Senior Appointments in the States of Jersey

Thursday 19 July 08:33

States of Jersey Chief Executive, Charlie Parker, has today announced five new appointments to senior leadership positions in the public service.

The five appointments are:

· Julian Blazeby – Director General for Justice and Home Affairs

· Mark Rogers – Director General for Children, Young People, Education and Skills

· John Quinn – Chief Operating Officer

· Catherine Madden – Chief of Staff

· Maria Benbow – Commercial Director.

Jersey Appointments Commission Chair, Dame Janet Paraskeva, said: “This has been the most rigorous and exacting series of States of Jersey recruitments that I have been involved in. I am encouraged that so many excellent candidates applied, and that, by unanimous decision, we have been able to appoint the very best people to these important roles.

“However, we are disappointed that a number of senior women candidates withdrew their candidacy at a late stage. We are fully aware of the challenges with relocating to the island and these have been a factor for many candidates. Our strategy will continue to work towards attracting a more diverse candidate base.”

Charlie Parker said: “These five appointments will strengthen the leadership of the public service considerably and will help us to drive the programme of transformation and modernisation that will improve both the effectiveness and the quality of our services to islanders. I’m delighted that we have been able to attract high-calibre candidates with extensive experience to join the senior leaders who we have already appointed from within the States.”

Graeme Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Jersey Business, a panel member for two appointments, said: “This has been a very professional and thorough process and I am delighted that Jersey will benefit from such talented recruits for these important positions. While we generally prefer home-grown candidates to international recruits, as an independent Jersey panel member, I am satisfied that we have chosen the very best candidates for these crucial roles and that Jersey’s public services will benefit from the expertise that they bring. Furthermore I am confident that they will, and the States must, ensure that they share that expertise to strengthen the succession pipeline for future leaders.”

Julian Blazeby, who has been Acting Chief of Police since July 2017, and Mark Rogers, who was appointed as Interim DG for Children, Young People, Education and Skills in June 2018 will take up their roles with immediate effect. Julian Blazeby will also retain direct responsibility for States of Jersey Police, pending a full recruitment exercise to appoint his successor.

The other appointees will join over the next two to four months, when their notice periods have expired. Anna Daroy, who has held the Chief Operating Officer role on an interim basis, will continue in post for a short period, pending the arrival of the permanent COO, after which she will leave the States.

All appointments followed the Jersey Appointments Commission code of conduct in fair and open competition. All interview panel members were involved in the long and short-listing of candidates, and appointments were made following a combination of face-to-face interviews and extensive and evidence-based technical and psychometric assessments over two days. Relevant Ministers also met Director General candidates.

All successful candidates were appointed unanimously by the interview panels, which included international subject matter experts and independent Jersey specialists. The interview panels for the five roles were:

Director General for Justice and Home Affairs

· Dame Janet Paraskeva – Jersey Appointments Commission and Panel Chair

· Charlie Parker – Chief Executive

· Roger Russell – Director of Executive Search, Penna plc

· Nicola Sawford – Independent Panel Member (Non-Executive Director on the Standards Bar Board and Trustee and Treasurer of the Access to Justice Foundation)

· Helen Ruelle – Independent Panel Member (Director of Local Legal Services, Ogier)

Director General for Children, Education, Young People and Skills

· Dame Janet Paraskeva – Jersey Appointments Commission and Panel Chair

· Charlie Parker – Chief Executive

· Julie Towers – Managing Director, Penna plc

· Andrew Christie – Independent Panel Member (Chair of the National Adoption Leadership Board and previously Director of Children’s Services (including Education) for Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster)

· Helen Ruelle – Independent Panel Member (Director of Local Legal Services, Ogier)

Chief Operating Officer:

· Dame Janet Paraskeva – Jersey Appointments Commission and Panel Chair

· Charlie Parker – Chief Executive

· Carolyn Downs – Independent Panel Member (CEO of the London Borough of Brent council and former CEO of the UK Local Government Association)

· Graeme Smith – Independent Panel Member (CEO of Jersey Business)

Chief of Staff

· Dame Janet Paraskeva – Jersey Appointments Commission and Panel Chair

· Charlie Parker – Chief Executive

· John O’Brien – Independent Panel Member (CEO of London Councils)

· Graeme Smith – Independent Panel Member (CEO of Jersey Business)

Commercial Director

· Dame Janet Paraskeva: Jersey Appointments Commission and Panel Chair

· Charlie Parker – Chief Executive

· Simon Tse – Independent Panel Member (Director of Procurement Operations – Crown Commercial Services)

· Kevin Keen – Independent Panel Member (Chairman of Visit Jersey Board plus other Jersey NED roles)

 

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