Senior leadership changes announced

Thursday 17 May 15:11

States Chief Executive, Charlie Parker, has today announced a number of changes to the senior leadership of the public service, in the first phase of the restructuring of the States of Jersey that he outlined on 6 March.

He also announced an external recruitment exercise for five senior roles.

After a rigorous selection process among internal candidates, the following appointments have been made:

  • Richard Bell – Director General and States Treasurer
  • Ian Burns – Director General for Customer and Local Services
  • Richard Corrigan – Group Director for Financial Services and Digital Economy
  • Dan Houseago – Group Director for Economy
  • Kate Nutt – Group Director for External Relations
  • John Rogers – Director General for Growth, Housing and Island Environment
  • Andy Scate – Group Director for Regulation
  • Tom Walker – Director General for Strategic Policy, Performance and Population.

The selection process, which followed a formal 45-day consultation, was overseen by the Chair of the Jersey Appointments Commission, Dame Janet Paraskeva, and the process and timetable were approved by the States Employment Board.

States Employment Board Chair, Senator Andrew Green, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to make these first key appointments, enabling the States of Jersey to make early preparations for the new government.”

Education Director, Justin Donovan, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post after the summer term and retiring, as he feels that he isn’t able to commit to the three or five years that is needed as Director General in the expanded Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department.

Richard Stevens is also stepping down from his role as Chief Officer for HR, and is taking on a new project – Welcome Jersey – which will bring together a comprehensive package of guidance and practical support for onboarding people who come from overseas to work in Jersey. Jacquie McGeachie, who has been leading HR transformation, will lead HR while the States recruits a permanent Group Director for People and Corporate Services.

Mr Parker said: “I want to congratulate colleagues on their appointments to their leadership roles in the new structure. I am pleased that we have been able to appoint internal candidates to senior roles in this first phase of restructuring, and look forward to completing recruitment to the top team as quickly as possible.

“I want to thank Justin Donovan for his long public service and contribution to education in Jersey over recent years and wish him a happy retirement, and welcome Richard Stevens to his new role in leading the Welcome Jersey project.

“At present, through Locate Jersey, we offer a fabulous service for High Net Worth individuals, but we need to offer similar support to employees who come both to work for the States and for other businesses across Jersey, and take the complexity and hassle out of the process for them.”

Mr Parker also launched an external recruitment exercise for the following roles:

  • Director General for Justice and Home Affairs
  • Director General for Children, Young People, Education and Skills
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive
  • Director of Commercial Services

Advertisements are being placed in Jersey and in the UK, to attract the best calibre applicants for the roles. Recruitment will be according to the standard States of Jersey process and will be overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission.

Discussions relating to other senior roles are ongoing.

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