Victoria Russell

Victoria Russell

    1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
      Victoria Russell (Tory)

    2. AGE
      62

    3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
      St Peter Port

    4. OCCUPATION
      Chairman of a Charity

    5. EMAIL ADDRESS
      toryrussell57@gmail.com

    6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
      http://victoriarussell.co

    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?
      I have been on the Tax and Planning Tribunals

    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?
      A qualified State Registered Nurse, Retail management training, Accountancy and Bookkeeping Life skills are serving on the boards of six voluntary organisations as Member and Chairman. Also a Shadow Board member Of the College of Further Education.

    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)?
      I am not employed. I am Chairman of SANE a national Mental Health Charity

    12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
      I intend, with the Boards approval, to continue working for SANE. I will step down from the Tax and Planning Tribunals.

    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 believe my experience working on voluntary Boards both as Member and Chairman is essential to working collaboratively on States Committees. I have experience in reading balance sheets and board papers, taking and implementing decisions. The two committees where I have a natural fit are Health and Education.

    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 been involved with the adaptation of SANE to the Covid crisis that meant we had to re-think how we used our volunteers to reach out to those in trouble. Our call back service increased by 200% in two weeks in March and rising in the following 4 months week on week. My role has been oversight, support, critical thinking, leading to writing a proposal for the Board and will involve implementation going forwards.

    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?
      The structure, governance and accountability of the committee system needs to be altered to cope with the necessary reaction to Covid and to be far more nimble in implementation of any ‘Revive and Thrive’.

    16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
      An ability to listen, evaluate and take decisions on a wide range of subjects. To see the bigger picture see through to the second and third order effects of proposals.

    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?
      If there has been well informed debate and the conclusions are well argued then I have no problem going with the majority decision.

    18. Any other comments you wish to add:
      n/a