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Sasha Kazantseva-Miller

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  • Parish St Peter Port
  • Experience New Candidate
  • Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
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Personal Statement

I’m an experienced business and community leader that gets things done. With my commercial acumen, passion for sustainability, international and local experience I can help advance the economic, environmental and social changes we want to see on our island. Please vote for me to see a new style of behaviour, collaboration and energy in the States to help solve the complex challenges facing our community.

I’m married to Geoff Miller and we have three children, all born in Guernsey. I speak three languages fluently and have lived in London, Singapore, Bangkok, Madrid, Moscow and Ulaan Bataar, working for global brands, startups and small businesses and sitting on a variety of boards. Since choosing to make Guernsey home eight years ago, I have been actively involved with business, sports and the third sector as board member at Guernsey Ports and Startup Guernsey, a participant at the Island Games 2017, co-founder of Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Initiative, co-founder of Afaafa, a Guernsey-based investment and advisory business, and co-host of the Transition Islands podcast exploring ideas for sustainable development. I also ran Island Mums between 2015 and 2020 - a community organisation, which grew to serve 1000+ households and 100+ local businesses. I believe that living on an island we have a unique opportunity to effect positive change in a way that’s just not possible in larger countries. Taking the right action together as a community, like we did around Covid-19, we can genuinely improve lives and build a sustainable future.

  • International business executive - Google, L’Oreal and Priceline
  • MBA from INSEAD, BSc from London School of Economics
  • Entrepreneur and board member - Guernsey Ports, Island Mums, Afaafa, Transition Islands
  • Community involvement - Chamber of Commerce, Startup Guernsey, Island Games
  • Focus on economy, infrastructure and sustainable development

Manifesto

Action for the economy, environment and education

There’s much we love about Guernsey and want to preserve. Yet, we need to invest in our future, enabling a sustainable, adaptable economy, fully funding public services and ensuring good value for money.

Infrastructure, Connectivity and Efficiency

We should strive for consistent public sector efficiency. I would support Guernsey Ports, Water and Dairy to be run more independently, while retaining States ownership, like Guernsey Electricity and Post. Upgrading our harbour will help meet the island’s connectivity, commercial, recreation, tourism and sea defence needs for the next 50 years.

Governance and Engagement

We’ve significantly underinvested in our island. I would push for more transparent and accountable governance to manage capital investments effectively, such as a Revive and Thrive Development Board and Seafront Enhancement Corporation. I believe that the government and private sector should work closer together and support creation of an Economic Advisory Council.

Finance and Innovation

Accelerating support for Finance, such as Green Finance and Fintech, is an opportunity for ongoing innovation and “walking the walk”. With my expertise in startups and investments, I would support reviewing Locate Guernsey and Digital Greenhouse mandates, so they can provide business relocation and set-up incentives and launch an Enterprise
Investment Scheme.

Green Energy Fund and Climate Action

Let’s be bold and invest now in energy transition and climate action by launching a £50 million Green Energy Fund, providing household grants to install electric boilers and make home insulation improvements. I’d like to see more locally grown food via community gardens, hedge veg and commercial growing. I will promote circular economic thinking such as on-island food and green waste composting.

Tourism and Nature

I would emphasise our unique heritage and explore investments into culture, active and nature-based tourism - a Victor Hugo Centre, water-sports marina, bathing pools and sports tourism. Creation of land and marine conservation areas, a Centre for Nature and elimination of chemicals will improve the quality of our environment and attract eco-tourism.

Education and Skills

Investment into our people’s education and health should remain a top priority, based on a lifelong learning skills strategy. We must bring constructive progress to the secondary school debate following Pause and Review. I am a keen supporter of the Guernsey Institute and University developments with specialist faculties such as Sustainable Finance, Business Education and Maritime.

Sustainable Tax and Employment

We must address the complex debate on tax while retaining competitiveness and sharing the burden fairly. The level of change required will depend on how well we invest in our economy and how far we move on public service reform. I am against any tax changes that make lower income households worse off. Creating the conditions for more people to return to, or stay in, employment for longer (such as mums and older generations) is helpful, together with a flexible population regime and progress on the pay-for-equal-value agenda.

