Next GPoI Event - Youth Focused Event at College of FE, lunchtime
I am passionate about Guernsey and the people who make up our island community.
I spend my spare time walking my dog with a camera in my hand and cheering on my children at their various sporting and other activities.
I am a qualified teacher. I studied English and Drama at Birmingham University and I have taught in private and state schools and at both primary and secondary level. I have also worked as a youth and children’s worker and I’ve been a human resources manager.
I enjoy the arts, history, travelling, photography and sailing.
Vice President of the Committee for Health and Social care since I was elected to the states in 2016.
Member of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture since 2018.
Represented Guernsey at British Irish Council Ministerial Meetings on Indigenous Languages and Early Years Education.
Guernsey representative of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians.
Member of the Scrutiny Management Committee “In Work Poverty Review” Panel
Member of the Justice Framework Review Panel
Member of the Future Partnership Delivery (Brexit) Group
Reserve Member of the CCA
We have reduced the cost of children’s medical appointments, made contraception free to under 21s and improved screening for cancer.
I was instrumental in changing the outdated abortion laws and introducing capacity legislation to protect vulnerable people in our society.
I am committed to making healthcare affordable for all. I secured states funding for the sports strategy and Guernesiais language commission.
I fought for further education to be delivered in purpose-built facilities and I’m delighted that we’ve made progress on the Guernsey Institute.
I will always work to ensure that all our community are treated fairly and I brought the amendment which will advance legislation to end discrimination on grounds of sexuality and religion.
I am proud to be part of the HSC team, with Heidi Soulsby, Dr Brink and the Public Health team, who shaped our response to the pandemic and aided our community’s success in eliminating the virus in the Bailiwick. This meant we were able to get back to work and education ahead of our neighbours and our island has enjoyed a better summer than might otherwise have been the case.
However, as we know it is highly likely that there will be individuals who test positive after entering the Bailiwick it’s critical our Quarantine, Test, Track and Trace programme is robustly applied and we have introduced legislation so that we can roll out a vaccine as soon as one is available in the hope that this will safeguard our population and allow our borders to be open for travel and trade without restriction.
Climate change is a real concern and Guernsey must bear its share of the responsibility.
We must deliver on our carbon reduction targets and recognise the particular challenges of living in an island economy where many of our goods and services must be shipped or flown to us.
We must improve the energy efficiency of our homes, make more use of locally produced green energy, increase the uptake of electric vehicles, encourage active travel. But while we are doing this it is important that we do not leave people behind and in transitioning to cleaner fuels we support those for whom change, for the good of our environment, seems un-affordable.
Guernsey has a growing reputation as a leading Green Finance jurisdiction and we need to demonstrate our commitment to the environment in our local policies.
Skills Guernsey needs to be overhauled and, working with The Guernsey Institute should be enabled to support and equip Islanders of all ages for future workplaces, focussing not simply on school leavers, but also older people and those who wish to continue working later in life or retrain. These measures will create a more resilient home-grown workforce, responsive to the needs of our community and economy and will help to reduce the costs of providing benefits.
Independent reviews show that our Health and Care services are good but we know there is always room for improvement.
Making healthcare affordable for all requires more than just funding, it needs a restructuring of the system, work we have begun and which needs to move forward at pace.
I want to continue to build on the firm foundations we have placed.
If re-elected I will strive to make the necessary changes. I am committed to establishing a dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing centre to build mental health resilience and improve the lives of our community.
I am committed to completing the hospital modernisation programme. This will be key to increasing capacity, reducing waiting times. It will enable new ways of working which will improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of our health system while delivering better health outcomes.
We must appoint a Community Paediatrician, to lead and support the work of the Autism Assessment Team. Children and families in the Bailiwick will have access to timely autism diagnosis.
We need to update the Children’s law to ensure that is fit for purpose and supports children and families in need.
This work was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and it must be a priority for the next term.
Funding long-term care is a growing problem with no easy answers.
The demand for long term care is only going to increase as our population ages. We need to consider all possible solutions with an understanding, not just of how they affect the individuals needing long term care at present and in the near future, but also how younger generations, who are likely to bear the greatest share of the costs, will be affected.
We must invest in preventative measures as they save money and repay investment many times over.
We must provide more support to local nurses. I will fight for a real terms increase in nurses' and allied health professionals' pay in the first year of the next term. For too long highly qualified professionals have had to bear with us while we try to sort out Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value, the time to sort this out is now. It’s critical that the work into pay and conditions, begun in the current term, is progressed with haste to provide stability and encourage the local workforce into the health and care sectors.
