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Mark de Garis appointed to new role of Head of the Public Service

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Wednesday 13 July 2022

Following a competitive recruitment process, Mark de Garis has been appointed to the new role of Head of the Public Service for the States of Guernsey.

The recruitment process attracted a lot of interest from both internal and external applicants, including those based off-island.  17 applications were received and following a short-listing process, four candidates were invited to interview. The selection panel was independently chaired by Mr Simon Nash from the Jersey Appointments Commission. The panel comprised of Deputy Peter Ferbrache, Deputy Heidi Soulsby, Deputy Peter Roffey, and external panel member, Mr Phil Eyre.  Following this process the panel unanimously agreed to offer the role to Mark de Garis, and Mr de Garis has accepted. He will take up his new appointment, as Head of the Public Service, from the 1st August.  Mr de Garis is currently the interim Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Policy & Resources Committee said

"I'd like to congratulate Mark on his appointment.  He has shown an excellent ability to provide leadership in very challenging circumstances.  We believe he brings the right vision and experience to lead the organisation as we look to provide improved value for money and easy access to good quality services for our community, and deliver on the priorities agreed by the States through the Government Work Plan."

Mr Mark de Garis said

"I've been very privileged to serve in the public sector in a wide range of strategic and operational roles, from law enforcement to health services and most recently as the interim Chief Executive.  We have big tasks facing us as we look to make our organisation as effective and efficient as possible, while we adapt our services to meet 21st century expectations.  We also need to give our staff opportunities to develop and grow, building resilience into the public service as we continue to make sure our elected representatives are fully supported and their decisions can be effectively delivered as quickly as possible."

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