Ted Vibert

BIO

I was born at Grosnez in St.Ouen and into a Jersey family whose surname first appeared in a jury list recording of the 14th century Assizes. My dad was a carpenter, having learnt his trade from his Dad, also a carpenter. When the Germans occupied the island, we had to move into town as there was no work for Dad and he became a prison warder until his retirement.  Mum was a night nurse at the Limes.

I spent my childhood at Clos du Paradis, Almorah, with my two sisters and two brothers and was in the first group of boys who had passed their 11+ who opened Hautlieu.  At 16 I won a Howard Davis Scholarship to attend the School of Navigation at Warsash. near Southampton, a training ground for merchant ship officers as  I  intended to join the Merchant Navy.  This ambition ended when I was hit in the eye by a cricket ball which damaged my eyesight and I was not able to pass the rigorous Board of Trade eyesight tests necessary for a career as a ship’s officer

I returned to Jersey and went into journalism at 18 as a junior reporter on the Jersey Evening Post. From then on, I have been involved either in journalism or in public relations, advertising, and publicity. I spent four years in London as the Tourism’s public relations officer before moving to Australia to work on similar tourism projects. On my return to Jersey 28 years later I was elected as a Deputy and then as a Senator and sat on the then Tourism Committee and was the first chairman of Scrutiny. I was elected by the parishioners on to the St. Helier Roads Committee.

Politics

I was born at Grosnez in St.Ouen and into a Jersey family whose surname first appeared in a jury list recording of the 14th century Assizes. My dad was a carpenter, having learnt his trade from his Dad, also a carpenter. When the Germans occupied the island, we had to move into town as there was no work for Dad and he became a prison warder until his retirement.  Mum was a night nurse at the Limes.

I spent my childhood at Clos du Paradis, Almorah, with my two sisters and two brothers and was in the first group of boys who had passed their 11+ who opened Hautlieu.  At 16 I won a Howard Davis Scholarship to attend the School of Navigation at Warsash. near Southampton, a training ground for merchant ship officers as  I  intended to join the Merchant Navy.  This ambition ended when I was hit in the eye by a cricket ball which damaged my eyesight and I was not able to pass the rigorous Board of Trade eyesight tests necessary for a career as a ship’s officer

I returned to Jersey and went into journalism at 18 as a junior reporter on the Jersey Evening Post. From then on, I have been involved either in journalism or in public relations, advertising, and publicity. I spent four years in London as the Tourism’s public relations officer before moving to Australia to work on similar tourism projects. On my return to Jersey 28 years later I was elected as a Deputy and then as a Senator and sat on the then Tourism Committee and was the first chairman of Scrutiny. I was elected by the parishioners on to the St. Helier Roads Committee.

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