06 December 2011
The governments of Jersey and Guernsey have jointly agreed to appoint Simon Macphail to the newly created post of independent aviation security regulator for both islands. Mr Macphail, who is currently Deputy Airport Director for Guernsey Airport, will take up the appointment on 27 February 2012.
In creating a recognised regulator, Jersey and Guernsey have established clearer lines of government accountability, as well as a greater level of compatibility with EU regulations and UK detailed directions on aviation security. The pan-island role of the regulator is also designed to ensure consistent implementation of aviation security standards for airports, airlines and other operators across the Channel Islands.
The purpose of creating the role through Jersey’s Chief Minister’s Department and Guernsey’s Commerce and Employment Department is to establish a line of ministerial accountability that will ensure independence and the effective separation of airport and regulator interests.
Jersey's Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier, commented: “We are committed to working together with Guernsey on issues that affect both our islands. The joint appointment of an aviation security regulator for Jersey and Guernsey is a good example of this spirit of cooperation. We are confident that the creation of this new role will result in the delivery of an important service to a high standard and at a shared cost.”
Guernsey’s Minister for Commerce and Employment, Carla McNulty Bauer, agreed, saying: “This is another fine example of the islands collaborating on an issue of shared interest, which shall ensure a clear and consistent approach to the regulation of aviation security across the Channel Islands.”