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New President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce

 

Carey Olsen partner, Elaine Gray, has been elected the new president of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce – becoming the first woman to hold the position in the organisation’s 212-year history.

Elaine has served as vice president of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce for the past year. She was elected as president at Chamber’s July AGM, replacing Barrie Baxter who had held the position since 2018.

In a recent in-depth interview with the Guernsey Press about her priorities, Elaine highlighted working parents:

“I’ve been here for 14 years and I’ve lived in other jurisdictions including Scotland and the Cayman Islands. One of the things that I found very hard coming to Guernsey was the sense that the infrastructure didn’t necessarily support the working parent demographic as well as it could do.

“…Do we have the bus timetables right to make sure we accommodate parents? Could the schools open earlier and close later so that it matches better to the working day or could things be done more flexibly whether it be in terms of opening or closing times, or term times?

“It sounds quite humdrum, but actually given the huge number of working parents that we’ve got, it just feels to me that there’s scope there to make things better.”

More info:

Chamber media release – New president Elaine Gray in role.

Bailiwick Express article – Elaine breaks 212-year record.

Guernsey Press article – First women president of Chamber of Commerce.

Elaine’s Carey Olsen biography.

Elaine Gray, new President of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce