- Parish St Martin
- Experience Current Deputy
Born in Guernsey. Educated at Blanchelande College, Millfield, and then Bristol UWE with Honours. During 14 years, as a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), I worked for Savills and GVA. I delivered advice and negotiated multimillion-pound deals bringing value to both client and company. As a deputy, I am a member of Home Affairs, University Working-Party, Seafront Enhancement Area, Property Portfolio Subcommittee and Vice President of Development & Planning Authority.
- Welcome entrepreneurs – ensure Guernsey remains attractive to investors while diversifying the economy
- Transparency on spending – Spend our hard earned taxes efficiently
- Education – Forget buildings think of educational outcomes
- COVID19 – Ease travel restrictions when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile help the travel and hospitality industry
I am not afraid to put my head above the parapet. Leave me to fight your corner. I have courage of conviction. I have represented you in the States with authenticity and commitment. I prioritise looking for a solution rather than focusing on a problem. I promise that I will always vote with common sense and integrity. I will take time to listen. Together we can achieve a better Guernsey and make a difference.
We need more action and less words. In my professional career, ensuring value for money is ingrained in everything I do and only spend what we can afford. Being a small island, we need to work harder to ensure value for money. It is important to save, Covid-19 has shown us that. We must build a stronger future by investing so that the taxpayers burden is reduced.
- We should be taking advantage of Brexit
- Support the tourism & hospitality industries during Covid. Revive once safe.
- Make transport links easier & affordable
- Proper asset management of our property portfolio
- Support & encourage small businesses to ensure a diverse economy
- Invest in fibre-optics broadband
- Clear or fix abandoned greenhouses to revive the growing industry
- Only use outside consultants when necessary
- All contracts should be offered to local companies, keeping money local
- We need a strong economically driven population management
- Better retention of our current skilled workforce.
We need a strong system in place to allow every child to reach their potential. I voted for selection, the decision has been made, we must move on. The pause and review will help design Guernsey’s secondary system from the ground up. I prefer a 3-school model.
- A good teacher can do more for children than any new building
- Stop wasting vast sums of money
- Adopt a system where the highest achievers, healthiest & happiest children are
- Smaller class sizes
- Offer academic and vocational courses for reskilling our workforce to achieve their goals & aspirations.
Health is a strong personal issue to me. Due to a misdiagnosis, I am lucky to be alive. The outcome from this has forced to improve the tracker system which will streamline patient’s information.
- COVID19 has taught us the value of our doctors & nurses.
- Finalise nurses pay to a fair wage, so they will remain on island
- Mental health needs to work as a multi-agency to protect vulnerable people
- Complete the disability legislation
- Make medicinal cannabis available
- To ensure our pensioners get a fair income, good health, social care & are not forced to sell their homes for long term care.
We need to invest in a greener future. The Environment should be working for and with the people of Guernsey not against them, protecting future generations.
- Climate change propositions need actioning
- Protect Green spaces & Heritage
- Create drinking fountains
- Encourage solar, electric cars & bikes
- Replace a tree for tree when felled.
Housing and Development
I believe that the States should look to improve the process of buying and selling. The current system is outdated and is the most expensive process according to the Housing Review. I want to encourage and help First Time Buyers.
As Vice President of Development and Planning Authority I have excelled and saved money. Because of my extensive professional experience I have:-
- Agreed to enhance fast track decisions which will reduce waiting time
- By digitally recording minutes, it has saved officers 3 days’ work, every meeting
- Moved to an online approach saving vast amounts of paper
- The IDP needs reviewing to protect our countryside & heritage more
- I want Section 46 to be passed to force derelict buildings to be cleared i.e. Idlerocks.
I want an open and transparent Government.
- All committee meetings should be recorded & available publicly
- Limit the time a deputy speaks in debate
- Bring the States into the 21st Century while ensuring efficiency and effectiveness.
Vote for Victoria Oliver for common sense.
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?
During my time in the States I was a member of Home Affairs where I helped continuously to save money and improve the services. I saved money when moving property and advised better solutions on the Population Management regime. This still needs a lot of work to make sure it economically driven for Guernsey requirements to endorse a strong economy. I was Vice President of Development and Planning Authority this is where I have excelled and saved money. Every year while on the committee it has been on budget. After 4 years I have finally got the Committee and planners to agree to enhance fast track decisions. This means that the waiting time will reduce, which has got too long. The minute taking is now digitally reordered saving officers at least 3 days work, every meeting. University Working Party - The basic study has shown that this would be an economy enabler so we have asked Oxford University, Oxentia to report back on the viability of the project in September. Seafront Enhancement Area - this has been slow progress but these big ideas do need careful consideration. We finally got through the States some funding for this project and its own committee which should help create momentum, although we need to remember to protect what we have. Optimising the use of States Land and Property Portfolio - this resulted in a good policy paper which was agreed by the States and would have really revolutionised the States Land and Property portfolio but it was decided to employ someone with no property experience which was never the idea.