 

"Sasha's experiences across a wide range of business, social, environmental and innovation areas locally and internationally would make her an outstanding addition to the States."

John Hollis, proposer

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

I've been on the board of Guernsey Ports since 2019, a sub-committee of the States Trading Supervisory Board, and experience that has given me a direct insight into some of the States processes. I have contributed by providing critical feedback, questions and fresh points of view to advance the discussions and debates. I've specificaly contributed with the business acumen and experience I have working in technology, sustainability and customer-facing roles.

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

We probably have the lowest number of people on short-term licenses than ever in the last few years as many were not employed for the hospitality sector due to Covid. Jobs of license-holders are attached to their existing jobs, which they cannot transfer elsewhere. So anyone who can legitimately remain here and is in unemployment, whether local by birth or by other status, should have the same rights as anyone else on the island as otherwise they may be subject to discriminatory treatment. The licensing regime prioritises giving licenses to positions that cannot be filled locally.

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

Fund energy transition to cleaner energy - launch a £50 million Green Energy Fund, giving household grants to improve building insulation and move to electric heating. Set ambitious renewable energy targets. Ensure solar panels are installed on all States buildings. Advance Transport Strategy to promote more active travel with cycling and walking. Further reduce waste and create on-island food and green waste recycling. Moratorium on oil and gas heating by 2035.

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

Absolutely, I also live in St Peter Port, on the border with St Sampson but have friends and interests all around the island. The reason I am standing is very much because of the opportunity Island Wide Voting provides to be a representative of all the people of Guernsey.

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

The statistics are worrying because we have brownfield sites that are undeveloped and we have properties, commercial and residential that are empty, so we need to address. However, if gardens are managed in nature-loving ways, without chemicals, artifical grass and encouraging biodiversity and soil health, then loss of agricultural land may not be as big of a problem as perceived.

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

My biggest commitment is to working together, honouring majority decision-making and consensus government - a pledge I've signed as a candidate standing with the Guernsey Partnership of Indepedents. The rest of my manifesto outlines some of my values, thinking and ideas which I can help advance but remain under no illusion that it will be no easy feat.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

Guernsey has a duty and obligation to manage its environmental footprint and negative effects at least in proportion to its population and consumption of resources. It has an opportunity to have an even bigger impact as it's managing £280+ billion of other people's assets and can help influence how and where this money is invested through the Green Finance framework.

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

Ability to take people on board, delegation of responsibilities and decisions, empathy, humility and humbleness, knowing when to say "sorry" and "I was wrong", being bold to set an ambitious vision for Guernsey. Experience in the States.

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

Various aspects need to be taken into account here, one of them being the security of providing connectivity services. A runway extension could potentially make the Aurigny position unviable if it were to sell-off its slots in Gatwick to low-cost airlines. Such aspect of the "connectivity" trilemma may not be address by the Cost-Benefit-Analysis and so it's essential that any Cost-Beneif evaluation takes into account the wider vision for Aurigny and the island connectivty. I was part of the consulation when the previous analysis was conducted and had concerns about the underlying assumptions so I would make sure to examine business cases with diligence to ensure we make the right decisions for islanders.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

We pride ourselves as a tax-efficient jurisdiction, competitive and attractive on a global scale. This underpins our prosperity and attractiveness for the finance industry and relocation of businesses and individuals. So while tax diversification may sound appealing in principle, in practice I believe we have a reasonably limited choice as we want to avoid having inheritance and capital gains taxes. The most likely options for such diversification will be a GST and/or a corporate tax. I am against any taxation that makes lower-income households worse-off. We used to have a corporate tax before the Zero-10 regime so have exprience with that model. There are ways to introduce GST together with increasing income threshholds for tax payment and income support that would not make lower-households worse-off. In summary, no easy answer here and we should try avoid any increase in taxes by continuing to invest in our economy and infrastructure, progressing with public sector reform and seeking efficiencies in public services such as through spinning-out Guernsey Ports, Water and Dairy to be run more independently like Electricity and Post.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

I welcomed the increase in maternity pay and provision with the last States through my work with Island Mums but would like see more done. We could advocate for an increase in un-paid statutory leave (e.g. to 52 weeks) as well as shared parental leave. Bigger companies with internationanl offices are often following best practices elsewhere, however, the majority of Guernsey economy is small businesses and self-employed so it's important we balance their situation with the right protection and support for parents as well.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

