we are to be debating on so there are no shocks. Take the public with you on decisions.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Strong willed, Real-world working for myself experience, honest and can think outside of the box
- 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 think so
- Any other comments you wish to add:
Yes, please ask your candidates to meet you face-to-face. I am doing this because I want the voter to know who I am and what I am about. Don’t just swallow what has been written (potentially by someone else) on a manifesto. Go out and scrutinise them, where they have no prompting. If your candidate isn’t willing to do that when they want your vote, how will they listen to you when they are in?