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New Jurat: Felicity Quevâtre-Malcic


Felicity Quevâtre-Malcic has been elected as a Jurat of the Royal Court and will take the seat of retiring Jurat, Niall McCathie. The election took place before the States meeting on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

In the second round of voting, 45 members of the States of Election – made up of Deputies, Jurats, Douzeniers and Rectors – voted for Felicity and 37 for College of FE lecturer, Anne Setters. Insurance professional, Jonathan Beck, had been eliminated in the initial round of voting.

Felicity was proposed by Deputy Heidi Soulsby and seconded by Deputy Peter Ferbrache. Deputy Soulsby explained that Felicity’s father’s family live in Guernsey and she spent all of her family holidays here. She has an aptitude for languages, studied German at university and is an enthusiastic supporter of Guernésiaise.  She began her career as a successful journalist, initially for BBC Guernsey and then Radio 4, Channel 4 and ITV.

Felicity’s reporting on prisons, including Wormwood Scrubs, had a profound influence on her. She decided she wanted to help with people’s lives rather than just reporting on them and she retrained as a psychological counsellor. She has been in private practice for 20 years. For 17 of those years, she has volunteered as a counsellor for Safer, Guernsey’s domestic abuse charity.

Felicity will be sworn in at the Royal Court on Monday 9th March 2020. Guernsey will then have five female Jurats out of a total of sixteen. In addition, two of the five Jurés-Justiciers Suppléants (reserve bench) are women.

How does a Jurat get sworn in?

The role of Jurat of the Royal Court.


Photo courtesy of Nick Despres Photography



Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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