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Meet Jane Niles and Leonie Le Tissier


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.

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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