Simon Fairclough

Simon Fairclough

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Simon Fairclough

  2. AGE
    52

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    Forest

  4. OCCUPATION
    Broadcast Journalist
  5. EMAIL ADDRESS

    sifairclough@hotmail.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    http://simonfairclough.gg

  7. Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
    No

  8. Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
    No

  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?
    My degree was in Rural Resource Development. My specialisms were “Science and Politics in the Environment” and “Wildlife and Landscape Conservation”.

    When I worked at the States of Guernsey’s Department of Engineering I attended the Institute of Civil Engineers Management, Enterprise, Risk and Teamwork forum Other training courses include: Waste – what is the Best Practicable Environmental Option? Effective Project Management Financial Management and Awareness / Compiling and Controlling Budgets Accountability Workshops Setting and Monitoring Standards And I am a Certified Bio-indicator Data Collector! (looking into the effects of global warming long before it became “fashionable” to do so.

  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)?
    Up until recently I was Political Reporter for BBC Guernsey. I have given up this job to stand in the election, although I am now on unpaid leave as a Senior Journalist at the station. I also regularly perform the role as News Editor.

  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.
    I have worked across a number of industries – finance, travel, civil service (health and environment), am an expert on waste issues having worked in that area as a Project Manager, and more recently in broadcast journalism as a Sports Reporter and Political Commentator.

    The wide range of skills and experience I have gained throughout my career are transferable and would be valuable in many different ways, if I am elected. First and foremost I am a people person and enjoy meeting people and communicating with them.

    I believe this next Assembly has to work hard together in the best interests of the island and I believe my approach would support that. My expertise is in environmental issues so I would naturally be attracted to roles on Environment & Infrastructure, and possibly the States Trading Supervisory Board, but maybe also the Development & Planning Authority. I believe in strong Scrutiny so I would also be interested in the Scrutiny Management Committee, although I believe every member should be constantly scrutinising and challenging the work of all States Committees.

  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.
    I have organised beach cleans along Belle Greve Bay, as part of Beachwatch and undertaken challenges raising money for local charities – most recently cycling down every road in the island for the GSPCA to help them with funding during the Covid-19 crisis. But there is much work undertaken not only by me, but many members of the community and local charities, which is carried out quietly, away from the spotlight and people do not want recognition.

    And I respect that in an age when there are awards for this, that and the other. Many islanders do many intangible things for each other without wanting to be thanked or praised – and such acts are the very fabric of our society.

  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 think it will be hard to change anything. But we need to introduce electronic voting in the Assembly (another project that is long overdue). I think the focus in States debates should be on policy matters not operational issues – let the Committees get on and do the work in their mandates.

    I would favour a limit on speeches in the Assembly. There’s too much talk and too many days spent in States meetings. And I think we need to end the practice of late amendments which sometimes have far reaching consequences and on which the public haven’t been consulted.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    The ability to work with everyone, from all walks of life.

  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.

  18. Any other comments you wish to add:
    No