Policy & Resources Committee

The Policy & Resources Committee is the Senior Committee of the system of government in Guernsey. It was created on 1 May 2016 to replace the Policy Council of Guernsey.

Policy and Resources Committee of Guernsey
Logo of the Policy and Resources Committee
Committee overview
Formed1 May 2016; 6 years ago (2016-05-01)
Preceding committee
JurisdictionStates of Guernsey
HeadquartersSir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St. Peter Port, GY1 1FH
Committee executives
WebsitePolicy and Resources Committee

Guernsey generally operates a system of government by committees and consensus. There were no registered political parties until 2020. The States of Deliberation is both parliament and executive, but it delegates most of its executive functions to policy-specific committees, which are known as the six principal committees, each of which is run by five political members, all of whom have equal voting power.


To provide advice for the States of Guernsey, to develop policies and programmes and to implement such policies when approved relating to:[1]

  • Leadership and co-ordination of the work of the States
  • Fiscal policy, economic affairs and the financial and other resources of the States
  • External relations and international and constitutional affairs
  • Other matters which have been delegated to the Committee


The committee is elected by States Deputies for a period of four years.[2]

The current committee comprises a president and four members.[3]

The president of the committee is the de facto head of government of Guernsey and may be given the title Chief Minister. The vice president may also use the title Deputy Chief Minister.[4]

One person in the committee is nominated as Lead Person for External Affairs;[1] the title Minister for External Affairs is sometimes used.

Portfolio Deputy Appointed Notes
President Peter Ferbrache 16 October 2020 Chief Minister
Vice-president Heidi Soulsby 16 October 2020 Deputy Chief Minister
Members Mark Helyar 16 October 2020
Members Jonathan Le Tocq 16 October 2020 Lead for External Affairs
Members David Mahoney 16 October 2020
Chief Executive Paul Whitfield 16 October 2020
Committee Secretary Anita Gaudion 16 October 2020
Strategic Lead for Place Policies Steve Wakelin 16 October 2020
Strategic Lead for People Policies Mark de Garis 16 October 2020
Strategic Lead for Supporting Government Colette Falla 16 October 2020
Treasurer Bethan Haines 16 October 2020
Strategic Lead for Operational Delivery Support Jason Moriarty 16 October 2020
Strategic Lead for Digital, Communications and Transformation Colin Vaudin 16 October 2020


The 40 States Deputies hold an election to determine the President, with successive rounds of voting continuing until an outright winner is elected. All candidates having to be proposed and seconded.

Shortly afterwards, the newly elected president may name his preferred committee members, however it is the votes of the States Deputies that elect the remaining four committee members. All candidates having to be proposed and seconded.

Avoidance of conflict of interestEdit

No person on the Committee may be a president or member of the six principal committees, or of the Scrutiny Management Committee, the Development & Planning Authority, or the Transport Licensing Authority.[1]

Six principal committeesEdit

Civil servantsEdit

The Policy and Resources Committee is assisted by key civil servants:[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Policy & Resources". States of Guernsey.
  2. ^ "Policy and Resources Elections today". Island FM. 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Guernsey Policy and Resources Committee chosen". BBC. 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "P&R To Use Old Titles". 18 February 2019. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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