Saturday, 12 April 2008


I have decided to write this blog so that I can tell my story and share my experiences of working for the States of Jersey. If you wish to make a comment or ask a question, please could you either use your real name or create a name to ensure anonymity. This will allow other users and myself to identify how many people are leaving comments and create a forum where we can have a meaningful dialogue amongst users. The aim of my blog is to talk about my experiences as manager of the Greenfields Centre and hopefully it will encourage other people who have had difficult experiences working for the States of to tell their own stories. It is time for change. Whilst there are thousands of happy States of Jersey employees there are also a significant number who have had their lives turned upside down through an abuse of power and a culture of stamping out those who challenge the status quo. Issues such as these need to be addressed and this can only be done if people stand up and be counted so that the States of Jersey have no choice but to listen and to make the necessary changes.

My employment tribunal was settled part way through. My view - it was settled just before the evidence that I was giving started to raise serious questions about the conduct of some very senior civil servants within Health and Social Services, Education, Sport and Culture, Home Affairs and the Chief Ministers Department.

My story will make reference to the following people:

Joe Kennedy - Manager of Secure and Residential Services (currently suspended following evidence given at the employment tribunal)
Phil Dennett - Coordinator of the Children's Executive
Linda Dodds - Child Protection Team Manager
Tony Le Sueur - Head of the Children's Service
Marnie Baudains - Directorate Manager of Social Services
Micheala Clifford - Head of Health and Social Services Human Resources
Madeleine Davies - Human Resources Business Partner for Education Sport and Culture
Mario Lundy - Former Assistant Director of Education, Sport and Culture (Now Director)
Mike Pollard - Chief Executive for Health and Social Services
Tom McKeon - Former Director of Education, Sport and Culture
Steven Austin-Vautier - Chief Executive of Home Affairs
Mick Pinel - Head of Human Resources for Chief Ministers Department
Bill Ogley - Chief Executive of Chief Ministers Department
Frank Walker - Chief Minister

I know there are many people who will have unanswered questions about my case but I really want to tell the story from start to finish in a chronological order. If however you have any questions that you wish to ask me I will do my best to answer them in due course.