Yes, a strong long-term vision rallying the community behind so we can all sing and dance in the same direction. My vision is for is of a healthy, resilient and compassionate community, living in a thriving economy, in balance with nature.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

While use of cars will remain essential to islanders, I do agree we should incentivise reduction in car usage, especially for single occupancy work-commute. This will have health benefits, reduce air and noise pollution and improve life for all islanders as we saw during lock-down. I would like to see more businesses, incuding the Civil Service continue with flexible and remote working. Have more cycle-lanes or one-way systems especially with the Rouette Tranquilles networks. Work with schools to have more walking/cycling programs + bike racks. Continue building bike racks infrastructure around the island. I also believe that highly polluting cars (like SUVs) need to pay extra and would welcome a carbon tax.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Public services should strive for operational efficiencies and value-for-money. If there are clear ways where private sector can do the job better, we should explore those outsourcing contracts. I think we can also do more with a public-private partnership approach. Running the public sector is more complex than a business so outsourcing is not always possible because of the need to carefully balance policy and operations.

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

I welcome the approval of the Climate Action Policy and Strategy for Nature. Both focus quite a bit on the education and awareness. I also really like the idea for the Centre of Nature, which will focus such efforts further. I think it's essential there is more ongoing environmental curriculum in schools and College of Further Education, including opportunities for practical projects with environmental and conversation charities. Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Business Initiative is doing some great work promoting environmental thinking to businesses, I would support that through Economic Development.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

Growth does not need to be "bad" by itself - it's growth linked to fossil-fuels, destructive practices and unsustainable resource extraction we witness today that is. We can have sustainable economic growth which derives from investment in clean energy and transport, healthy food systems and land management, conservation, efficient and eco-friendly production of goods and services and businesses designed around circular economic principles, eliminating waste and embracing repair, reuse and recycling.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

Environment and Infrastructure have developed a Transport Strategy with a hierarchy of transport methods by preference - active mobility being at the top and single-occupancy car-usage at the bottom. I would like to see more businesses, incuding Civil Service continue with flexible and remote working. Have more cycle-lanes or one-way systems especially with the Rouette Tranquilles networks. Work with schools to have more walking/cycling programs + bike racks. Continue building bike racks infrastructure around the island. I also believe that highly polluting cars (like SUVs) need to pay extra and would welcome a carbon tax. I would continue exploring opportunity to source custom-made electric buses and share production with other jurisdictions like Jersey and Gibraltar. Many changes including improving cycling infrastructure don't need to be expensive, more than anything they require a political will to upend the existing road-usage system. I would explore ideas for a carbon tax or carbon inset system focused on businesses that can also fund some of the programs.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

Moratorium on petrol car sales by 2035. Improvement in electric charging infrastructure. States vehicles to convert to electric by 2030. Carbon tax for cars of a certain size and pollution levels. Improving public transport and moving to custom-made electric buses. Improving cycling and walking routes.

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

Fund the Strategy for Nature and create of a Centre for Nature. Promote and advance work of the biodiversity and environmental initiatives locally such as through the Social Investment Fund. Ensure all States Trading Assets embrace and abide by the environmental policies, seeking to maximise biodiversity gain - some great work being done by Guernsey Water in particular.

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

Guernsey Ports are investigating the demands for the future of Commercial Port facilities after a requette that came into effect last year. The outcome of this investigation and the States decision where Commercial Port facilities (the big boats) should be located is essential for determining what happens to the rest of ideas for Seafront Enhancement. Opportunity to move big boats out of the St Peter Port Harbour to a new facility up North or East, can free up space in the Harbour to be used for commercial, tourism and recreational uses. Guernsey Partnership of Independents is committed to infrastructure developments, including the Harbour enhancement. However, it's also essential that the enhancements trully add value and appeal of the Seafront and respond to concerns that it might take-away and be horrible and ugly port developments that take-away from the quaintness of town.

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?

Yes and there is a global scientific consensus that this is the case.

