Guernsey born and educated at Capelles Junior School and Elizabeth College, I grew up in a traditional Guernsey family of growers and fishermen. My career in IT has taken me through the finance industry and manufacturing and on to the UK and the Netherlands where I was impressed by the progressive attitude to law and order.
I speak Dutch, French, and (rusty) German and hold the Financial Times Non-Executive Diploma. I am married with three children, one of whom is just moving into secondary school, and I very much relate to those who are concerned about the uncertainty surrounding secondary education.
My interests include boating, camping and conservation. I support various charities including the NSPCC, Oxfam and War on Want as well as 8 Billion Trees and Avaaz.
I was elected to the States in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012 before taking a break in 2016 after three terms.
I served on Social Security, Public Accounts Committee as well as Education and Scrutiny and was Minister of the Public Services Department. I lead the development of Guernsey’s Waste Strategy which has seen Guernsey record one of the highest recycling rates in the world.
In a society that is changing and evolving quickly, we need representatives with the ability to spot developing trends and opportunities and adapt rapidly to meet them. I have a proven track record in policy development which meets those challenges.
Looking to the future, I am actually enthusiastic about the next few years as I hope Guernsey will rejuvenate, stronger and more receptive to change. If the pandemic teaches us anything, we are adaptable. With our renewed sense of community and solidarity, we have a chance to do better.
To do that we will need a dedicated States with deputies who can work together in a productive manner even while they may disagree on certain policy approaches - something the last assembly struggled with and something which needs to change.
As a result, I am drawn to the Guernsey Partnership of Independents who pledge to work conscientiously and diligently to meet future challenges - with respect for each other even though they may be on the opposite side of a debate. I have the skills, knowledge, experience and political ability to play my part in that.