The IoD’s June breakfast will welcome Paul Whitfield, Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey. The topic of public service reform will be of interest to those in the third sector as well as the business community. These IoD events are open to all.
Paul will be sharing his experiences of leading the ten-year programme of reform of the island’s public service in his role as the Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey.
The public service is the largest employer in the Bailiwick with diverse responsibilities, employing one in five of the Bailiwick’s working population including teachers, nurses, police officers, technical analysts and policy people. To add to the complexity, due to Guernsey’s constitutional position, the States of Guernsey must operate at both a national government and local authority level.
Paul will be discussing the progress of transformation, the milestones already reached and how business, community and public service can work even more closely together to secure the future ambitions of the islands.
Paul was born and educated in Guernsey. After completing his formal education, he spent many years away from the Island, initially pursuing a career with the military followed by a brief spell working in marketing in London. Recognising that he needed a career more closely aligned to his personal values, Paul left the private sector to join the UK Government, spending time in both operational and strategic advisory roles. Paul spent several years in leadership roles for the Home Office and HM Prison Service before returning to Guernsey with his family and beginning his career with the States of Guernsey, in 2006.
In December 2013 he was appointed to his current position as Chief Executive. Paul is passionate about the Island community he returned to, and his mandate as the States’ Chief Executive is to reform the public service so that it is sustainable and able to meet the changing needs of our community. Outside of work and family, Paul’s big passion is rugby.
He coaches a junior team - something that connects him to families in the community and he finds benefits him as much, if not more, than those he coaches.