New member takes top job in Alderney

STRENGTHENING links across the Bailiwick and boosting economic growth were the two main aims for the Alderney States, as it welcomed new members to a variety of positions.

Former PwC partner Nigel Vooght, who retired from the firm in 2017 as its global head of financial services, became the island's new senior politician as he was elected chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee.

He replaces Ian Carter, who will continue to serve on all committees after spending the past seven months as P&F president.

Mr Vooght said his three main priorities were to bring the Island Plan alive for the community, work with other committee chairmen to promote Alderney’s economy, and build a closer relationship with Guernsey.

‘The recent decision to extend the airport runway is an important part of driving our economy forward by working together in close co-operation with Guernsey,’ he said.

When asked about the ferry service, he said it was being looked at and would not be providing further information at this time.

Steve Roberts was elected as vice-president of the States of Alderney. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 31674802)

Father of the house – the longest-serving States member – Steve Roberts went up against Mr Carter for the role of Alderney States vice-president and beat him by one vote 5-4.

‘It’s a huge honour to be voted in, I have tremendous respect for the role and I’m extremely proud,’ said Mr Roberts.

Following the successful Alderney runway debate last month, Mr Roberts, who worked for Aurigny for 21 years, will also look to keep reinforcing transport to Guernsey.

‘Alderney’s air links is the reason why I got involved in politics, there used to be days and days with no aircraft. I saw the gaps and wanted to do something about it. It’s a constant fight for connectivity,’ said Mr Roberts.

Alongside Alex Snowdon, who was elected as chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Mr Roberts was confirmed as an Alderney representative in the States of Guernsey following last month’s plebiscite.

He said he is looking forward to the upcoming tax debate and will likely be supporting the implementation of GST as he feels it to be a necessary evil.

‘Nobody wants GST but the money has to come from somewhere. There are hard decisions to be made and I am not afraid to make them,’ he said.

Lin Maurice was elected chairwoman of the General Services Committee and Kevin Gentle chairman of Building and Development Control.

Mr Carter was elected to the St Anne’s School Management Committee and Alderney Care Board, where he will join Ms Maurice, Bruce Woodhead and Boyd Kelly.

The appointments were made by the nine sitting members who also confirmed a by-election for the one vacant seat will take place on Saturday 18 February.

Nominations are to be received during the seven days ending at 4pm on 3 February.

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