- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Shane Lenfestey Langlois
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
St Pierre Du Bois
Chartered Architect (retired)
- EMAIL ADDRESS
- MANIFESTO WEBSITE
- Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
I was a States Member during the 2008-12 and 2016-20 terms
- Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
I was a States Member during the 2008-12 and 2016-20 terms
- Have you ever served as a parish constable, douzenier or procureur of the poor and, if so, between which dates and which parish?
St Pierre du Bois
2003 Procureur of the Poor, 2004-06 Parish Constable, 2007-19 Douzenier, 2008-10 & 2012-18 Guernsey Douzaine Council, Chairman
- 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?
1972 BA in Architecture (Bristol University), 1974 Dipl. in Architecture (Bristol University), 1976 RIBA Pt III, chartered architect qualification, 1976-78 Architect in Bristol, 1979-1985 Architect in London, 1986-2002 Founder member and Financial Director of South Bank Architects, London 2003-2016 Consultant architect, Guernsey
- 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 formally retired in 2016 and since have devoted my work time to the two States Committees on which I have served.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
No, if re-elected I intend to continue devoting my time to whichever role(s) I have in the States
- 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.
Apart from the wide range of attributes required of an architect from imagination to an ability to run a building contract, there are basic analogies between the role of a States Member and the design process. In many instances a States Member’s role can be divided into four stages. Deciding whether a problem exists, accurately defining identified problems, devising and assessing various solutions and then implementing one of them.
What I know, because it was true in my professional life, is that first two stages are by far the most important if a project is to be successful. That should be self-evident but, for whatever reason, it doesn’t appear to be and impatience for the two later stages inevitably results in abortive work and failed projects. Doubling up as the financial director of our small firm gives me an insight into the trials and tribulations of the many similar sized firms that are so prevalent in the island.
If re-elected I would be interested in the two Committees I served on this term, the Committee for Employment & Social Security and the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure.
- 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.
This doesn’t quite fit into the five year time period but my main ‘project’, other than my work as a States Member, since I returned to the island has been to encourage the survival of our parish structure, primarily by disseminating information on the present roles of our parish officials and their relationship with parishioners.
We all know those roles are not what they once were and I had put together a website http://tinyurl.com/Gu-Parishes which amongst other things detailed the heights from which they have fallen!
In 2015, I revised the comprehensive compendium of relevant legislation I had compiled and issued to all the parishes. The original 2007 version had been used by the States Parochial Legislation WP as the basis for its work. I also devised the system which would translate the States TRP ratings into something the parishes could use to set their rates.
The Charter, signed by the Douzaines and the States, was written by me.
- 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?
There does need to be some fine-tuning of the new system of government. For instance whilst separating out responsibility for our trading bodies to the STSB has proved successful there should be
a slightly closer link to the related Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure. Perhaps no more than formal meetings every six months to discuss the inevitable overlap between policy and operational issues.
The split in the funding of health and care services, between general revenues and social security contributions, is particularly inefficient. The Committee for Health and Social Care has enough on its plate without having to deal with two Committees, P&R and E&SS, each holding a separate purse.
The role of the Committee for Economic Development should be re- visited. There needs to be a link between the States and commerce and a licensing regime for telecoms but other than that the Committee’s functions need definition. Governments do not have a great record for direct involvement in commerce.
The Scrutiny Management Board has not worked quite as well as expected and its powers need further consideration.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
That is for others to judge, I am not really interested in self-promotion or self-aggrandisement. However I do believe I have an ability to see problems, then analyse them thoroughly and objectively before arriving at a satisfactory solution. It is what I have been doing my whole working life and is a process applicable to the social, environmental and fiscal issues the island faces.
- 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?
As a member of the Partnership of Independents I have pledged to uphold the democratic decisions of the States in the absence of substantial additional evidence.
As a Committee member one has a choice if it takes a decision one doesn’t agree with, either accept it or resign. It is that simple.
- Any other comments you wish to add: