I have lived in Guernsey since 2007 after moving here with my husband, Stephen, to raise our two children. Stephen, a prominent local businessman and GADOC stalwart, and his family have been in Guernsey for a several generations and it was those roots that drew us to live here.
My professional background is as a performer, theatrical artistic director and creative training facilitator. After studying Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town, I worked in theatre, television and the professional comedy circuit in South Africa, Edinburgh and Guernsey. Designing and delivering creative workshops for businesses, communities-based and educational projects has given me a strong track record in team building, corporate training, education and the arts.
In the Assembly
Since being elected in 2016, I have expanded my knowledge in social, environmental and educational policy development as well as working very closely with the Guernsey Disability Alliance as the States’ Champion for Disabled People. I am a member of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure.
Achievements in this four year term have included, driving forward the disability and inclusion strategy, played a part in successfully bringing the equalities legislation through the States, delivering the Climate Change Action Plan, giving key input into the Energy Policy as an economic enabler, laying an amendment to ensure that Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in education is reviewed put it at the centre of the transformation of secondary education.
Not only have I successfully defended small pockets of green from development in the North of the island, but shaped policies to protect our green lungs across the island. I have been instrumental in pushing for the interaction between planning and biodiversity being clarified in the Strategy for Nature, which is now agreed as supplementary planning guidance to the Island Development Plan.
I pride myself on being a deputy who does the research, makes evidence-based decisions and offers real solutions to the complex issues that we, as an island community, face.