My track record
I am not a career politician but have worked full time from the age of 16. For twenty-five years I was a senior civil servant in Jersey, thirteen of them as a Chief Officer. I have held senior positions in our finance and legal sectors for seven years as well as being active in voluntary work including Chairman and Treasurer of the Arts Centre. I am now a Planning Officer.
I sat as a Deputy for St Brelade for three years from 2011-14. I chaired the Environment Scrutiny Panel and served on several committees including the Access to Justice group.
I successfully brought many private member’s propositions to the States, which
- improved the planning law and introduced a new appeals system
- secured tax allowances for charitable donations;
- secured budget increases for environmental improvements;
- secured changes to Planning policies including;
- protection for St Brelades bay,
- protection for neighbouring properties from damaging development,
- over 55 housing in all parishes,
- achieved a return to work scheme to upgrade our coastal paths;
- moderated the loss of survivor’s pensions; and
- kept Piquet House in public ownership and use.
I asked 119 Questions on on many subjects (Finance, housing, urban regeneration, health and education, taxis, heritage, sewers, as well as Planning and Environment.) highlighting important issues for ministers and holding them to account.
I fought for individual citizens experiencing injustices. and never turned anybody away; I represented people at Complaints Boards, and planning panel and appeals. Since leaving the States, I carried on working for people and earlier this year achieved the final approval of a Planning Obligation agreement providing security of tenure for the Ollivers Farm residents at Ouaisne who for many years have faced eviction from their homes from development