- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Sam Peter Haskins
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- 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?Degree in Marine Engineering (with distinction)BCS Diploma in Business AnalysisBCS Certificate- Influencing and NegotiationCertificate in ITIL Customer Service Management
RYA Yacht-master Ocean
RYA Cruising Instructor
- 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)?Freelance Marine Engineer/Sailing InstructorCanary Islands | Sept 2019 to March 2020
Responsible for the overall maintenance and management of a fleet of 10 boats.I managed & provided support for up to three staff ensuring that they were allocated work accordingto their skill set as well as managing their schedules to prioritise work effectively and efficiently.I would often skipper private charters and perform sail training.Geothermal EntrepreneurCapeGeo| Aug 2018 to April 2019Involved in the start-up of a geothermal company (a renewable energy and energy efficiencyventure) that conceptualised geothermal projects for clients. It involved liaising, planning andpitching these to large property developers, investors and other enterprises.Engineering Officer
Anglo-Eastern & Hadley | Sept 2015 to April 2018
Working on 3 vessels. A 90m dive support vessel in the middle east and the others being on contract for the Ministry of Defence- 200m Ro-Ro Cargo vessels operating worldwide.Captain/EngineerTradewinds | Feb 2015 to Sept 2015Captain and assistant base engineer for 60ft catamarans in the Caribbean and Europe, taking up to12 guests on all-inclusive luxury holidays.Freelance Engineer/ Delivery SkipperGuernsey | June 2013 to Jan 2015Re-fitting/restoring a wooden sailboat including and organising re-wiring, re-plumbing, re-rigging,engine overhaul.Delivering private sailboats across the world, including trans-Atlantic.Senior Admin/Business AnalystGenerali Worldwide | June 2010 to Jan 2013Analysing business needs.Selecting, prioritising and implementing appropriate projects to continuingly improve online offering;Providing support to the company and its clients on online systems.
Effective communication in translating complex information so to enable successful undertaking and roll out to staff and internal/external stakeholders
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
No, my intention is to be fully committed. I do want to keep up to date with qualifications and personal growth.
- 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 have developed my skill set greatly, aiding me to become an excellent communicator as well as akeen leader with the ability to transfer knowledge & skill to others enabling me to maintain positiveand well-skilled crew and staff members.I am a team player who can work in demanding environments whilst maintaining a calm demeanour.I believe that due to my hands-on engineering experience and nature that I am uniquely able tounderstand various problems and very much enjoy problem-solving. I have a very high level ofattention to detail and like to do things by the book.
Committee: Environment and Infrastructure/Health and social care (mental health focus).
- 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.Great question. I have taught sailing to a high level (both on a paid and volunteering basis). I compare the crew to being the States, the Island to being the boat and the community of boaters being our community of Guernsey. I have learnt so many transferable skills from sailing and teaching.Before you jump to the conclusion that I am looking to be president of P&R- I’m purely trying to show that the role of captain/teacher has many transferable skills that I think will be useful in the states.
Every week I would be responsible for a new set of students with different abilities, from all walks of life and every corner of the globe. As the instructor, I am responsible for the entire crew. Brought together through choice, sharing a passion for a naturally environmentally focused sport. Each of us is immediately part of a greater community- the boating world. A world where we help each other in times of need, or just because we haven’t seen a friendly face in a while.
I have learnt to understand people (my crew) and use our skills, strengths and limitations to navigate the stormy seas. I have had to adapt teaching styles, negotiate, influence, calm and persuade other crew members. I have to inspire trust. Trust starts from believing that I will look after them and will make the tough decisions that are in the best interests of the entire crew, boat and often community.
Trust grows from seeing that when the tough decision is made- the outcomes are positive every time. We have to come back in one piece, together. We work together knowing that each of our jobs is crucial and part of a wider goal – to be safe and to have happy lives.The ocean (the world in this analogy) teaches the team (continually) that we must prepare for all eventualities, but also that there is usually something completely unexpected that crops up and that we cannot control. It can be life and death; we have to adapt and deal with whatever it throws at us. Being in charge, I have to keep calm under pressure- make swift, balanced, reasoned decisions with a huge understanding of the consequences. The tough times are character building, resilience building and the entire crew bond strongly together afterwards. The crew of all the other boats out there are facing the same storm.The training I give will be passed on to others and the friends and family of each person. I have learnt to communicate effectively and efficiently (even when I can’t physically be heard) and make sure all information passed on is done accurately, swiftly and efficiently.
I am responsible for everyone’s wellbeing. There are tough choices. I have to make unbiased assessments whether or not to give qualifications out to people, based on their ability and safety awareness, because they will be spreading this passion to their family and their friends- themselves taking charge of a boat. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions that upset people for the greater good.In summary and relating it to the question: Teaching sailing helps the wider community (of boaters) to stay safe and grow as individuals. From a work perspective, my job is to increase the level of competence of each crew member- but also to teach all the other aspects that being responsible for a boat entails. Every time we leave port both the community and my work benefitted. As a team we work together, solve the unexpected and come home safe. I think we should expect the same from our States.
- 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’d like to look at the drafting process. If there is a resource (or other) issue here preventing us from the speedy and efficient introduction of legislation, then I believe we need to urgently address this. We need to be able to act swiftly when we have agreed on the way forward.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?That’s a tough question! I think the primary attribute that potential deputies need is integrity. But I think your question is more aimed at what is my USP- and to that, I would have to answer being open-minded. Ironically, (although you’ll have to read everything I write and perhaps be open minded yourself) I think I’m demonstrating my point with my (entire) answer.Open-minded to me means:1) Open-minded: the ability to listen, be open and understand other (opposing) points of view without prejudice or defence.2) ‘Open’ part of the word: transparent, not stuck in a certain way.3) ‘Minded’: the ability to critically appraise multiple viewpoints, be informed, evaluate and decide.
With all the huge current issues. I think that a flexible, open-minded and adaptable approach is the best way forward.
- 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?
Of course. The real challenge is to elect candidates that are open-minded- those that can listen to the evidence, the opinion, the logic and have respectful debates where we all listen (and hear) what other deputies are saying, way up, balance and then respond (not react).
- Any other comments you wish to add:Thank you for reading any or all of my questions! I know there are many candidates, but with such a varied choice we can cherry-pick who we’d like to see help us realise a new, brighter future (together).