IOD June Breakfast Features Guernsey Chief Exec

11th June 2019

The IoD’s June breakfast this week will feature Paul Whitfield, the Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey.

He will be speaking about his experiences leading the ten-year programme of reform of the island’s public services which is the largest employer in the Bailiwick employing one in five of the working population.

This includes teachers, nurses, police officers, technical analysts and policy people.

The IOD Breakfast is at the OGH this Friday at 7.45am and tickets are available on Eventbrite. They’re £12.50 for IoD members or £17.50 for non members.


Paul was born and educated in Guernsey.  After completing his formal education, he spent many years away from the Island, initially pursuing a career with the military followed by a brief spell working in marketing in London.  Recognising that he needed a career more closely aligned to his personal values, Paul left the private sector to join the UK Government, spending time in both operational and strategic advisory roles.  Paul spent several years in leadership roles for the Home Office and HM Prison Service before returning to Guernsey with his family and beginning his career with the States of Guernsey, in 2006. In December 2013 he was appointed to his current position as Chief Executive.   Paul is passionate about the Island community he returned to, and his mandate as the States’ Chief Executive is to reform the public service so that it is sustainable and able to meet the changing needs of our community.

Outside of work and family, Paul’s big passion is rugby.  He coaches a junior team – something that connects him to families in the community and he finds benefits him as much, if not more, than those he coaches.   

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