In 2012, I was elected as the first woman Deputy to represent the Castel Parish where I have lived for 40 years. During that term, I held the position of Deputy Minister of the Social Security Department and I was a member of the Health and Social Services Department and Public Accounts Committee. I was also elected as Chair of the Guernsey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
While a member of Social Security, I was actively involved in the tax and benefits review and a member of Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy (SLAWS) Group. Following this term, I became a full-time carer for my husband who passed away three years ago.
Prior to my political career, my professional expertise was in healthcare - specialising in acute psychiatry and addictions. I was the first nurse in Guernsey to be seconded to Manchester University to undertake my Community Mental Health Nursing Qualification. I then set up our first Community Mental Health Nursing Team.
As my career progressed, I was appointed as Guernsey’s first Clinical Nurse Specialist for Alcohol and Drugs and I established the island’s first Alcohol and Drug Service. I then won a local bursary enabling me to visit drug and alcohol treatment centres of excellence in both the UK and USA.
I was then appointed Senior Clinical Manager covering acute psychiatry. My areas of responsibility included inpatients, outpatients, community services, prison liaison and alcohol and drug teams.
I was asked to undertake a review of our local homeless services and, following this project, I implemented our Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Strategy and managed the implementation of a new employment terms and conditions of employment for over 1000 nurses and midwives.
I have been recognised locally for promoting Guernsey nationally and internationally with three nominations for Ambassador of the Year and, in 2011, I was awarded an MBE for services to nursing in Guernsey and the United Kingdom.
In my Royal College of Nursing career, I held the positions of Chair of RCN Governing Council (2009–2011), Chair of the Governance Support Committee, Chair of Diversity Committee.
If elected I promise to demonstrate – dedication, determination, decisiveness.