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 ?
This figure is gradually going down after COVID-19 currently stands at 490. I would expect this to fall more yet. At the moment it much easier to employ local people than aboard because of COV19 . The States when looking at local contracts could reduce the percentage.
What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?
Climate change policy needs to be actioned. The nature strategy needs to have had funding to achieve its goals. Better data collection and protected sites for birds and plants.
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?
Definitely, not just the island, the Bailiwick as a whole.
Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?
Yes. The change in curtilage has been worrying me. I asked for figures. We have 15000 verges protected agricultural land. The agricultural industry needs a minimum of 10000 verges. I want the amount of curtilage being lost now advertised. The IDP needs reviewing to protect this creepage from getting out of hand.
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?
No. One thing I have learnt as a Deputy, is that fact I can change my mind. What is the point of debate, if you cant persuade people to change their minds. There will be propositions where you will fight and others where you might listen. I think one thing the States should be doing more, is asking the public what they think.
What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?
Guernsey does not do enough and a few pieces of legislation could make a difference.
What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?
A successful business person. Someone who will listen, but prefers action rather than words. A good speaker that can converse with the public.
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?
Yes, but it is not a straightforward question. We need to look at the whole issue. What type of people are we attracting. Do we have the hotel infrastructure and the correct activity.
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?
Yes. Zero ten costed the island a considerable amount. We need a tax that is both competitive and not put the burden on just one sector of industry. Territorial Tax I think many companies could just move to Dublin or Luxembourg.
What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?
We do need a more unified approach so parents do not feel forced to return to work, when they are not ready. Also I think not all the burden should be on the women, men should have an equal say in the matter of paternity. I understand for small businesses this could be more of a challenge but even with UK if you have not been with the company 2-3 years, they will get the time but not the salary. Some things we need to do what's right.
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?
I don’t mind the Safe, Secure and Happy island. At the end of the days what not to like but there does need to be more economically driven ideas and an investment in Infrastructure so that we can paid for everything.
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?
For certain journeys it would not be feasible for the majority to stop using their car. However, there are many short trips where alternative transport could be used. In order to do this, people need to feel safe while cycling or walking. We need smaller buses to have a greater access on the island.
Do you support outsourcing of States services?
Yes. This can be a cost effective and a better service. The third sector do a fantastic job. However for consultation fees this really needs to be limited.
What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?
It needs to be instilled in us from a very young age and should be taught at school about Guernsey. At nursery, my daughter was taught so much about climate change and effecting Guernsey i.e wombling, but since starting school feel that this has stopped. This is where we could make a difference.
Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?
No that is not possible the key is sustainable growth
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?
There have been many cities throughout Europe who have the balance right. The big problem with Guernsey is our limited infrastructure and narrow roads. In order for a safe and clean travel for all road users on all roads in not financially viable. Small steps in the right direction is more feasible. Having seen electric aviation this is something that could revolutionise inter-island transport.
What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?
I supported the bike subsidy. However, we must remember that not everyone wants to ride a bike.
What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?
This term planning have adopted the nature strategy as a SGP for planning applications. Going forward this will need some funding.
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?
Yes it was very good idea, I personally would have change a few things. It came to the Seafront Enhancement area, but other deputies did not want to commit.
Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?
Yes but there are cycles
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 voted against this. I was worried the sediment from the site will effect many parts of Guernsey and Herm. There are also wildlife under the sea. I await with interest the environmental impact assessment.
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?
We need to adopt the climate change policy paper. Although that is a target of 2050 it can happen before, if Guernsey pushes.
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?
It is too high. Currently the biggest losses are flights between Guernsey and Alderney. Since the CEO has stepped down, this is a prefect time to take stock of what is happening. We currently have a company who are interested in electric aviation and this could revolutionise inter-island flights . We need to all work together to achieve this. I voted against Aurigny's new airplanes and feel these were the wrong type. They should have lease instead like most airlines.
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?
Yes, but I would like a second opinion on cost.
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?
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?
If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?
we need to see if it is still relevant, then need a priority list with time tables set.
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 but only through a parishioner emailing. An amendment has been placed to rectify this problem. It just needs legislation to a number of laws.
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?
If it makes financial sense, then Yes, but generally I prefer to be kept State owned.
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?
What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?
Yes, if financially feasible
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?
I have saved the states thousands of pounds. I have listened to many parishioners, sorting their problems out. I have always stood my ground for my beliefs. However, I am embarrassed that there is not as much progress as I would have liked.
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 had to practice this in my previous job and used them on a daily basis to get the best out of committees.
Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?
All depends if you need the skills - say you need a neurosurgeon, where there is a world wide shortage. How will you attract them to the island.
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?