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

I hope there are still opportunities to explore additional sites and use, such as using inert waste to enhance the Seafront and Harbours. I will work to ensure environmental assessments and viewpoints are considered. It is always a hard balance to have on small islands with high density of population.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) has recommended that we must seek to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees and achieve so by 2050 to help avoid tipping points and unmanageable consequences. This milestones is endorsed by the Paris Climate Agreement. We have made the commitment to decarbonisation by 2050 and have much work to do to make it happen. Once the momentum starts shifting and progress happening, we can choose to achieve net-zero earlier. I would rather we get started and have positive traction under what are internationally agreed targets than try to move the goal post now.

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

Aurigny losses are worrying. Policy and Resources have committed to a review on Aurigny alongside the review of air and sea-links. I am encouraged that the airline is getting a new Chairman and CEO and hope this also brings from fresh thinking to operations. I do think, there is a huge value of having a national airline because it provides a security of connectivity, however it has to balance against the cost and losses.

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

I would like to see a comprehensive review and plan for our sea-defences in general, which will help inform what we should really do with L'Ancresse. Sea-defences is a subject we don't talk enough about but with sea-level rises can and will have dramatic implications for islanders especially those living in the lower parishes such as Vale and St Sampson.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

I am committed to reviewing evidence developed by Pause and Review investigating the four different models and make an informed decision on that basis. I believe, there is not model that will tick all the boxes and so we will have to make compromises. I sincerely hope though that the education debate moves beyond the walls and logistics and that we focus first and foremost on delivering the right system fit for purpose for decades to come.

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

The island has been prudent with its finances, which meant we have been able to tap into those reserves during Covid. However, we have indeed underinvested significantly in capital projects and infrastructure - however I believe most of such projects should be able to pay for themselves. There is work to be done on public sector reform and having more freedom to operate Ports, Dairy and Water as stand-alone entities. However, we do seem to have increased pressure on finances through commitment to various social policies including secondary pension, long term care and NICE drugs among others, which may require structural adjusment of taxes. A fiscal review is underway, so this should be a big subject for the net Assembly. Reviewing the place of corporate tax and 0-10 regime may or may not be one of the ways.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

Citizen Advice Bureau highlighted a lack of customer protection legislation as one of the four issues their users contantly face. So it sounds like it would be something to look into as an important piece of protection that is currently completely missing and affects areas like construction, internet and phone services.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

Yes, I have and glad that this is now being sorted by the new legislation. Hopefully, it will come into effect next term.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

Currently, all Covid19 packages are supported by the capital reserves built up over the last decade, there is currently no borrowing to fund Covid, although a revolving credit facility is available if the island needs it. The question about what to do with our utilities is a great one and I believe there is a variety of options we can explore. Personally, I think we should retain States ownership but make sure all trading assets like Ports, Water and Dairy are run more independently, in the same capacity as Guersnsey Electricity and Post.

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

The trend for more home and flexible working will certainly change the commercial office landscape. It's possible though that offices might be used more as social spaces for employees to get together, run engagement events and so on. So there may be competiting trends there. The Island Development Plan is due for review, so it would be a good opportunity to consider such trends as part of it. I would certainly support seeing more brownfield development and change of use from commercial to residential.

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

Dog fouling presents a health hazard to children with the risk of causing blindness. Fouling on public spaces is not a pleasant experience. I would support initiatives that help reduce the fouling, especially when it has higher risks for children.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

Make sure Revive and Thrive invests into projects that ensure our long-term resilience and sustainable development like a Green Energy Fund, local composting, food growing and harbour development.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

I have wide experience working across diverse groups of people, often many nationalities mixed together. This was during my time in Google working across European countries on joint campaigns, studying for my MBA with 60+ nationalities or negotiating deals with clients. I have done various coaching and leadership training as well, which help with professional mediation. Having said that, perhaps my best mediation and conciliation experience comes from being a mum of three wonderful and strong-willed children - I practice these skills on a weekly or daily basis!

