One of Jersey’s and the UK’s leading public policy figures, Sir Mark Boleat, has joined the Jersey Alliance Party, the Island’s largest political party, and will stand as a candidate for the Party in the 2022 elections. Financial and policy heavyweight, Sir Mark has a long and distinguished business, academic and public policy career. Political leader of the City of London as Chair of the City of London’s Corporation Policy and Resources Committee between 2012 and 2017, Jersey born Sir Mark has also been Chair of Andium Homes, the Jersey Development Company and the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority. He was knighted in 2017 for services to the financial services industry and local government in London.
Sir Mark has produced reports for the Jersey Government on population policy, housing policy, consumer policy, financial stability and Jersey’s island identity. He has written Jersey’s Population – a History and Migration from Jersey to New Zealand in the 1870s, has just completed Jersey in 1331, to be published shortly, and is working on An Economic History of Jersey.
To add to his list of credentials, Sir Mark has held a number of leading positions in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK. He has previously been Director General of the Building Societies Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Association of British Insurers, a director of a number of listed and private companies, Chair of several charities and Chair of governors of a large central London Academy. He is currently Chair of Link Scheme Ltd., which runs the Britain’s cash dispenser network, and a Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange.
Sir Mark said: “I look forward to helping the Jersey Alliance develop its policies in the run up to the 2022 elections. I believe that that I can build on my significant practical experience in handling public policy issues in both Jersey and the UK to help the Alliance develop a credible and comprehensive series of policies to put before the electorate. I have hugely enjoyed the various roles I have played in Jersey but have been frustrated by a political system which does not do justice to the people of Jersey. I believe that the Alliance can give Jersey the Government that it deserves in what are sure to be challenging times.”
Welcoming Sir Mark to the Alliance, Party Chairman and Home Affairs Minister Gregory Guida said: “The Jersey Alliance is immensely proud that someone of the calibre of Sir Mark Boleat has chosen to stand with us at the 2022 elections. We believe he will be a huge asset to Jersey and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Alliance Treasurer and Assistant Chief Minister, Deputy Rowland Huelin, added: “It is a major coup and it’s clear Sir Mark Boleat will be an invaluable member of the Jersey Alliance team as we ramp up our policy development and campaigning leading up to 22 June next year. His local experience and political acumen will be hugely important as the Jersey Alliance pushes the Island towards the huge changes required to secure our financial, societal and environmental future.”
The Jersey Alliance has already declared its goal of aiming for a majority in the States Assembly to ensure that it can bring its visions to fruition, which would be far more difficult with a set of independent candidates. This goal also means that there will be many new faces, all of whom will be bringing their ideas and experience and working as a team to make a real difference to the Island.
Sir Mark said: “I particularly hope that other members of our community will consider stepping up as prospective candidates. The current method of operation of the States Assembly is clearly a deterrent to people who would be excellent members from becoming involved. The Alliance aims to address this issue so that the Assembly becomes the place where the real issues facing Jersey are properly addressed rather than a debating forum.”