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Significant roles for eight in the States


Three weeks after Election 2020 we now know who all the new Presidents and members of States committees are. And most of the Vice-Presidents.

Guernsey’s eight female Deputies are clearly valued by their colleagues. The five experienced Deputies all have leadership roles. Deputy Heidi Soulsby is Vice-President of Policy and Resources working directly with Deputy Peter Ferbrache. There are four female committee presidents: Deputies Andrea Dudley-Owen (Education, Sport and Culture), Lindsay De Sausmarez (Environment and Infrastructure), Yvonne Burford (Scrutiny) and Victoria Oliver (Development and Planning).

There will be no sitting back and watching from the sidelines for the newbies, they have all rolled up their sleeves. Deputy Tina Bury will be extremely busy as Vice-President of Health and Social Care and a member of Employment and Social Security. Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller has a big role to play on Economic Development and is blending that with membership of the Development and Planning Authority. Deputy Sue Aldwell has joined Education, Sport and Culture with all the weight of public expectation that carries.

Just one disappointment – there are no women at all on four of the committees. Not for lack of trying – Deputy Aldwell’s bid for Home Affairs and Deputy Oliver’s for the States Trading and Supervisory Board were defeated.


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.

Please fill in the details below.


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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