Many congratulations to Jane Niles and Leonie Le Tissier, recently elected as a Constable for the Forest and Constable for St Sampson.
Jane is new to the Forest Douzaine but is excited to be working with a passionate and well-experienced Douzaine in focusing on community engagement.
We spoke to Jane and asked her what inspired her to stand and what she was looking forward to – scroll down to read the interview.
Leonie is a dedicated and proactive St Sampson’s Douzenier, with a particular passion for planning issues. If you came to see Jackie Weaver in September, you’ll remember Leonie as one of the panel members. Watch her in action here:
Interview with Jane Niles, new Constable for the Forest.
What inspired you to stand?
I have seen firsthand the dedication and enthusiasm of the Forest Parish Douzaine in supporting the residents and making the parish a wonderful place to live. I am happy to add my efforts to supporting as one of many people who volunteer their time and capabilities to deliver for their local communities.
Did you know much about being a parish official before you stood?
My husband has previously been Constable of the Forest Parish and both myself and my children got involved in supporting in some of the practical duties through his 4 year tenure (our 8 & 9 year old sons firmly believe they are deputy constables!). I therefore feel I have a reasonable grounding in the role and am grateful that I have both him and the existing Forest Parish Senior Constable, Clive Le Tissier, to guide me in the position.
What are you most looking forward to?
Working with a hugely experienced and dedicated Douzaine in helping the Forest Parish to thrive. We saw fantastic local engagement in supporting residents during the COVID lockdowns and our 2021 Liberation Day Event was a huge success. Building on that local community engagement will be a strong focus as well as continuing the excellent job the Douzaine does in supporting its residents.
What’s your professional/personal background?
I have no background in local politics or government. I work full time for a local private bank who supports and encourages its people to actively contribute to and engage in our local communities. I am hopeful that my experience in leading teams in banking internationally, having relocated to Guernsey from Hong Kong and, prior to that, London, will play well to the practical skills required in the role of Constable.