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

Open Market has a limited stock and quality of houses available that is not sufficient to meet the demands of the economy. . The licensing regime is an opportunity to attract the right talent and businesses to Guernsey and we need to make sure they have the right accommodation to suit their needs, which I don't think can be met by Open Market alone.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

Thank you for sharing these details. I have certainly heard about issues with listed properties and general development. The good news is that the Island Development Plan is due for review so I let's make sure concerns like yours will be taken into account.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

I think we have an issue with the current justice system and the level of prosecution which I believe needs to be addressed. I am fully supportive of cannabis for medical use, something the plant has been used for thousands of years. I would like to look at further evidence and learn from examples in jurisdictions like Canada and Portugal. I don't see our island becoming the new Amsterdam though and we need to ensure we meet the health needs to islanders without increasing the risks as well.

Question for New Candidates: During the COVID-19 lockdown States Meetings were held virtually. On 24th of June Meetings resumed in the Royal Court Chamber. As a prospective States Member have you spent any time at all in the public gallery observing our Parliament (potentially your future workplace) in action? If not, why not?

Yes, absolutely. It felt like a rite of passage to attend a States meeting as well as listen to live debates on Microsoft Teams, both of which we were useful and insightful.

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

I very much support and agree with this statement. There are billions of people around the world who live in less priviledged positions than many islanders and I believe it's a moral duty to help where one can and is willing to. The States Overseas Aid and Development Commission addresses that to a large extent and I would like to see it's work expand and also help align funding to initiatives that alleviate poverty and climate change effects on the more vulnerable communities, in line with our ethos for Green Finance.

This is a question for new candidates; do you agree with the principle of scrutiny of government and if so how would you ensure that it was fairly carried out ?

I think it's an essential function of government and should be given more teeth and responsibilities to effect change. Scrutiny has done a lot of positive work under Deputy Chris Green and I hope the next Assembly can build on that.

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

I think we have an issue with the current justice system and the level of prosecution which I believe needs to be addressed. I am fully supportive of cannabis for medical use, something the plant has been used for thousands of years. I would like to look at further evidence and learn from examples in jurisdictions like Canada and Portugal. I don't see our island becoming the new Amsterdam though and we need to ensure we meet the health needs to islanders without increasing the risks as well.

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

I would like to make sure we prioritise NICE TA drugs. I don't know what the reason for the one year delay is except that it is Covid related. If elected, I would like to learn more about the barriers to implementation and if there any quick wins to advance Phase 1. Absolutely, I think there should be accountability for commitments made at committee and States levels.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

From what I understand, the partial ownership schemes of the Guernsey Housing Association have been very good programs and are in high-demand. I would do more of the same in the first instance. It's a shame the mortage tax relief has been withdrawn but perhaps this can be reviewed as part of the overall fiscal review next term?

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

NICE TA Drugs is something I would like to make sure we have priority for. I don't know what the reason for the one year delay is except that it is Covid related. If elected, I would like to learn more about the barriers to implementation and if there any quick wins to advance Phase 1. I think there should absolutely be accountability for commitments made at committee and States levels.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

The issue of noisy cars and motorbikes has come up several times recently. As a densely populated island with many living very close to road, noise pollution is a real issue. I have seen ideas discussed that could limit the kind of cars/motobikes you can buy based on pollution and noise levels. I would like to look into this area further as I think many many islanders can benefit from such measures.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

NICE TA Drugs is something I would like to make sure we have priority for. I don't know what the reason for the one year delay is except that it is Covid related. If elected, I would like to learn more about the barriers to implementation and if there any quick wins to advance Phase 1. I think there should absolutely be accountability for commitments made at committee and States levels.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

Economic Development have agreed to review the underlying assumptions of the report given the effect of Covid on travel, which is likely to have permanent effects on longer-term travel trends. The report also lacked a proper environmental assessment. I am fully supportive of looking into an updated business case and data for the runway extension once new evidence is presented. I am keen to ensure that the assumptions behind businesses cases are examined properly though and I had reservations about the last report as it took assumptions about improvement in connectivity as granted. It's important we invest in significant capital projects based on robust evidence and scenario-modelling for connectivity and how Aurigny's positions fits into it.

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

The States have had various opportunities to decide to extend the runway such as at the time of the Pavement Rehabilitation project. So far they have not agreed to the extension so believing in the power of our democracy, I trust there were sufficient reasons to decide not to do that at the time. Of course new evidence comes forward and I am fully committed to reviewing the updated business case on the new travel trends and post-pandemic situation.

