Get to Know Stephen Rouxel (Past President)

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am currently the Head of Business (Managing Director) for HSBC Management (Guernsey) Limited which is a fund manager of alternative fund products in the HSBC Global Asset Management division. I have been doing this for 2 years now.  

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

It really depends! Some days are governance days (running the company) some are spent on investigation and  problem solving but it could easily be people management, product development, buying a property, refinancing or overseeing a review on money laundering  controls. Every day is varied.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I always wanted to be an agent for science fiction or fantasy novelists. The reason being that I would get to read the new books faster than the general public.

What was your first job?

My first job whilst at school was as a kitchen porter at a restaurant on the Bridge. I hated it. I quickly moved to paper rounds and working for the GP printing team. My first job out of school was working for the civil service (Guernsey Telecoms). I hated that too. I quickly moved to be an advertising sales executive (a much better job) then decided to go to university.

How long have you been involved in YBG?

I have been part of the YBG since moving back to the Island. I joined a few months after getting back in 2008. 

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

My favourite thing to do on Guernsey is the flexibility on free time. There are so many things that you can do simply because you don’t have a 3 hour commute every day. I get to spend time with my family out and about (including ferrying my children round to cubs, rugby, dance, drama) be a member of a choir (the Accidentals), be involved in some great G.A.D.O.C or Evoke shows, work with YBG and Chamber and extracurricular work forums such as the Guernsey Investment Funds Association. If I lived anywhere else I could not do half of that.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

PG Wodehouse, Stephen Fry and Dorothy L Sayers. These three people have given me so much enjoyment through the years that I would just want to thank them.

Get to know Ollie Beaton

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am a Senior Analyst at KRyS Global, working in restructuring, insolvency and forensic/fraud investigation. I will have been here for 2 years by the end of 2017.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Each day is different depending on what I am working on at the time. Some days I might be corresponding with various parties in preparation for placing a company into liquidation; other days may involve a detailed review of books and records to ascertain whether fraud has taken place, and how this can be proved. Typically, throughout the day, I will receive queries from various stakeholders in different engagements, some of which may require urgent attention and change the shape of the rest of the day in entirety. Prioritising is key; my task list is constantly changing.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I would probably be doing something related to film. I am a big film buff, and managed to spend the final year of the English side of my English Literature and French degree studying only film. As it’s not a career path I chose to follow (my creative arts streak clearly took me down the road of accountancy..!) , I’m not too sure exactly what I would be doing in film, whether writing, filming, producing, directing… Maybe even acting (it’s not too late, never say never…)

What was your first job?

I spent several months during my degree working as an English Language Assistant at a lycée in France, in a town called Angoulême. I took classes on my own of up to 20 rowdy French teenagers, many of whom really didn’t want to learn English, so it was fairly challenging but good fun finding ways to keep their attention! I also had a Saturday job at M&S in my school days; stacking shelves and serving customers on the tills, which I actually really enjoyed. The 6am freezer delivery shift though… Not so much.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I first went to a YBG event around 4 years ago but I became a proper member when I started working at KRyS Global. It’s nice to meet like-minded people and a good way to learn about the workings of different businesses that I don’t ordinarily encounter in my day-to-day working life. I’m particularly looking forward to doing the Christmas Parade this year; I haven’t been able to do it before due to exam commitments. Shotgun the Buzz Lightyear costume…

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Making the most of the outdoors – in the summer, on the beach or in the water, and I really enjoy winter day cliff walks. I enjoy eating out at any one of Guernsey’s amazing restaurants but what I really like the most – and it’s not a ‘thing to do’ per se – is walking down the High Street, or into a bar, or anywhere on the island in fact, and being able to bump into someone you know, and chat away like old friends. The fact that everyone knows everyone is something I grew up in Guernsey hating but now, for the most part, I feel lucky to live in such a tight-knit community with such amazing amenities on our doorstep.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

1. Sir David Attenborough – I love his documentaries, and I think he would have endless amazing stories about the places he’s been over the years.
2. Samuel L Jackson – brilliant personality, brilliant actor (even in Snakes on a Plane).
3. Prince Harry – I have a huge admiration for both of the princes, particularly over the past 12 months with their openness in the media. I also reckon that Harry would be a top lad after a few drinks (after Sir David has nodded off).

Get to know Nicki Harrison

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I run my own business as a Travel Counsellor under the Travel Counsellors franchise. I started on the 10th June 2017 although I started working in the travel industry in 2007.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

There is no such thing! Every day is different just like every person I speak to and as a homeworker, my office is anywhere the clients want to meet! Coffee and cake at Jerbourg, a glass of bubbly at Dix Neuf or in the comfort of their own home – just let me know! By being the boss (of me), I set my own sales goals, have to market and network myself and monitor my own accounts and expenditure. I have a lot of support from the 250 staff members at the Travel Counsellors head office but every day brings new challenges and opportunities. My focus is of course helping people with their travel plans. From city breaks and beach stays, family holidays and romantic getaways to authentic tailormade trips around the world – I’m happy to help.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I’d love to be an author

What was your first job?

