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Herm’s CEO leaving the island later this year

Herm’s CEO is leaving the island later this year.

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Back in 2017, Craig Senior, right, was appointed as the new Herm hospitality director. He was joined in his move to the island by his partner Emma and their daughters Grace and Megan. (Picture supplied)

Craig Senior is stepping down after almost seven years in the role as the man in charge of the day-to-day running of the island.

‘I would like to offer my huge debt of thanks and gratitude to all my colleagues who have inspired me with their achievements and shared so many moments that will be forever treasured,’ he said.

‘I am especially thankful for the mentorship from colleagues, returning guests, the local Bailiwick of Guernsey community, and of course from Herm’s chairman John Singer.’

Mr Senior moved to the island in December 2017, having previously managed food and beverages across the UK for a social enterprise.

He took over from Jonathan Watson, who had been chief executive for 15 years, and was selected from more than 250 applicants.

On his move to the island with partner, Emma Ellis, and their daughters Megan and Grace, who were then just four and five years old, he said taking over on the island was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The couple were married in Herm in 2022 in St Tugual’s Chapel.

‘I am so proud of the achievements we have made as a family, and the huge benefits to our daughters having enjoyed most of their primary school years at the incredible little Herm School, growing up on this unique island,’ he said.

‘We will certainly look back on our years in Herm with sincere gratitude, love, and respect.’

Mr Senior’s children were two of the four pupils at Herm School when it was closed in July 2023. It reopened in November after its closure was overturned by a successful States requete.

Mr Senior added that after careful thought and consideration, he had come to the conclusion that the time was right to move on from ‘this paradise island’.

‘More importantly, as our children reach secondary school age, to provide them with easy access to a local secondary school, without the necessity of a daily, often weather-affected ferry commute.’

Herm’s chairman John Singer thanked Mr Senior and his family for their service to the island.

‘The entire Herm team, and I personally, would like to thank Craig for his unswerving commitment to the island during his tenure as CEO,’ he said.

‘I wish him and his family every success for the future.’