Yvonne Burford

Yvonne Burford

  1. NAME OF CANDIDATE
    Yvonne BURFORD

  2. AGE
    60

  3. PARISH WHERE RESIDENT AT PRESENT
    St Saviour

  4. OCCUPATION
    Ex airline pilot and former deputy

  5. EMAIL ADDRESS
    yvonneburfordgsy@gmail.com

  6. MANIFESTO WEBSITE
    http://yvonneburford.com

  7. Have you previously been a member of the States and, if so, between which dates?
    Yes. 2012-16

  8. Have you ever served on any States’ committees and, if so, which ones and when?
    Public Service Department 2012-14
    Environment Department 2012-16

  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?
    Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction.
    Institute of Directors Certificate in Company Direction

  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)?
    Occupations in last 10 years: Airline Captain; States Deputy Director, Safer and Women’s Refuge (unpaid)

  12. Do you intend to carry on working besides fulfilling your duties as a States’ member if elected?
    No. If elected I would not work for any other employer for the duration of the term.

  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.
    My experience spans the local finance industry in various roles, the airline industry including as a Captain for BA on 737s and 4 years in the States as a Deputy including as a Minister. I gained a Masters in Renewable Energy in 2011 and the IoD Certificate this year.

    I have worked in the voluntary sector on the Independent Monitoring Panel at the Prison, as a Director for Safer, the domestic abuse charity, and as a recent President of La Société Guernesiaise. I also flew as a pilot for Airsearch for 15 years for which I was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for Voluntary Service.

    My experience spans across social, fiscal, environmental and political spheres. It includes leadership roles and, importantly, working as a team member as part of an aircraft crew as well as on Boards and Committees. I believe this gives me many transferable skills for the role of Deputy and if elected would make me suitable to serve on Policy and Resources or Home Affairs.

  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 was President of La Société Guernesiaise from 2018-20. I undertook a project to refresh this esteemed organisation and worked with Council and subgroups to increase the profile of the organisation and increase the membership.

    I have not undertaken paid employment in the last 4 years as I have been doing voluntary work.

  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 believe procurement processes should be streamlined. Some of the complexity is related to fair tendering requirements and of course fairness and transparency is vital, but the process is slow and overly bureaucratic as I experienced when last in the States.

  16. What do you regard as the prime attribute or special skill you have to serve the island as a deputy?
    Broad-ranging experience. A deputy’s work covers a huge range of topics and having a broad understanding of matters helps one get across the detail more easily as well as making it easier to know the questions that need asking.

  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:
    My experience spans across economic, environmental, social and political issues. I’m not afraid to put my head above the parapet or ask seemingly obvious or difficult questions of anyone. I have friends across the political spectrum and enjoy lively conversations and I’m open to hearing new evidence that changes my mind. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.