I was born and grew up in Guernsey, going to school at Hautes Capelles and Ladies’ College. We moved to St Saviour’s in my early teens and, although I now live in Town, that’s why I’m standing in the West: it’s where my family are, and where I feel most at home.
I studied languages in Cambridge and lived abroad, coming home to Guernsey in 2010. I’ve worked in all three sectors here – public, private and voluntary – over the past ten years. I spent four years in financial services while an undergraduate, then joined the civil service graduate scheme: working as a policy officer in Social Security and HSSD, and developing the island’s Disability and Inclusion Strategy. After completing my graduate diploma in law, I worked as a paralegal at Ogier, before joining the Guernsey Community Foundation.
I am now Research Manager for the Foundation – a philanthropic organisation funded entirely by private donations – and Executive Officer at Ageing Well in the Bailiwick. I also hold board and trustee roles with local charities, as a committee member of the Guernsey Disability Alliance and Secretary of the local Samaritans. I am, of course, not standing on behalf of any of these organisations.
Alongside these commitments, I’m pursuing a Masters in Public Health, which has a large focus on policy, ranging from economics to the environment. If elected, I will apply the same kind of research skills, evaluation of evidence and critical analysis to my work in the States.
If you choose to trust me with your vote, I will be a full-time Deputy, dedicating myself to States’ business and to representing you as parishioners. I will bring a reasonable and grounded approach to decision-making; researching issues carefully and listening to your views. I’ll engage equally strongly with social and economic issues, seeking to build a society that is sustainable, aspirational and inclusive. Although we are perhaps too small to make a dent in any global matters, I believe we should nevertheless play fair in response to the issues – environmental, economic or humanitarian – that shape our connected world.
I look forward to meeting you as I walk the four parishes of the West over the next few weeks. If we miss each other, or you have unanswered questions, please get in touch. I will get back to you as soon as I can.