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Who Can I Ask For Help?

All sorts of people. Fellow States Members will have faced the most similar challenges and concerns, and they are a valuable source of practical knowledge. It’s always worth talking to more than one person, though, as everyone will have their own different perspectives on what can be achieved and how!

Remember that a lot of retired States Members are still interested in politics (or perhaps, more to the point, still recognise the value of politics) and would be more than happy to help if you wanted to ask someone who knows the game, but isn’t playing it, so to speak.

Civil servants are there to help, too. There’s a wonderful team at the Greffe who support States Meetings – they’re all fantastic, and have seen it all before, and I don’t think they’d treat anything as a silly question. They’d either be able to help you out directly, or point you in the direction of someone who can. The States Greffier – a new role, created this term – is meant to be the main point of contact for States Members, for technical advice on all sorts of political matters.

Committee civil servants can help answer your Committee-related questions. If you’re on a Committee, they’ll provide you with all sorts of assistance in that role as well – but even if you’re not, there’s nothing to stop you approaching Committee officers with questions, and they will no doubt do what they can to help.

You’re learning the ropes when you’re newly elected – you are not expected to transform into an experienced Deputy overnight. It is okay not to know. The more you take the time to ask questions and to learn, the more effective you will be as you continue in your role – so don’t be afraid to do so.

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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