- NAME OF CANDIDATE
- PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
Retired Airline Pilot and RAF Officer
- 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?
Syd was invited to hold office in the Forest Parish Douzaine which he could not take up because of his random any day of the week, early or late shift, work pattern.
- 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?
Syd was educated to Grade 10 in Canada then obtained “O” Level and “A” level qualifications in Devon. He joined the RAF training as a pilot, his life-long ambition.
- 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)?
Syd recently presented with a minor medical condition. The medication prescribed prevents him from flying but not driving. He is therefore currently classed as retired.
- Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
Syd is now available to be a full time deputy but will have part time employment as a consultant in aviation.
- 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.
A military career offers diverse experiences which servicemen take for granted. For Syd it was things like working at the Ministry of Defence in London, flying in the Falklands and Northern Iraq, organising major parades, participating in Courts Martial, supporting the Kenyan wildlife service, managing a flying training squadron. The list continues. Syd has brought up his family in Guernsey. He is in the later stages of paying off a mortgage and is supporting a child through university.
- 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.
The management style required in normal life enhances his previous experience meaning that he has a flexible adaptable management style.
- 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?
Syd has been involved in the Forest Parish Church He has for many years been a crew a member of the Channel Island Air Search.
- What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
Syd has six decades of life experience in three counties and two continents. Syd would call himself middle class with knowledge of the struggles and rewards that has exposed him to.
- 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?
Syd can listen to and participate in debates and sit on committees. After rigorous debate, if required, majority decisions are the backbone of democracy and abiding by them means that progress is made in their implementation.
- Any other comments you wish to add:
Syd is not standing as a candidate for one term. He intends to seek re-election in 2024 with a option to continue past 2028.