Before entering politics, I had a career with NatWest for more than 28 years, qualifying as a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and with the Chartered Insurance Institute. I also ran a small successful gardening business alongside my day job. I was married to Jill for nearly 30 years, sadly losing her to cancer five years ago. I have one daughter, Rebecca.
I’ve been honoured to serve the island as a deputy for over 16 years. I have had the privilege of sitting at the top table of government in the most recent political term as a member of the Policy and Resources Committee and I’ve represented Guernsey on the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Previously, I was Deputy Minister of Commerce and Employment, Deputy Minister of Social Security and held seats on Public Services, Legislation, Health and Public Sector Remuneration.
Besides committee work, over the years I have been successful in securing local birth right and bringing in legislation for high hedges. More recently, I have been successful in driving to gain our territorial seas and developing the Strengthening Families initiative.
Guernsey is a magical place and we need to do all we can to keep it special; we do need to change and adapt but, on that journey, we must not lose those quintessential local aspects - the ‘Guernsey Together’ community spirit, our autonomy and the beauty of the island and our seas.
I am a keen supporter of the parish, serving on the Douzaine of St Pierre du Bois since before the Millennium. I currently sit as a Douzenier and Vice-Dean. I helped to re-establish, and still play a part in, the Floral Group, which has gone on to many successes over the years such as winning Gold in Britain in Bloom. It is a great community.
If re-elected, I would focus on driving forward the Revive and Thrive Strategy; ensuring that our shared vision for Guernsey is met by strengthening our economy and sustaining our environment.