I was born in Guernsey in 1960 and I’ve lived here most of my life. I’m married to Gary and we have a teenage son and a lively spaniel. I swim year-round and enjoy making pottery.
My career began with 10 years in the local finance industry. I then became hooked on flying and left finance to take up the post of chief flying instructor at the Aero Club. I subsequently gained my Airline Transport Pilot's License and flew as a Captain for British Airways and Flybe and, perhaps most enjoyably, for Aurigny on the Trislander. In 2011, I completed a Master's degree in Renewable Energy. I left flying in 2012 when I was elected as a People’s Deputy for the West. You can find a summary of what I achieved in that period on my website. This year I completed the IoD Certificate in Company Direction.
My voluntary work includes recently serving as President of La Société Guernesiaise, and I’m currently a Director for Safer and the Guernsey Women’s Refuge. Prior to that, I was a member of the Independent Monitoring Panel for the States’ Prison. I also flew as a pilot for Air Search for 15 years, for which I was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for Voluntary Service.
The combined effects of Covid-19, Brexit, population issues and climate change, to mention just a few of the challenges facing the island, mean that there will be no time in the next States to repeatedly debate the same old issues over and over again. There must be a clear and sharp focus on the post-Covid economy, on our natural environment and on the wellbeing of each and every member of our community. My experience spans across economic, environmental, social and political issues and I believe I have the ability and pragmatism to take on this task. I would be grateful if you’d consider using one of your 38 votes for me.
If I’m elected, I pledge to work constructively and positively with other States members to achieve the best results for Guernsey. I will research matters and listen carefully to views from all across our community to inform my votes. My broad knowledge and prior experience mean that I can work effectively for you from day one.