Building a closer relationship with Guernsey is a key priority for Alderney’s latest senior politician following the island's most recent election.
Former PWC Partner Nigel Vooght, a new member of the States of Alderney, was elected as the Policy & Finance Committee chairman as part of a series of political changes.
He replaces Ian Carter, who stood down from the role after seven months, and who himself stepped in when Bill Abel resigned last year for health reasons.
Mr Vooght said his three main priorities would be to help bring the Island Plan alive for the community, working with the other committee chairs to promote Alderney’s economy and building a closer relationship with Guernsey.
“The recent decision to extend the Airport runway is an important part of driving our economy forward by working together in close co-operation with Guernsey,” he said.
Guernsey has agreed to spend £24m. on the runway project, with Alderney contributing £3.5m.
Pictured: Nigel Vooght is the new Policy & Finance Committee chairman in Alderney.
Mr Vooght was one of four members elected to the States of Alderney without facing a vote after too few candidates came forward.
He has been resident in the Island for three years.
In other changes, Lin Maurice will head up the General Services Committee, Kevin Gentle Building & Development Control and Alex Snowdon takes charge of Economic Development, which has now been elevated to full committee status.
Mr Snowdon said: “With a new mandate, this committee has a vital part to play in job creation, promoting tourism and creating new business opportunities. We are mindful of the fact that the airport development will create 20,000 extra seats for passengers and can only expand the opportunity for commuters, visitors and the community.”
Other appointments included Steve Roberts, one of the two Alderney Representatives at the Guernsey States, as Vice President, and Ian Carter to the St Anne’s School Management Committee.
Pictured: Steve Roberts is one of the two Alderney representatives in the States of Guernsey.
Mr Carter was also appointed to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association along with Lin Maurice and Bruce Woodhead, and also to the Alderney Care Board along with Boyd Kelly.
Mr Roberts and Mr Snowdon were confirmed as the Alderney Representatives in Guernsey following last month’s plebiscite election.
The appointments were made by the nine sitting members.
The last general election failed to attract enough candidates for a contest, with all four who stood - Mr Vooght, Bruce Woodhead, Bill Abel and Steve Roberts, being elected.
Alderney usually holds an election every two years to replace half of the 10 member Assembly.
The by- election for the vacant seat will take place on Saturday 18 February.
The Polling Station is in the Island Hall between 09:30 and 18:30.
In one of his last acts as P&F Chairman, Mr Carter appealed to members of the community to come forward as candidates to ensure a contested election.
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