Audrey Branch, new chair of the TRP Appeals Panel
Photo courtesy of the Guernsey Press.


Audrey shares tribunal experiences


Audrey Branch has been a dedicated tribunal member for four years and was recently appointed as chair of the Tax on Real Property (TRP) Appeals Panel.

As a member of three different tribunals, she seemed the perfect person to interview about being on a tribunal and what it brings to your life:

Audrey explained "I wanted to take on a role in public office because it gives me intellectual challenge. I was doing so much caring that I couldn't do a full-time job. It's definitely something that you could fit in around children or other caring roles.

"It keeps you up on current affairs and alert to changes. I read the Press with more meaning now. I'll look at a Billet. Being on a tribunal means being part of your community, knowing what's going on around you, being in touch.

"If you are even thinking about a tribunal role, if you are wondering 'what would it be like?', you are probably the right person".

Read the full interview with Audrey on our website.
 

School committees
 
The main recruitment of school committee members happens at the parish elections every November. 

But occasional by-elections do come up, like this one in the Vale.

School committees are not the same as Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). They are part of the management structure for the schools on the island, supporting the headteacher.
 
Find out more here: bit.ly/3favOza.
 
Political working group
 
A reminder that Deputy Heidi Soulsby is looking for a non-States member with fresh ideas to join a new political working group.

Could you help review the way Guernsey's government works?

The official ad isn't out yet but in the meantime, contact heidi.soulsby@deputies.gov.gg to express an interest.

Just before Christmas, the editor of the Guernsey Press pushed for the States to make more use of non-States members:
Read the full Guernsey Press Comment column here.
Dr Brink's day to cherish

In case you missed the Press just before Christmas - Dr Nicola Brink has received her MBE from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle.
 
Such a hugely deserved honour. Guernsey is unbelievably lucky to have Dr Brink as our guide through the pandemic.
 
Evita gets national recognition
Photo courtesy of the Guernsey Press.
‘Latvian changes history in Guernsey,’ was the headline on the Latviesi.com media website at New Year.

Evita Bormane is a new St Peter Port Douzenier and the first Latvian person to be elected to public office in Guernsey.

In her interview with Latviesi.com, Evita said "I want people to think, “She makes coffee every day and sets the tables.
If she could, I can! She is from Latvia, I have lived here my whole life. If she can, I can too! She's from elsewhere, I'm not local either. If she can, I can too! ”


Evita's full interview is a wonderful combination of pride in Latvia and appreciation for Guernsey and its people. You can read a translation here: bit.ly/3FLlmKh.

Guernsey's new Lieutenant-Governor, Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB, CBE will be sworn into office on Tuesday 15 February at 10.45am at St James.

A limited number of members of the public can attend. If you'd like to apply for a ticket, contact bailiffschambers@guernseyroyalcourt.gg.

 
Remember this ad?

Back in the summer, P&R advertised for members of a new board responsible for the governance and management of all the States investment portfolios.

Congratulations to the successful candidates who were announced just before Christmas:
  • Richard Crowder (Chair)
  • Paul Meader
  • Henry Freeman.
The three appointed members will join the States Treasurer, Bethan Haines, to form the States Investment Board.
 
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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