I was born in Paris 55 years ago. I graduated from Business School in 1985 and after having worked around the world in activities as diverse as injection moulding, computer based training, wine making and property development, I moved my home and businesses to the Channel Islands in 2005 to be with my Jersey-born fiancée. My two children have now started studying at university. I am the proud holder of a Jersey passport and I have represented the Island at the Islands Games.
Since 2013, I have been honoured to serve the parishioners of St Lawrence, first as Constable’s Officer and subsequently as a Centenier. These roles have seen me closely involved in Parish affairs at many levels and have brought me into close contact with many Parishioners. I am a Vice President of the Honorary Police Association, as well as being a delegate on several planning and emergency groups.
For the Parish
I am ready to defend the Parish system against further centralisation and hope to carry the voices of the parishioners of St Lawrence to the States Chamber. I welcome communication and would enjoy having well attended surgeries to exchange views about current affairs.
I believe strongly in preserving the identity and independence of Jersey. I am dismayed at the efforts to change it in a misguided hope that being more like the UK or more like France will make us better. We can find a Jersey solution to Jersey problems without calling in UK consultants.
For the economy
My experience is that businesses work better when left alone. For example, I don’t think we need to fund start-ups, we just need to make it easy for them to start, which is less and less the case. Our Chamber of Commerce is a remarkable asset and I would be very attentive to their recommendations.
Tourism has a new future in front of it. I would be happy to help develop event-led tourism and there are more inexpensive ways to encourage people to visit our beautiful island.
We will have to work hard to reduce the impact of Brexit on Jersey and, possibly, take advantage of its opportunities. I am ready to become a part of the solution and help negotiate for our side.
For the environment
Jersey needs to preserve the diversity of its terrestrial and marine environment. Providing for the protection of species and habitats should be a standard feature of any new policy.
Agriculture is essential to the character of our Island. We should support it as much as possible, making sure that the area available for cultivation is not reduced. We should however ensure that it is environmentally friendly and done in a sustainable way.
We are a small community and we should embrace the advantages it gives us over the bureaucratic nightmare of having to manage millions. We can still solve people’s problems one by one.