I’m delighted to have joined the hugely experienced team at LAW, and I’m excited to support the wider business community in Guernsey.
Having started life in the UK in a very different sector, I moved to Guernsey in 2000 and haven’t looked back.
I initially pursued my interest in science, specifically chemistry, but quickly learnt that my people skills suggested I may be more suited to a role outside the lab. This skillset enabled me to become a team leader at 24, where I had my first exposure to the ‘personnel team’ as it was then and the union’s role within organisations.
As my interests developed, so did other aspects of my life. I moved out of science and into a learning and development role, had two children, and returned to school. I achieved an MSc in Management with HR, providing CIPD professional accreditation. I took on a more generalist HR role at that point within a leading CI financial services company.
Over the years, I think I’ve found my true calling. My passion lies in the growth and development of both people and organisations. I value the support I can provide individuals to help them grow within their chosen line of work whilst helping a business achieve success through its people and culture strategy. I drive for justice and fairness and believe that people and organisations can thrive when cultures allow for transparency, acceptance, diversity, and inclusion between members and leaders.
Since moving to the Channel Islands, I’ve enjoyed the fantastic boating and fishing spots and gained an incredible insight into how the Island’s businesses operate.
The employment landscape in Guernsey is constantly changing, from the introduction of compulsory pension schemes to discrimination legislation on the horizon. There is also a push from newcomers to the employment market for more inclusivity, diversity, and flexibility in their working arrangements.
This evolving landscape will impact employer policy and practice and make management more challenging. However, it will also forge cultures of trust and autonomy where productivity is measured by output, not hours. Further ahead, I envisage that Guernsey will follow in the UK and Jersey’s footsteps and introduce a legislative requirement for organisations to publish gender pay gap reports. Although there’s no timeline for this, employers should try to be one step ahead and take the edge on transparency, so this may be something to start thinking about.
Public and private sector employers aren’t the only ones that need to be aware and supported during these times, as the States of Guernsey is currently phasing in the new Charities Law. However, this law means that affected third-sector organisations will have further obligations, including governance, recordkeeping, and management.
So, there’s lot to be aware of, think about, and keep us busy for the time being. I’m here to help with that if you need some assistance in dealing with the present or preparing for the future. So, give me a call on 01481 727155 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a chat.