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New AGC board members


The Association of Guernsey Charities support and promotes the voluntary sector, highlighting its importance to the island, and running members events, networking opportunities and training sessions.

The AGC recently recruited three new directors to its board.

We spoke to Gillian Gill, Samantha Rouse and Bella Farrell to find out what inspired them to step forward for these board positions.


Gillian Gill, Finance Director


Q: How did you find out about the role?

I think it was a mailshot from Women in Public Life!

Q: What attracted you to it?

I’ve been involved for many years in a number of charities and other voluntary work, and thought it would be interesting to have a broader experience of organisations in the third sector. The recent rule changes have brought about a lot more focus on good governance, and charities need to be ready to demonstrate this. That doesn’t need to be hard, but sometimes it’s difficult navigating or interpreting the regulations.

Q: What was the recruitment process like?

My qualifications I think were attractive in the first instance, to put me on the shortlist (though at the time I hadn’t known they were looking for a Finance Director). I’d already met the panel in various guises before, so the interview was more of a chat.

Q: What are you looking forward to achieving?

I’m looking forward to working with my fellow directors to support charities in their aims, especially in enhancing the presence of local charities. I promise I will keep an eye on the costs as we are very mindful and grateful for the support we are given to fund our small office at Le Guet.

Gillian is a Director at Bank J. Safra Sarasin and Treasurer for the Guernsey Glees. LinkedIn


Samantha Rouse, Secretary


Q: How did you find out about the role?

I follow the AGC on LinkedIn, and saw they were advertising for new director positions.

Q: What attracted you to it?

I have been on the board of local charities in the past, but I was specifically looking for a way to help multiple charities rather than one cause. Recently, I’ve been attending the Politics Group Live meetings with Women in Public Life, and through this I’ve been encouraged to put myself out there and get more involved in the local community.

Q: What was the recruitment process like?

The recruitment process was very friendly, and I felt I was supported in my application and interview by the panel, who I enjoyed getting to know. I didn’t feel put under pressure, and we spoke a lot about expectations and the practical elements of the role.

Q: What are you looking forward to achieving?

I’ve agreed to take on the Secretary role for this year, so my specific goals are relating to the governance aspects of running a charity, helping organisations meet their legal obligations, working with the Guernsey Registry, and also helping address the shortage of volunteers in the secretarial space. Overall, I’m looking forward to getting to know local charities and help any way I can.

Samantha is the founder of Horsepool Consulting Ltd. LinkedIn


Bella Farrell, Member


Q: How did you find out about the role?

Social media initially and then by asking the existing team more about the role.

Q: What attracted you to it?

I’ve got the third sector and collaboration in my DNA and I want to be in a position where my skills can be used to help move things forward together.

Q: What was the recruitment process like?

Very straight forward, I showed up at interview in my usual mindset of “What is meant to be, will be” and “Girl, be yourself”.

Q: What are you looking forward to achieving?

I’m looking forward to being part of a wider system of compassionate, smart, proactive and committed people who aim to strengthen the third sector further, demonstrate its value and ensure it continues to be a strong part of the island’s economic, environmental and social value going forward.

Bella is Director and CEO of Health Connections and Chair of CareWatch. LinkedIn

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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