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

I believe in international relations and diplomacy and each nation having a voice on the international table. I would like to Guernsey do more on the international stage - the British-Irish Council have been one such avenue and Commonwealth could be another. It feels like having better relationships with "smaller" island nations may be more realistic though than Canada or Australia?

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

Very committed, the Discrimination legislation was unanimously approved, which shows a strong signal for us to continue this critical work that the community has been lobbying the States for a long-time.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

What is the data? Can I learn from somewhere else? Does it feel right? Does it fit with my moral and ethical values? What is the right thing to do versus what is the easy thing to do? What would my children think about this decision in 20 years time?

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

These are very emotive subjects and I hear the viewpoints of many. I believe in the fundamental rights of freedom to make decisions about what concerns us and our bodies. Such decisions may be informed by different moral worldviews and we have the right to form such worldviews. It is important that we have the right safe-guards protecting us from any manipulation of others. And I believe we must support the health of women if the choose to make the difficult decision about abortion.

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

I would like to focus on investing in our economy, infrastructure and people. If we aim to do so successfully or certainly better than we did in the past 8 years, we can continue growing our prosperity which will result in a higher tax take and reduce pressures on tax increases. We should remain tax competitive against other jurisdictions because it underpins our economic model today and I don't support taxation that makes lower-income households worse off.

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

Parts of our hospitality and attraction industry have actually being doing really well as islanders have embraced staycations and poured money into the local economy. Others, more dependent on tourism like tour operators and accommodation providers have been hit hard. I do think tourism is important and would like to see a strategy with is more inline with what makes Guernsey a great place to live. I would invest more in nature-based tourism, which will double as attractions for locals such as more bathings pools, a water-sports marina and conservation areas. I would also do more to highlight our unique heritage such as a Victor Huge Centre and launch an events calendar focused on arts, culture and sport.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

1. Drive Guernsey's economy, which includes air and sea links, implementing Revive and Thrive, investing in infrastructure, which may include the runway, depending on the new business case + environmental assessment and engagement with pubcli 2. Move forward on the education debate. 3. Invest in social policy. 4. Protect the environment. 5. Reduce expenditure.

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

Running Island Mums, which serves 1000+ households, hundreds of local businesses and supported charities like Homestart, GSPCA and the Guernsey Literary Festival. Launching Startup Guernsey that helped hundreds of local businesses with advice and mentoring. Being involved with Guernsey Chamber that helps 700+ business members. Launching Chamber Sustainable Business Initiative which influenced over 100 businesses to become more sustainable. Launching Transition Islands, influencing our government to think more sustainably, opening a consulting business that generates income and tax from working with international projects and startups. Volunteering with Women in Public Life to inspire more women to stand for positions of public service.

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

We should strive for public service efficiency at all times, outsource or seek private delivery where private sector does it better. I would spin-out assets such as Guernsey Ports, Water and Dairy as I think they will have more freedom to run better for islanders as independent entities. I would have all States investments managed under one team. There is room to oursource more of commercial waste delivery. I would like to see operational reviews of both Health and Education services to ensure they are run as best as possible.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

I believe we need a security of connectivity to certain lifeline routes like Gatwick and perhaps Southampton that should be provided by Aurigny. I think it's beneficial to tap into open skies policy elsewhere and have a competitive process servicing other destinations.

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

With my experience on the board of Guernsey Ports, I am supportive of further moves to commercialise assets such as Ports, Water and Dairy to be more independently managed like Guernsey Electricity and Post but retain States ownership.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

Yes, for lifeline links such as a Gatwick service and ensuring our cargo supply with Condor.

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

This is a very serious issue that will need to be addressed in the next Assembly and come together into the fiscal review process.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

I am not in favour of regressive taxation that may make lower income households worse-off, which GST on its own would do. However, there are ways to model a GST introduction together with increasing the income thresh holds for income tax + income support which can have a balancing out effect. We should review all ideas as part of the fiscal review.

