- Parish Vale
- Experience New Candidate
- Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
I’m 57, from a Guernsey family, married with children, stepchildren and grandchildren. I’m on the Vale Douzaine, Commons Council and the Vale Church Management Board. Since becoming Parish Procureur in the early nineties I have also been a Constable and Douzenier. Work life started at Tektronix followed by over 20 years in the motor trade. I have also worked for Social Security and now work for The Guernsey Housing Association.
- A strong history of parish service
- A passion for the unique culture we have in Guernsey
- The energy to deliver
- Forward thinking but valuing heritage
- Fair-minded to all
Guernsey needs a resilient government to tackle the challenges ahead. With a strong history of parish service, and the energy to devote myself 100% to the task, I believe I can be your voice in the States of Deliberation.
Health: All of us will have been recipients of aspects of our health service. For a small island I think we do very well. Although I’m not going to fill this manifesto with promises, I will always support paying nurses and healthcare professionals a wage which better reflects their importance. We are in the position of having to recruit staff from outside the island. Is it time to significantly increase salaries and thereby reduce our relocation costs as local people look at a career in healthcare?
Education: Ironically the increasing prosperity of the 80s and 90s meant that the 11 plus became skewed as some could afford tutoring. If two large schools are the way forward for ensuring a solid educational foundation for our children, then I will need to be convinced about the many questions this policy raises. Whilst the ‘pause and review’ requete brings its own problems in terms of delay, I cannot ignore the importance of listening to teachers on matters of education.
The Economy: My family’s business included tomato packing years ago, but those days are gone. The island way is to adapt and prosper however and Guernsey is now a significant player in the world of finance. I will do everything in my power to protect and encourage this industry. We need to be well regulated and adaptable in order to prosper and I welcome new initiatives and businesses which add to our offering. Of course, the non-finance sector is just as important and I would like to see far less red tape impeding those people who seek to invest in this island. The builders, tradesmen, I.T. experts and many other industries are also key to our recovery from the pandemic. It’s fine to talk about how the money comes in but of course it goes out just as swiftly! My father was here during the occupation and I was brought up to be thrifty. For just 62,000 people, we spend too much money trying to justify our decisions. Experts are brought in and sizable reports are written so that, when a decision is made, everyone can point elsewhere when things go wrong. There is a fine balance between good corporate governance and efficiency and I don’t think we have it quite right. Tough times are ahead as we rebuild our economy and we need to be able to tell the difference between the necessary and the nice to have.
The Environment: We have come a long way recently. We are part of a global picture and we all need to play our part where we can. We would all like to see a sustainable traffic strategy succeed. I believe that workplace initiatives and a flexible attitude to commuting are every bit as important as expensive traffic schemes. The traffic problem is self-perpetuating as parents understandably drive their children to school because of lack of time or very real road safety issues. If we can begin to change this culture, then we are making a good start. That said, I am not in favour of just increasing the cost of car usage as this would impact unfairly on young families and the elderly.
Employment and Social Security: Having experienced redundancy some years ago I know exactly what it feels like. However, we can be grateful that unemployment is still relatively low in the island and the staff at Wheadon House provide a great service. There are still some big challenges ahead though. Our Long Term Care scheme is not sustainable and changes are inevitable. Any proposals however, which don’t address the scheme’s full accessibility to non-locals after just five years residency will not find favour with me, particularly if people who have lived and worked in Guernsey all their lives find their options reduced.
Housing: Everyone has a right to adequate housing. The provision of social housing is something I am currently involved in and it is immensely satisfying to see young families move into decent accommodation where they see a bright future. The same is true when older people are able to move out of unsuitable accommodation into a single storey home. I recognise how difficult it is to save for a deposit, particularly when lifestyles place more demands on our finances. However, I reject the notion that young people have absolutely no chance of property ownership in Guernsey and I’m aware of plenty examples of hard-earned steps on the housing ladder. Much in the same way that the GHA builds identical homes for rental and partial ownership, I believe that those in the private rental sector also have every right to good, clean accommodation with fair and transparent leases.
It’s impossible to cover every aspect of island life in a short manifesto but I hope I have given you an idea of who I am and how I can work hard for the good of the island. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. Should I be fortunate enough to be elected I will resign my position at the GHA to commit 100% to States work.