Helen Miles

Candidate for Deputy St. Brelade

I am standing as an independent candidate for Deputy of St Brelade.  

I first lived in St Brelade when I was two years old, attending Mont Nicolle. I returned in 2000, raising my family in the Parish.  

I spent over 30 years working for Jersey’s public service, in law enforcement, criminal justice and policy roles. I am currently Vice-Chair of Autism Jersey and hold several academic lecturing posts. I have served as an independent member of the Public Accounts Committee.   

I offer the commitment, leadership and experience needed to be an effective voice for St Brelade in the States.  

If elected, I will seek to establish a Parish Improvement Project to enhance the use of our parish amenities, including Les Quennevais parade and precinct, Communicare, the Elephant Park, Railway Walk, St Aubin and the old Les Quennevais school. Working together, we can make St Brelade even better.  

Improving community safety in St Brelade is a key priority. I support focused Parish youth work in partnership with the Honorary and States Police and re-instating island-wide programmes including ‘Building a Safer Society’ and ‘Prison! Me! No Way!’. Early intervention and co-ordinated working will help to keep Jersey safe and special.  

To meet the housing crisis, we must ensure a supply of affordable homes in appropriate locations, assistance with paying deposits and shared equity schemes. We should prioritise first-time buyers above those purchasing investment properties, ban foreign buy-to-lets, discourage properties being bought as holiday homes and ensure properties aren’t left empty.  

Further investment is required in our mental health services. The future care model must be affordable and appropriate for Jersey. My preference is for a two-site hospital at Overdale and Gloucester Street. Rigorous oversight is needed to keep the hospital project within budget.  

I support sensible moves towards Jersey becoming a greener economy. We must consider the cost of living and financial pressures on Islanders as we move towards carbon neutrality.  

There should be no further green field or coastline development in St Brelade. I don’t support our Parish becoming a second town.  

On population, greater use should be made of the 9-month visa. We need solutions to accommodate seasonal staff.    

I support the 1001 Critical Days strategy to give infants the best start in life. I believe in greater choice, and opportunities for students to specialise, in our secondary schools. We need a Higher Education Strategy, assistance with university living costs and updated funding arrangements for post-graduate study.  

I support Jersey’s existing economic strengths and encouraging appropriate diversification. The States should provide development pathways for local people. Local candidates should be sought for civil service jobs – only if a suitable person can’t be appointed or trained within 12 months should off-Island appointments be considered.     

Public spending must be focused on the priorities of taxpayers, debt reduced and the culture of prudence and saving re-established. The Government already collects enough tax and must use that money more wisely.  

I support bringing back Senators and retaining the Bailiff and the Connétables in the States.  

Names of Proposers and Seconders


  1. Enid Clare Quenault
  2. Antony Mathieu Bellows
  3. Nicholas Brian Watkins
  4. Janet Margaret Marshall
  5. Brendan Joseph Flaxman
  6. Lesley Serinda Bratch
  7. Rebecca Pirouet
  8. Joy Thomson
  9. Corrado Anderson
  10. Tracy Kelly