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

I support the idea in principle, however funding for such programs may be an issue. I think you would want to seek new funding models in partnership with the private sector or charities, like a National Trust model.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Launch a Green Energy Fund giving grants to households to install electric boilers and home insulation improvements, creating jobs, better homes and achieve climate action. Create an Enterprise Incentive Scheme to help fund more local businesses and help with new business relocations. Invest in fibre broadband and kickstart the Harbour redevelopment project. Accelerate support for entrepreneurs and small businesses in partnership with private sector.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

The income support feels about right for the level of our tax system. I am sure there is a willingness for it to be better but sounds like the funding may only come from an increase in social security, which already has a number of significant preassures attached to it (long-term care plan, secondary pensions). I would prefer more effort allocated to upskilling, training and career opportunities to make sure we have less people on income support.

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

The work the the Guernsey Housing Association is doing with social housing and partial ownership schemes seems to answer a real need, so I would like to see us to do more with GHA. A University project which attracts international students may need to look into building accommodation for local students to address their temporary housing issue. I would like to see more redevelopments of of commercial space on the High Street into affordable residential housing, young people may like living in town.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

My values are based around justice, equality and integrity and I think they will be strong guiding principles for my decision-making in the States.

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

Economic Development have agreed to review the underlying assumptions of the report given the effect of Covid on travel, which is likely to have permanent effects on longer-term travel trends. The report also lacked a proper environmental assessment. I am fully supportive of looking into an updated business case and data for the runway extension once new evidence is presented. I am keen to ensure that the assumptions behind businesses cases are examined properly though and I had reservations about the last report as it took assumptions about improvement in connectivity as granted. It's important we invest in significant capital projects based on robust evidence and scenario-modelling for connectivity and how Aurigny's positions fits into it.

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

I very much support the direction of travel Health is taking with the Partnership of Purpose, the vision to build strong relationships with care providers across the whole ecosystem. I would like to see that accelerate and take shape. I also see huge opportunities in telemedicine and ensuring we use technology to store and monitor patient data and provide services. I would like to see more focus on preventative health through active travel, healthy diets and mental health.

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

I would like to see us provide the right support to islanders for end of live based on their choices. In some very specific circumstances of terminal illness, it may include the choice to end your own life, if islanders know that they cannot have a quality of life they would want.

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

I think the idea behind T levels is brilliant, I always found education to have little practical bearance on life and business and so any movement to make it more practical, real and experience-based is a move in the right direction. The new Guernsey Institute, incorporating College of Further Education wants to co-create the curriculum with industry, so may be they might come up with their own version of T-levels.

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

The need for world-class digital connectivity is paramount so I would push for more fibre broadband installations. I would launch an Enterprise Incentive Scheme and offer business relocation support for new businesses employing and upskilling local staff. I would improve the mandates of Digital Greenhouse and Locate Guernsey and look into launching a startup fund/grants in partnership with the private sector.

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

I have heard this issue being raised a number of times. I believe that a good mental health provision from an early age is very important. If elected, I would like to look more into this area and support initiatives to promote better services and close the gaps.

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

I am supportive of better engagement mechanisms in general and would like to see more done to promote community and business participation in such issues at an early stage. This may involve Town Hall type community meetings, Citizen Assemblies and online surveys or petitions. I would like to get more people involved with the democratic process!

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

I am supportive of decision taken by the previous Assembly which showed significant support to the proposals that were improving the health provision for families that chose the very difficult abortion route.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

I am committed to coming into this process with fresh eyes and reviewing without prejudice the Pause and Review investigation for the four models. I believe it's premature to indicate a preference for a particular model at this stage.

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

I would like to see all essential maintenance of cliff paths, bathing pools and access points to be prioritised as it's very important to the health and well-being of islanders. The situation with the Ports is more complicated. The Harbour requires about £35 million of repair and maintenance just to keep it as is. So while I think we must proceed with some of the projects which need to happen anyway (like the Havelet slipway), I think we have a great opportunity to combine decisions on Harbour enhancements together with a bigger vision for the Harbour and Eastern Seaboard.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

I believe the States have approved that the rules will be changing. I am supportive of the opportunity to provide islanders with choice regarding Probate, so they could use the Church services if they wished to. It's likely that some islanders may not feel comfortable with having the choice for a religious Probate only so I do think it's a move in the right direction.

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