I have finally achieved fast track enhanced planning, which will help to reduce time. There are pre-application meeting can help any person looking to renovate listed properties. But I do agree the stringent test do put people off. Within a building most of the time, it is just a small element which should be listed rather than the whole house.
Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?
Yes, but I would prefer to decriminalise it
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 believe this can be done through impact investment and all the proceedings from this can be put back into charity.
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?
People with small amounts should not be arrested. I feel Guernsey is sending out mixed messages by licensing low THC to be grown, but not sold.
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 am disappointed this was not funded this term, I thought that HSC actually had a funds to cover this. Nevertheless next term this needs looking into.
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?
I believe that the States should look to improve the process of buying and selling. The current system for purchasing is outdated and costly. The Housing review report indicated that Guernsey was the most expensive place in charges within the Channel Island and UK. This in turn will encourage people to move creating a proper First Time Buyers market, rather than people consistently extending their house because too expensive to move.
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?
I am disappointed this was not funded this term, I thought that HSC actually had a funds to cover this. Nevertheless next term this needs looking into.
What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?
The police prioritise their work. If time, they will check for speeding. However, I would like to see the age increase from 14 to 16 years old and they need to take a test rather than being on L pates for ages it need to be time limited
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?
I am disappointed this was not funded this term, I thought that HSC actually had a funds to cover this. Nevertheless next term this needs looking into.
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?
Yes, but it not that easy we need to look at the whole picture. What type of people are we attracting. Do we have the correct hotel infrastructure and the correct activities for the target market.
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?
Yes, but it not that easy. We need to look at the whole picture. What type of people are we attracting do we have the correct hotel infustructure and the correct activities for the target market.
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?
Yes. This current States have made some progress in strengthening our ties with double taxation policies. However, these relationships needs to grow.
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?
I will vote for the legislation, however that is only one part. We actually need to accept everyone for who they are. In an ideal world, we should need legislation but I think it will help to protect against the minority of less tolerant people
What criteria do you use for decision making?
I use my knowledge and understanding of the subject, read the papers, do further research if required, listen to public opinions and debate
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?
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?
First part of your question yes, second they pay a fair share. I think you might be asking if they should pay more! In which case 5% of our population pay for 24% of the island.
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?
Yes tourism is very important to Guernsey and our economy, I think we need to work out what type of people we are looking to attract and make sure we have the correct infrastructure and activities.
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
Driving Economy must but the most important. Implement revive and thrive, reduce states expenditure, focus on air and sea links, invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve addressing social needs, protected the environment - sort out the schools. Open our closed borders as a priority. This will come in when it is safe to do so.
List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.
1. Saved money. I refused the double fence 2.Made meetings more efficient by digitally recording 3. I tried a put stop to job for the boys 4 Going for a more enhanced fast track to get planning times down 5 Sexual offence law has now been updated. 6 I have always stood by my principle and held my integrity
Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?
Yes. All new contracts need to be flexible. The old contracts need to be eventually replace by modern ones. This will take time.
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?
If they could just balance there books that would be great!
What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?
Everything should be run as a business and need to make commercial decisions.
Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?
What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?
With everyone requiring a secondary pension, I think this will play a part. But I don’t think elderly should be made to sell their homes.
What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?
No there are still savings to be made within the States.
Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?
I don’t think the listing would ensure their repair and maintenance of the military structures. I do think we need a review of all our historic military structure especially Atlantic wall of German Fortifications to see what is worth keeping and where there are better structures.
What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?
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.
In some places too low and others I think we need to try get people to work and if that involves a top up to encourage that so be it.
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?
If they have the skills they will get a local market license. Many companies will also pay relocation cost as does the States on certain jobs
How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?
no - it must be what is right for the island
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?
yes I have. We need to look at the whole package between our hotels, what type of person are we aiming to attract and if we have the right activities for them. Just extending the runway , I don’t think would create much more tourism. Since covid we need to revaluate. Although we might be forced to extended if Gatwick only want a certain minimum size aircraft
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 think the primary, HSC and MSG all need to work closer together and work as a team.
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)?
Everyone has a slightly different opinions and feel it is up to that individual on what they would like to do. I did support euthanasia and would again if it came up. With very strict regulations.
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 it will be inevitable but I am starting to prefer baccalaureate exams as more universities and workplace recognise this.
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?
We need a communications plan to know what the States want. I believe that we should be looking into fibre optics rather than 5G wireless
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?
This needs so many changes, I feel mental health is a massive problem that we as an island need to address. We need to work as a multi agency and can adapt easily for the individuals needs. Rather than computer says no. Guernsey needs to look at prevention more than it does.
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.
More presentations need to be held so that Guernsey parishioners can come an explain how they feel, along with the standard contact of emails and written letters.
What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?
Do you mean we should have another vote on the issue? Because I don’t think my views have changed.
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 favour a 3 school model. I think 11-16 with a 6th form centre
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?
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"?