Office Administrator at Orchard PR.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I joined YBG in August 2017 and I have really enjoyed meeting the people involved. It’s a great networking opportunity and I have met some really interesting people so far.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

I love everything about living on the island (proud Guernsey donkey) but I absolutely love Zumba and Ballroom and Latin dancing which I do every week. I also love to spend time with animals especially my horse, Cruise.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

If I could pick anyone it’d would be Sir David Attenborough because I would love to book his travel (!!) and to hear all his travel stories, James Corden because he’s just brilliant and Joanna Lumley because she really is absolutely fabulous and an inspirational women with a diverse travel history!

Christmas Light Switch On – 25th November

We’re very excited for this year’s Christmas parade, sponsored by Sure. Father Christmas will be coming to town to turn on the Christmas lights and collect letters from local children on Saturday 25 November.

He will arrive into the Harbour on board the RNLI Lifeboat at 3.55pm and the parade will set off towards the Town Church Square at 4.10pm where the Christmas lights switch on will take place at 5.00pm.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Father Christmas to Guernsey and helping him with his very important job of switching on the Christmas lights.

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Get to know Kellie Oliveira

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am an associate in the busy financial services law team at Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership. I have been with the firm since 2014 and worked as a paralegal until being called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 2016.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

A typical day in the office can be varied – working on corporate, commercial, banking and investment fund matters (sometimes all in the space of a day). Multiple emails, telephone calls and cups of tea! In my lunchbreaks I attend GILA meetings, play the odd game of pétanque for the Bedell team and try to get lunchtime walks in to up my Fitbit steps when I can.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

If I could do anything I would love to be a private investigator – collecting evidence and conducting undercover surveillance.

What was your first job?

I worked as a Saturday girl at Manzur’s hairdressers. I took bookings, washed and swept hair and folded towels. I loved earning money and being part of a team.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I have only recently joined and am attending my first event this month. It seems to have lots of varied events and I am looking forward to meeting other YBG members.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Attend local events such as Le Viaer Marchi, Sark Folk Festival and various Guernsey shows. Also, I am partial to a Friday meat draw and then watching the sunset on the west coast.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?
I cheated and have invited 6 dinner guests – the more the merrier:
1. Adele – I think Adele would be so much fun and would be able to hold her liquor.
2. Tom Hardy – Enough said.
3. Donald Trump – I would like to question him about his beliefs and attempt to persuade him to think more rationally.
4. Bear Grylls – I think his survival stories would be a great dinner time conversation.
5. Barack Obama – I think he would be the most entertaining dinner guest.
6. Mary Berry – We could make a deal. I prepare the main and she prepares the dessert.

Get to Know Eilish Ashworth

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am a Marketing and Business Development Assistant at Carey Olsen and have been there since I graduated in July 2015.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

Our team works with all eight of our offices and day-to-day this involves supporting on a variety of marketing initiatives. This often includes the coordination of events, production of marketing materials, issuing news releases or client updates and undertaking market research. Recently, we opened a Hong Kong office and launched a new brand so a lot of my time in the last few months has been spent on these projects.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

Presenting travel documentaries

What was your first job?

A sales assistant at Marks and Spencer’s food store – a job that served me well for 5 years.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I only joined YBG in December 2016 but already finding the social aspect of the group great. I wanted to make the most of being back in Guernsey after university and find opportunities to socialise with other like-minded people on the Island.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

Meeting friends at Petit Bistro for a cheese board and large glass of red wine!

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

Ian Hislop – his dry wit and humorous commentary on “Have I Got News for You” would make for very entertaining conversation.

Emma Watson – her work with the UN is really interesting so would like the chance to chat to her about this….oh also, to discuss Harry Potter.

Derren Brown – to tell us how he really plays with our minds!

Get to know Jessica Hobbs

What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?

I am the Marketing & Digital Manager at Collas Crill. I have been in the Business Development & Marketing team for 3 years now.

What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

A lot of my day involves updating the website and continuing to evolve it, the planning and implementation of events, internally and externally and reporting on departmental activity. I work across the firm’s six jurisdictions (Guernsey, Jersey, Cayman, BVI, Singapore and London) so no day is the same.

If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?

I really enjoy what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else however, if I had to pick something, I think I would like to train as a nurse as I enjoy helping people.

What was your first job?

I worked at the Guernsey Yacht Club as a waitress whilst I was at school. It was a great job, particularly in the summer. My first real job was in the conveyancing team, also at Collas Crill.

How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?

I only joined in January but have already met some great people at the networking events and have really enjoyed the guest speakers.

What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?

I love being out on the sea so in the summer you will most likely find me on a beach or out on the water stand up paddle boarding.

Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?

1. James Corden – who doesn’t love his carpool karaoke?! I’m sure he would be great fun to have around the dinner table.
2. Ed Sheeran – he is my all time favourite singer. It would be great to hear him live.
3. Belinda Jones – a fantastic author, I would love to hear her travel stories in person.