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Recruitment starts for new Chief Executive

24 March 2021

A recruitment process has begun to find a permanent Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Public Service for the Government of Jersey. The interim CEO, Paul Martin, started working here on 1 March on a one-year contract.

The successful applicant will take on responsibility for the delivery of all public services to the Island’s population, and will need to steer the economy, lead public policy, and help position the Island on an increasingly competitive international stage.

The CEO answers to Ministers and provides leadership to the public service. 

Applications will be reviewed by an Appointment Panel, which consists of:

  • Jane Burgess – UK Civil Service Commission and Chair of the panel
  • Chief Minister - Senator John Le Fondré 
  • Dame Janet Paraskeva – Jersey Appointments Commission
  • Peter Charalambous – Jersey Appointments Commission
  • Helen Ruelle – Jersey Appointment Commission
  • Sue Fox – CEO, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man
  • Sir Neil McIntosh - Independent panel member and senior Scottish public administrator
Candidates who are shortlisted will be interviewed in late June. The successful candidate will start by March 2022 and will be offered a transition period with the current CEO.

Vice Chair of the States Employment Board, Constable Richard Buchanan, said: “An ambitious period of transformation was set in motion by the previous Chief Executive, and there is still more to do to consolidate those changes and to respond to the impact of Covid.

“We need strong leadership so we can continue to build on the reforms already in motion and to assess what actions are needed to see us through the difficult years following this global pandemic.

“This is an exceptional role and we will need an exceptional individual. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a successful track record of delivering services for the public, and an ability to provide leadership for our Civil Service in a fast-moving political environment. 

“We need someone who has the intellectual capability to advise on domestic and foreign policy and can work with our senior leadership team on matters such as treasury, welfare benefits, health, education and infrastructure.

“We welcome applications from candidates with a broad range of backgrounds, from both on and off the Island, and I would very much encourage all Jersey candidates who have the relevant experience and qualifications to consider applying for this vital role.”
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