Jasmine Hislop, Amy Woodland, Daisy Doardo, Maria Parra, Nicky Bourne, Harriet Andrews (front).
Photo courtesy of Jackson Chambers Photography.

Celebrating our iconic women!

What an evening...  Last night, Guernsey's iconic women of the future had a wonderful chance to meet each other and celebrate, thanks to a reception generously hosted by the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce.

On International Women's Day back in March, we asked the public to nominate women and girls under 30 with the potential to be the Bailiwick's iconic women of the future. See the map bursting with 60+ nominations.

The focus was on women under 30 because young women are particularly under-represented in public office. There are currently no women under 30 in the States, for example, and only two Douzeniers.

And now, thanks to Chamber, this amazing group of women and girls have had the chance to meet, get to know each other and share their goals for the future. It was a joy to bring together young women from the voluntary sector, caring professions, business and public sector, scientists, environmentalists, campaigners, artists, sportswomen, students... The Bailiwick's future is bright!

For more of Paul Chamber's awesome photos, go to the gallery on our website.

Mathilde Flouquet, Jasmine Lockwood, Charlotte Long
Harriet Aldous-Granby, Laura Oxburgh
Group celebration in Market Square
Development Agency vacancy

Here's a new and important role for Guernsey...

Last April, the States agreed to create a Development Agency to oversee the development of St Peter Port and St Sampson’s harbours and the seafront in between. P&R have started the first stage of recruitment - finding the Chair.

Once in post, the new Chair will recruit up to five directors who will support a staff team of three. It's a paid role with a salary of £25,000 a year and a minimum commitment of 24 days a year.

Full job spec
Background on the Development Agency

To apply, contact Lois Keyte on Lois.Keyte@gov.gg or 223529.

Closing: 5pm Wednesday 29 June 2022

Meet Jo May - our new Secretary
Photo courtesy of the Constables of Castel Parish
A warm welcome to Jo May who has joined the Women in Public Life committee as our new Secretary.

Jo is a self-employed compliance consultant and a silver-accredited tour guide. If you're part of the Guernsey Twitter #CHOG community, you'll know her well as @jojomay1.

Jo is no stranger to public office. Inspired by an ad in the Women in Public Life newsletter, she joined the Complaints Panel in 2020 and was also elected to the Castel School Committee. Last November she became a Castel Douzenier. She sees her support for her parish as 'the ultimate form of volunteering to help your community'.

Farewell Lisa
A huge thank you to Lisa Vahey who helped launch Women in Public Life back in 2020, organised our first foray into outdoor events and has been our Secretary for last two years.
Lisa Vahey and Shelaine Green at the Government House Charities Fete 2021
Come and meet the committee

If you're curious about what make Women in Public Life tick, we're holding our Annual Members Meeting at 7pm on Thursday 28 July.

The AMM is a great opportunity to talk to the committee, take part in the elections for officers and find out more about our plans for the future.

To be invited, you need to be an official member of Women in Public Life. Membership is governed by the rules in our constitution.

It's a straightforward process - just fill in this form and return it to Jo to be approved by the committee. We look forward to seeing you!

Today is Election Day in Jersey

Our sister island is electing 37 Deputies and 12 Connétables today (22 June).

If you're interested in what it would take to get elected in Guernsey in April 2025, there's lots to learn from taking a look at the winners and losers across the water.

To help you, we've put together a Guernsey guide to the Jersey election with all the links you need.

Next Politics Group Live

We'll be getting together to discuss the Jersey election at our next 'Politics Group Live' session on Wednesday 6 July at 7pm.

Our monthly discussion groups are friendly, lively and packed with learning about political issues in Guernsey.

New participants are welcome - just drop a note to hello@womeninpubliclife.gg and we'll be in touch with the details.

New leadership at Chamber & IoD
Di De Garis and Elaine Gray.

In the words of US Vice-President, Kamala Harris: "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last".

When Elaine Gray was elected to lead the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce two years ago, she was the first female President in their 212 year history. After a highly successful term of office, Elaine has now been succeeded by her Vice-President, Di De Garis. Welcome Di, second female President!

Over at the Institute of Directors, Jill Clark and Gill Morris have joined the committee. Together, they bring more than 50 years’ combined experience in director and leadership positions. Read more.
Jill Clark and Gill Morris
A 'titan' of Guernsey politics

Ex-States member, Pat Lihou, died recently at her home in the Bahamas.

Pat was elected as a Deputy in Torteval in 1979 and left the States in 1985, having become a Conseiller and President of the Island Development Committee. In the 1990s she worked for Radio Guernsey.

In a recent Bailiwick Express article, Deputy Peter Roffey said: 'Pat was 100% her own woman and a completely independent thinker. She would have had no truck with factionalism in politics. As a result, even when she was on the other side of an argument, I always knew her position was a principled one based on logical analysis".

"Pat was one of the few remaining titans of Guernsey politics from my early days in the States. More importantly, she was an incredibly nice woman".

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 28 June: States meeting (Government Work Plan)
Thursday 30 June 5.30pm: 100 Women Who Care
Thursday 7 July 5pm: Women's Business Network. Email karen@haith.gg.
Wednesday 13 July: States meeting
Wednesday 7 September: States meeting
Wednesday 28 September: States meeting (Anti-Discrimination Legislation)
There are many public office roles that you could consider - behind the scenes as well as high profile.

Go to www.womeninpubliclife.gg to explore.
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