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Change in Chief Executive

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Paul Whitfield OBE is to move on from his role as States of Guernsey Chief Executive.

The Policy & Resources Committee has expressed its thanks to Mr Whitfield for his significant contribution to the States of Guernsey.

Mr Whitfield said:

'I have just returned from annual leave, which gave me some much-needed breathing space, and a chance to relax with my family. It has been such a busy time for all of us, including myself, and as things begin to settle, time for reflection is once again afforded to us all. In moving on, it provides opportunity to focus on some new and different challenges.

'It has been an amazing eight years, on top of a 40-year career in multiple public service roles, my role as CEO was a job undeniably unpredictable, and challenging but hugely rewarding. I can look back on many highlights during my career within the public sector, but most of all reflect on the outstanding quality and dedication of the public sector, for which this community should be justifiably proud of.'

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

'The Committee recognised the need for a change in senior leadership and have taken action to bring this about. Paul has made a valuable contribution to the organisation during his time in post as Chief Executive, most recently during the Covid-19 Emergency Response, but significantly over a public service career that has seen him carry out a number of diverse and challenging roles both in the UK and here in Guernsey and most recently recognised in receipt of a OBE National Honours award.

'The role of Chief Executive is undoubtedly a very challenging and demanding leadership position, one which Paul has discharged with integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.  We take this opportunity to wish Paul all the best for the future as he pursues other interests

'There continue to be many political and operational challenges ahead, and in order to ensure continuity of leadership while we seek Paul's replacement, we are grateful that Mark de Garis has agreed to step-up into the position of interim Chief Executive.'

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