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Laura chosen for Nature Commission


Laura McKerrell has been selected from a pool of nearly 50 candidates to join the board of the newly-formed Nature Commission.

Most recently Executive Director of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, Laura has over ten years’ experience working within communications and project management. She is currently self-employed, working with clients around the world predominantly in the publishing industry.

Locally born and raised, Laura has always had a great love of the outdoors and, as a result, has a keen awareness of the need to protect and help to enhance the very special island of Guernsey.

We asked Laura what inspired her to apply and what she’s hoping to achieve:


How did you find out about the Nature Commission and its search for directors?

I believe I first saw the call out on the Guernsey Community Foundation’s website and/or their social media.

What inspired you to apply?

I was interested in taking up a local voluntary position and the preservation of the island’s natural environment is something I care deeply about, so the Nature Commission jumped out at me as a great opportunity.

What do you hope to achieve as a board member?

Our aim as the Nature Commission is to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the island within a generation. As the parent of young children, I want to play an active role in ensuring we are taking meaningful and effective steps towards a better future for them. I aim to support our Executive team in establishing strong relationships across all stakeholders and engaging those not yet invested in change.


Media release announcing the board of the Nature Commission.

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.

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