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Guernsey elects new Royal Court Jurat


The States of Election met to elect a new Jurat of the Royal Court on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

Many congratulations to Heather Reed who was elected by a significant majority after two rounds of voting.

Heather moved to Guernsey in 1998 as a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology until her retirement in 2017. Her work encompassed care and support for victims of domestic and child abuse in Guernsey. For several years she served as a member of the Board of Directors of Guernsey’s Women’s Refuge.

She is currently a Member of the CareWatch Panel, a volunteer for Health Connections and training to serve on the Child, Youth and Community Tribunal, together with her charity work.

Read more about Jurat Reed in her Guernsey Press interview.

Jurat Reed was sworn in by the Royal Court on Wednesday 7 April 2021.  The swearing-in ceremony, one of Guernsey’s great historical traditions, is described here.

Photo courtesy of the Guernsey Press.

Photo of Jurat Heather Reed

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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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