30 January 2017
The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, has delegated the responsibilities of his former Assistant Chief Minister, following Senator Philip Ozouf’s decision to step down from his position.
The Chief Minister will now take day to day responsibility for financial services.
Deputy Scott Wickenden will take on responsibility for Digital Jersey, adding it to his existing responsibility for the e-government programme.
Senator Paul Routier will add competition and innovation policy to his current remit of overseeing social policy. This includes responsibility for the intellectual property framework, broadcasting and electronic communications, Freedom of Information and Data Protection, and related legislation and policy matters.
Senator Ian Gorst said “It has not been possible to find one person with the particular set of skills, expertise and experience of Senator Ozouf so his four areas of responsibility have been allocated across my department.
“Digital policy is a good match for Deputy Wickenden’s experience and existing responsibility for e-government. Before standing for election in the States Assembly Deputy Wickenden worked in various positions in IT.
“Senator Routier has been an Assistant Chief Minister since 2008, having previously served as Social Security Minister. He has taken on a variety of roles during his 20 plus years in Jersey politics, including responsibility for telecommunications under the States committee system.
“Senator Routier’s background in retail business and his position on the Housing and Work Advisory Group have given him insight into employment and commerce in Jersey. I am confident he will bring his commercial experience and clear sighted understanding to bear on the complex issues of competition and innovation.”
Resignation letter to Chief Minister from Senator Philip Ozouf (699kb)
Letter from Chief Minister to Senator Philip Ozouf (333kb)