Celebrating balanced parishes

In the recent St Peter Port parish election, Jenny Tasker was elected as Junior Constable, Mary McDermott was re-elected as a Douzenier and Denyse McGahy will join the Douzaine for the first time.

That means GY1 now has two female constables (Zoe Lihou is Senior Constable) and the remaining Douzeniers are an equal mix of women and men.

Following the election of Roisin Gauson and Alyson Keeling, Forest Douzaine is now made up of six women and six men.

Castel Douzaine increased its female representation to five out of 12. Joanne Hardill and Angela Gibson are the new additions.

Despite all this good news, the proportion of female Douzeniers across the island as a whole remains static at 33%. That's because five women stepped down this year and three of them were replaced by men in St Sampson, Vale and Torteval.

Congratulations to all of the successful candidates. We hope you love being at the heart of your community.
Commissioner for Standards

The States of Guernsey and Jersey are jointly looking for a pan-island Commissioner for Standards.

The independent commissioner will investigate complaints relating to the conduct of States members, replacing, in Guernsey's case, the Code of Conduct panel which was made up of members of the public appointed by the Bailiff.

Candidates need to have a successful board-level (or equivalent) track record within the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

The time commitment is estimated as 20-25 days a year at a day rate of £350-450 (negotiable).

Full job spec.
Bailiwick Express article.
Closing: 12 noon on 16 December 2022.
Non-exec for Jersey Water

Jersey Water is recruiting two non-exec directors, one of whom could be based in Guernsey or elsewhere.

The company believes that people from different backgrounds bring perspectives and skills that create fresh ideas, thinking and approaches.

One of the non-execs will join the Audit Committee so needs strong financial awareness. The other needs to have expertise in either 'sustainability' or 'people, culture and organisational change'.

There are 8-10 board meetings a year. Plus two or three all-day strategy/board visits. Fees for non-execs are £22,000 per annum.

More information and application process.
Closing 16 December 2022

To GST, or not to GST?

Trying to get your head around the new tax proposals?

Join in with one of our 'Politics Group Live' discussions in the New Year where we'll be examining the tax review ahead of the States debate on 25 January. Newcomers very welcome.

Two sessions to choose from:

- Wednesday 4 January 7pm at the Cotils
- Tuesday 10 January 7pm on Zoom.

Email Shelaine at hello@womeninpubliclife.gg to book your place.

Guernsey Development Agency

A reminder that the Chamber of Commerce is hosting an information event for prospective candidates for the five non-exec roles on the Guernsey Development Agency board on Wednesday 7 December from 12 - 1.30pm. Book via Eventbrite.

All the details about the roles are at gda.gg. Closing date is 24 December 2022.
Diversity of opinion...
Jacinda and Sanna work together

There are few more inspirational political leaders than Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland.

Last week was the first time that a Finnish premier has ever paid an official visit to New Zealand. The headlines focused on a crass question from a journalist at the joint press conference in Auckland but the two leaders also discussed trade, the war in Ukraine and working together to support repressed women in other countries.

You've probably seen the short clip of their polite but firm dismissal of the question about their 'similar age' but the longer version below is well worth watching too to see two articulate professionals entirely in command of their brief:
Dates for your diary

Wednesday 7 December: Development Agency Board Recruitment event

Wednesday 14 December: States meeting

Wednesday 4 January: Politics Group Live - Tax Review - 7pm Cotils (book)

Tuesday 10 January: Politics Group Live - Tax Review - 7pm Zoom (book)

Wednesday 25 January: States meeting - Tax Review

Wednesday 15 February: States meeting
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