- NAME OF CANDIDATE
Simon Peter James Vermeulen
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
- 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 43 years leadership experience having built, developed and run one of Guernsey’s landmark hotels on the island’s West Coast. During that time I built a diverse team, motivated and challenged individuals to give their very best to working towards a common purpose.
I originally trained as a Carpenter and Joiner with a City and Guilds advanced craft qualification (distinction), this led to property development and latterly Hotel management at Board level. During this time I worked extensively in various roles with the States of Guernsey, Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and Visit Guernsey on key recent political issues.
I believe my experience of living in Guernsey, doing business in Guernsey (listening and doing) and understanding the opportunities the island has to thrive provides me with a good skills base to become your Deputy.
- 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 am currently retired having sold my business and associated shareholdings in 2018. I was previously Managing Director of a Hotel and Golf Resort on Guernsey’s West Coast.
I originally trained as a Carpenter and Joiner. I was also most recently an industry Head for Tourism for Guernsey’s Chamber of Commerce.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
No, I do not intend taking on additional 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.
I believe the experience of living and working in Guernsey and particularly in sectors which are central to our economy, provide me with an insider view on what works and what doesn’t but more importantly what opportunities exist. I am a Guernseyman and I and my family are living, working and doing business here.
You can’t replicate first hand experience but also have the ability to take a retrospective view. Leadership, management, problem solving, ambition, courage, determination to succeed and make Guernsey competitive are core. As a businessman I have experience in budgeting and areas such as staff retention, air and sea links, planning and licence applications to name a few practical areas where I believe transferable skills and experience exists. I am close to a number of sectors of the economy and I believe this is of vital importance to be in touch and have first hand knowledge and experience to make evidence and solution based decisions that will have the maximum benefit to islanders and the economy.
- 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 worked with the Hospitality and Retail sector to lobby and enable changes to the Population Management Law which whilst didn’t make it perfect made it more flexible for different sectors of the economy to recruit and retain. This involved working with a number of the professional trade community and the various States departments. I also lobbied the States to reject updating the Reform Law which would have delayed the Election until 2021, I believe islanders deserve the opportunity to use their democratic rights. The Election is now taking place in October 2020.
- 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 would be naive as a new comer to the States to suggest outright procedure changes until I have had practice of the system and have undertaken these procedures myself. Perhaps you could ask me 100 days in, should I be successful.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
I am a passionate determined Guernseyman with an absolute love of our island and its people. This shouldn’t be underestimated, it’s a driving force to want to contribute and make a difference. Let’s #GetGuernseyGoing.
- 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?
In any business you have to be respectful of all opinions and decisions including some which you do not share. I am firm believer in doing the right thing in a fair and equitable way. If decisions are made in the right way after productive debate and good governance practices a decision by consensus need to be that a decision. The flip flop decisions of the last States have been its downfall and this needs to be changed.
- Any other comments you wish to add: