Since there will not be any hustings under the new electoral system, we have come together as a group to urge islanders to register to vote and to ask the candidates the questions you may have wanted to ask. No doubt all of the candidates will be providing manifestos but the questions we are asking will provide a way of seeing their responses in a systematic way.
We are not current politicians and we do not have any political ambitions for ourselves. We are not a political party and we are not here to give any recommendations or opinions about the candidates.
Jurat Alan Bisson MBE has had a lifelong career in Education. He holds degrees from Lampeter, London and Durham Universities. Alan taught in Nigeria, Essex, Yorkshire and Durham before returning to Guernsey as Assistant Director of Education. He became Headteacher of the Grammar School in 1982, retiring in 1996. Alan was elected a Jurat in 1996. He has various involvements with charities and sport.
Lord de Saumarez is a retired farmer and Company Director of several diverse businesses in England. He sat in the House of Lords from 1991 until 1999 and has never been a member of any political party. He acted as a School Governor for many years, while also being active with a range of ‘not for profit’ trusts, charities and sporting organisations. Since returning to Guernsey in 2006, he has taken a deep interest in the island’s history and culture.
Advocate John Langlois OBE was a member of the States between 1980 and 2004 (14 years as a Deputy and 10 as a Conseiller), during which time he served for 20 years on the senior committee, the Advisory and Finance Committee (6 as Vice President), 10 years as President of the IDC and 10 years as President of the Housing Authority. He has been involved in significant charity and church work around the world for 51 years, particularly human rights when he held Observer status at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Sir Geoffrey Rowland, QC practised as an Advocate (1971-1991). During that time he held office as Vice Chairman of the GFSC and served on many commercial company boards and charities. Subsequently, from 1992 until 2012, he progressed through successive Crown Offices finishing as Bailiff and Presiding Officer. Currently, he is the non-executive Chairman of Bailiwick Investments Ltd. and is patron or executive member of many charities.
Diane Ward, née Norman, is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Linguists, an Associate of The Chartered Insurance Institute, a Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. She is a founding member of The Institute of Risk Management and is a past President of The Insurance Institute of Guernsey. Diane helped establish Guernsey’s first resident captive insurance company manager, became a founding director of an international risk management consultancy and was a founder of The Islands’ Insurance Group. She served on the States’ Telecommunications Board and has been involved in various charitable organisations. Diane helped establish Guernsey U3A and is the leader of its Italian group.