The Guernsey branch of the Institute of Directors will hold its mid-term breakfast, sponsored by Carey Olsen, on Tuesday 19 March, at St James, starting at 7.45 am.
This year’s mid-term discussion will pick up on the island’s machinery of government following last October’s Guernsey referendum on the method of electing people’s deputies which came out in favour of Island Wide voting.
Chair of the Guernsey IOD John Clacy said: “The referendum was highly significant, firstly because it was the first to be held in Guernsey and, secondly, as it could be interpreted as the first step towards further changes in how our government is run, which will have a long-term impact on the island’s political landscape. Too often we are told that inactivity and indecisiveness is a result of the system; If that’s true then surely the system needs to change. We need to urgently address the chronic infrastructure under spend and lack of investment into this Island’s future and we need a States and a system of Government that enables this.”
The last overhaul of Guernsey’s machinery of government followed the Harwood review published in 2000 which was strongly supported by the IOD. The States stopped short of adopting full executive government and arguably effective leadership and accountability.
An invited panel will discuss what further changes may now be appropriate following the referendum and whether the time is right for another review.
Advocate Harwood will be joined on the panel by Deputies Gavin St Pier, Chris Green and Matt Fallaize. The debate will be moderated by Elaine Grey and in setting the scene, the vice chair of the IOD Stretch Kontelj, will give us his insight into Governmental Governance following his experiences as Major of Geelong in Australia.