was born at Grosnez, St. Ouen in 1938 and attended New Street School,
followed by the States Intermediate and was in the first intake into
Hautlieu when it opened. I then won a Howard David Scholarship to
the School of Navigation at Warsash, part of Southampton University.
In my last term, I was hit by a cricket ball above my right eye
which damaged my eyesight so I was unable to continue a career as a
Merchant Navy Officer.
I went on to be a reporter on the Jersey Evening Post for four
I was appointed public relations officer for Jersey Tourism based in
London. Whilst there, I played professional football for Leyton
Orient. I also played football for Jersey in the Schoolboy Muratti,
the Junior Muratti and the Senior Muratti - and was on the winning
side each time. I also played cricket for Jersey.
My position with Jersey Tourism made me responsible for public
relations and marketing in the UK for Greece, Turkey, Gibraltar and
a region of France. As a result, I travelled extensively throughout
In 1964 I returned to Jersey with my wife – whom I had met at the
Intermediate School when we were 14 - and four children to start a
glossy magazine called “Jersey Topic”. Two years later I launched a
full colour Sunday newspaper called “The Island Sun”.
In 1966 I stood in the Senatorial elections and just missed out. I
was only 27 and shocked the Establishment by holding the first
pre-war public rally in the Royal Square which packed the Square a
few days before the election.
In 1972 I sold my shares in the publishing company and boatyard and
emigrated to Australia with my family. At that time I had two
reasons for doing this - I could not see my children ever having a
decent career or owning their own home
In Australia I lived in Sydney for 28 years and forged a highly
successful career in public relations and marketing with political
lobbying being my special expertise. I developed an interest in
public speaking and took part in a number of large competitions some
of which I won.
Two months after my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, I
suffered a stroke which left me unable to speak or move any part of
the left side of my body. I made a slow recovery and within three
months was able to function normally. My doctors advised me to slow
down and head towards retirement. Two years after the death of my
wife of 40 years, I decided to return to Jersey as I wished to
retire and wanted to see if Jersey would suit me.
I found myself getting more and more upset by what I saw and heard.
It was obvious to me that the gap between the rich and poor in
Jersey had widened even more, house prices were sky-high and totally
beyond the reach of young people and planning decisions about the
Waterfront would create an unholy mess.
In October of 1999 I decided to stay in Jersey and run in the
December elections in Number 1 district of St. Helier. I was
successful but after only five months into my three years term, I
suffered ill-health again and had to resign on doctor’s orders. I am
now fully recovered and keen to return to politics.
In 2002 I married my second wife, whom I had met in 1999.
Unfortunately this didn’t work out.
I stayed out of the political limelight until 2003 when I decided to
enter a Senatorial by-election against an Establishment favourite
Alastair Layzell. Despite all of the efforts of the Establishment
to support Mr. Layzell, I won convincingly.
In 2005 I launched the Jersey Democratic Alliance in an historic
meeting at Fort Regent attended by over 1,000 people. However two
months later my health failed again due to overwork and I was forced
to give up politics again.
Five years later a chance meeting in the street with Deputies Shona
and Trevor Pitman led to my return to politics as interim president
of the JDA. (I was very saddened when they and Deputy Debbie de
Sousa decided to quit the JDA). I worked to re-organise JDA
administration systems, recruiting candidates for next years
elections, and setting up the training program for them and at the
same time maintaining the high profile of the JDA in press releases,
on radio and television and introducing new and regular information
on to the JDA website.
During my term as a Senator I was mainly responsible for bringing in
the States Remuneration Tribunal which took discussion about States
members pay out of the States. I was also responsible for Connex
having to return £196,000 to the taxpayer, when I proved they had
wrongly charged the States for this amount. I also failed by one
vote to have a vote of no confidence in Senator Len Norman carried
by the Assembly and my vote of censure against then Senator Frank
Walker over the Trinity infill fiasco narrowly failed