As I write this, on the eve of this edition going to print, it is a little over two weeks since I took over fully as Editor of CONNECT and Bailiwick Express in Guernsey.
Putting CONNECT together in such a short period of time seemed like a slightly daunting task. It would have been impossible without a small but dedicated team of colleagues: our sales team, staff and freelance writers, graphic designers, photographers and others. I am looking forward to working with this great team to serve you – our all-important readers – with features, news, interviews and analysis which are distinctive, interesting and thought-provoking.
My experience of the past couple of weeks has made me reflect a lot on the concept of ‘team’. CONNECT regularly features business or community leaders. Individuals, often well-known, who are synonymous with their organisations. But for so many of them, as with an Editor, their leadership is not only influenced by but dependent upon the expertise, experience and commitment of the teams around them.
This is true in abundance, as they both freely admit, of two of the well-known business leaders we feature in this edition of CONNECT.
In Special Report, we interview Peter Wilcox, Managing Director of Travel Trident. For more than 50 years, his and his family’s ferries have allowed thousands and thousands of local families and visitors to make special memories in Herm.
In Unplugged, we interview Alan Bates, Chief Executive of Guernsey Electricity. The immense challenges of climate change and energy security make Guernsey Electricity arguably the most strategically important company in the Bailiwick.
We take Time Out with Savills’ Associate Directors Nick Paluch and Stuart Leslie, leaders of another team of dedicated colleagues, and find out about their working lives in prominent new offices in Royal Terrace.
We also meet Julia Jager. In No Ordinary Day Job, she tells a great story of how, almost by chance, she turned a hobby into a thriving business.
All of us at CONNECT wish our readers a very happy Christmas and New Year. Without tempting fate, let us hope that the festivities are not restricted too much by covid-19 – and even more so that in 2022 we can finally begin to move beyond this pandemic.