12 October 2021
A new acting Director General for Justice and Home Affairs has been appointed for the Government of Jersey. Kate Briden is currently the Group Director for Public Protection and Law Enforcement and has previously served as the Director of the Royal Courts of Justice Group in Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (UK) and as Private Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice (UK).
Kate was born in Jersey and attended Bel Royal and Les Quennevais School. She was Head Girl at Hautlieu School before studying Law at the University of Hertfordshire and achieving her Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law. She is currently a board apprentice at Jersey Post and is married with two children.
Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Gregory Guida, said "Kate is a well-respected and inspirational leader with over 20 years of experience in senior management roles in the British public sector. Since January 2019, she has been back in her native Jersey, working for the Government by developing and nurturing Fire & Rescue, Ambulance, and Customs & Immigration Services and leading the capital programme for the Department."
"She is well on her way to delivering significant operational transformation to achieve the wider strategic goals for the Government of Jersey and her promotion will support her in this endeavour."
Kate Briden said "I am delighted to be taking up this acting up position, succeeding Julian Blazeby and following on from his hard work and commitment to Justice and Home Affairs and the Government of Jersey for the past four years.
"I am honoured that it is in my home Island that I am joining the Executive Leadership Team for the Government and look forward to working with other committed public servants who continue to lead the public service through the pandemic response, modernisation, and development of integrated and customer focused service delivery."