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Whitfield removed as States CEO by P&R

Whitfield removed as States CEO by P&R

Thursday 26 August 2021

Whitfield removed as States CEO by P&R

Thursday 26 August 2021

The States' Chief Executive Officer is "moving on" from his role, with the Policy & Resources Committee saying it has "taken action to bring about change" in the senior leadership at the States.

The news has come via a States press release this evening, containing a short message of thanks to Paul Whitfield for his "significant contribution" to the States, with additional quotes from Mr Whitfield and P&R President Deputy Peter Ferbrache.

"The Committee recognised the need for a change in senior leadership and have taken action to bring this about," said Deputy Ferbrache.

"Paul has made a valuable contribution to the organisation during his time in post as Chief Executive, most recently during the Covid-19 Emergency Response, but significantly over a public service career that has seen him carry out a number of diverse and challenging roles both in the UK and here in Guernsey and most recently recognised in receipt of a OBE National Honours award.

"The role of Chief Executive is undoubtedly a very challenging and demanding leadership position, one which Paul has discharged with integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality."

Mr Whitfield, in the same States press release, offered up a different view of his departure. 

"I have just returned from annual leave, which gave me some much-needed breathing space, and a chance to relax with my family. It has been such a busy time for all of us, including myself, and as things begin to settle, time for reflection is once again afforded to us all. In moving on, it provides opportunity to focus on some new and different challenges."

"It has been an amazing eight years, on top of a 40-year career in multiple public service roles, my role as CEO was a job undeniably unpredictable, and challenging but hugely rewarding."

Mark de Garis will step-up into the position of interim Chief Executive, with Mr Whitfield leaving with immediate effect. 

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