Guernsey has always been my home and that of generations before me. I am 57, married with children, stepchildren and grandchildren.
Since the early 90s, I have served as Parish Procurer, Constable and Douzenier. I currently serve on the Vale Douzaine, the Vale Commons Council and the Vale Church Management Board.
My work life started at Tektronix in the 70s. Since then I have held technical positions with some sales, IT and accounts work. I have experienced redundancy and I’ve worked at Social Security. I currently work for The Guernsey Housing Association in the development section.
I think Guernsey is a fantastic place to live but I’m aware that, for some people, life can be difficult. Ill health, financial worries, employment issues and, sometimes, just the general pressures of modern life can make for a tough time. I have no easy fixes but I believe that every islander should receive better health services, educational excellence and a wide range of social care ensuring that no one ever has to feel marginalised or ignored.
Of course, all of this costs money and the ongoing success of our finance industry is key to our future. However, we must not ignore the other 60% non-finance activity. Good corporate governance sometimes turns into red tape and I will always support a streamlining and simplification of processes so that businesses can evolve to remain profitable. The pandemic, if nothing else, has shown that things can be done quickly if we want.
We are shaped by where we live and today, more than ever, what we do affects our environment. Our commitment to recycling and our desires for sustainable transport are important. I believe, however, that the government’s responsibility is to create a framework of initiatives that allow islanders to make their own good environmental choices.
These days it is difficult to predict what is around the corner and sound-bite promises are not my thing anyway. What I can promise is full time dedication and a desire to work for a better Guernsey for everyone.