Education is a subject close to my heart, I am a qualified teacher with experience of teaching in both the Private and State Sectors and at Primary and secondary level and I have also worked as a Youth Worker. My children (one of whom has Special Educational Needs) are all educated in states schools.
It is no secret that I supported the One School on Two Sites model, I did so because I was convinced it offered the highest quality of education for our children
Every child deserves an education system designed to meet their individual needs, no child should be left behind. And that is what matters most to me;
I am passionate about providing the best education we can for our children, I am committed to finding the best possible system to achieve that.
I will continue to research education issues and I will respect the review and vote based on the evidence and the needs of all our children.
I am dedicated to the renewal and preservation of Guernsey’s culture and indigenous language. I’ve represented Guernsey at various conferences on the subject and at the British-Irish Ministerial on Indigenous, Minority and Lesser used Languages. I’m delighted to have secured States funding for the foundation of a language commission.
I’m passionate about Early Years Education and have represented Guernsey at the British-Irish Council Early Years Policy Ministerial.
I have worked hard to modernise the Education Law. I’ve secured states funding for the Sports Strategy which will play a significant role in Revive and Thrive. The Island Games will boost our economy and give us the opportunity to show off our wonderful island to the wider world. If hosting the Games in 2021 is not possible due to the pandemic, we should seek to do so as soon as the global situation allows..
I fought for Further and Higher Education to be delivered in purpose-built facilities and I’m delighted that we’ve made good progress on The Guernsey Institute. The rebuild must happen without further delay. It must be a key factor in our Revive and Thrive aims to “Build Back Better”.
I support the Primary Schools’ Review and the review into Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Education. Many of our students at all stages are in unsuitable facilities and we need to understand the issues and create solutions which suit our students and our community. All our schools need suitable provision in order to be inclusive places where the learning and achievements of all are suppor
We need to create a resilient, resourceful economy. We can and must invest in Green Finance, the digital economy, health tech, tourism, the green economy and the blue economy (which will make the most of our marine environment).
We must invest in infrastructure regeneration including at the seafront and harbours.
Guernsey’s handling of the pandemic has enhanced our reputation and raised our profile globally. We must grasp the opportunities this presents and encourage and support medtech businesses and health tourism..
Our air and sea links continue to be a concern and must be a priority for investment. Reviews of these strategic links must lead to a clear way forward on the role of Aurigny. The Coronavirus pandemic has shown the benefits of our ownership of Aurigny compared to reliance on a third party provider in giving us control over essential air services.
We must maintain a competitive tax environment. It is plain that the system needs review but we should not pre-empt the results or make rapid decisions beforehand.
Taxation must be fair, proportionate and not overly burdensome. We need to understand people’s concerns and acknowledge those who cannot bear further taxation. I will prioritise cutting costs where possible and improving efficiency to reduce the cost of public services.
I recognise that we need effective planning laws to protect our environnment but that should not be a barrier to sensible development and regeneration. We should ensure that our planning laws are sufficiently flexible to allow people to improve and enhance their properties – for example allowing solar panel etc without unnecessary bureaucracy.
Housing costs are high and many families and young people simply cannot afford to get a foot on the property ladder. This may have serious consequences for Guernsey’s long term future, forcing some of our brightest and best to leave the island as they cannot afford to buy their own homes locally. I am in favour of moves to support people entering the housing market but I have reservations about “Help to Buy” schemes, which, while appearing attractive can serve to inflate prices making it even harder for the next generation to buy and increase the burden of debt on young people. The most reliable way for governments to help first time buyers onto the property ladder is through partial ownership schemes, Guernsey’s has proved both popular and effective and I would like to see it expanded.
The time has come for a review of the Justice Framework and in particular its interaction with health, education and poverty.
As Vice-President of HSC I was instrumental in the delivery of a review into Substance Use and Misuse which should inform this debate. We’ve made it possible for service users to access medicinal cannabis where appropriate and it’s time for an evidence-based debate on the advantages and disadvantages of decriminalising, or even regulating, cannabis.
Our efforts should be weighted towards rehabilitation of offenders and preparation for reintegration into society, rather than on incarceration.
We must consider the effectiveness of custodial sentences for non-violent crimes and explore a wider range of options for non-custodial sentencing which may lead to better outcomes for individuals and society and reduce re-offending rates as they have done elsewhere in the world.
The educational offering in the prison should be increased in conjunction with The Guernsey Institute and Skills Guernsey.
I joined the Guernsey partnership of independents because I believe government should be made up of independent deputies working together for the good of Guernsey. I bring experience, insight and the willingness to find a compromise which will be needed over the next four years as we focus on kick-starting our economy.