What is your current job and how long have you been doing it?
I am a Graduate Officer for the States of Guernsey. I have been doing it for two years, since graduating from University of York with a degree in History. I am currently working on my MBA, part-time through the University of Southampton.
What does a typical day at the office look like for you?
This is difficult to say; working as part of the Economic Development Unit at the Commerce and Employment Department is very varied. Generally it involves a lot of talking… which suits me down to the ground. The majority of my work is devoted to the new Locate Guernsey entity, encouraging high value business relocation, as well as liaison with local businesses on-island through the business visits programme. Incidentally, if you would like to set up a business visit from a Political Member of the Commerce and Employment Department, please just ask me. Keeping the dialogue between industry and government going is essential if we want to maintain our positive environment for business.
If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?
I have always harboured a secret desire to have my own part-time gardening business, picture the scene: a few hours a day hard graft out in the sun, then down to the beach with a surfboard and a book. Although I think this is in the realm of fantasy, particularly the ‘sun’ part.
What was your first job?
Selling shoes at Sports Direct in my teens was my first Saturday job: it taught me a great deal such as managing expectations of customers that could sometimes be less than patient. It also helped me make some important decisions in my life, such as deciding that maybe lime green and hot pink footy boots will probably never be my style.
What is your role/involvement with YBG?
I have only recently become a member of YBG, although I took part in the two most recent Christmas parades which I enjoyed immensely. The experience has been a lot of fun so far and the connections I have made have been invaluable.
What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?
Going for a run on the cliffs during my lunch break, not many places you can do that. Also rewarding myself with a pint or three in the Cock and Bull, particularly on a Thursday for Irish night.
Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?
- Victoria Coren Mitchell – is there anything that woman cannot do? The witty conversation would be fantastic, plus I would like to pick up some pro tips on how to win lots of cash at poker if my fantasy gardening goes south.
- Keanu Reeves – he knows kung fu… and I won’t hear a bad word said against his fine acting.
- Humphrey Bogart – dry one liners, cool hats. Plus you would be able to guarantee a fair few drinks.