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Business guru rules himself out as next Government CEO

Business guru rules himself out as next Government CEO

Friday 24 March 2023

Business guru rules himself out as next Government CEO

Friday 24 March 2023

A well-known local business guru and Chair of the Association of Jersey Charities has revealed he previously applied for the £250,000-a-year role of Government CEO - but has ruled himself out of running for the top job again.

Following the resignation of the current Government CEO Suzanne Wylie after around just 12 months in office, speculation abounds as to who might be next to become the island's next top civil servant.

Over the course of his nearly 50-year career, Kevin Keen has held a number of senior roles within Jersey business community, including as Chief Executive of Jersey Post, Chairman of Jersey Water, the Managing Director of Jersey Dairy, Director at Visit Jersey and as an Advisor to the States of Jersey.

With such experience, it's perhaps no wonder that some had expected him to throw his hat in the ring.

However, Mr Keen ruled out that possibility on Twitter today, saying he was "fully committed to business and charity work".

He also cited his age as a reason for not seeking to step into Suzanne Wiley's shoes.

Mr Keen added that he hoped to see the job filled by a Jersey person.

During the recruitment process which eventually saw Mrs Wylie appointed, just one of the seven candidates invited to final interview was based on-island. 


Pictured: Kevin Keen has ruled himself out of the role of Government CEO.

In the same thread, Mr Keen also confirmed that he had applied for the role in previous years.

"Always happy to help my island but definitely not in this capacity. Also failed last time I applied," he said.

"Even the offer of a 40% discount for my local alternative was not enough to persuade the Jersey Appointments Commission who made the decision."

The successful candidate in the next round of recruitment will be the fourth CEO to have led Jersey's civil service in just three years.


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Posted by EdWilliams4 on
Who wants to move to the vacant office at the Bully Bay, Broad Street, St Helier? High-stress, well paid job with no KPIs.
Posted by Scott Mills on
Yup indeed. He has seen the film 4 times in 5 years, so don't blame him. The role needs a team...not an individual!!!! : please see history since CEO was established for reasons.
Posted by john garner on
Good to know
Posted by Bob Wareing-Jones on
The government made an error in not appointing Kevin Keen to the role of CEO years ago when it had the opportunity to do so. Mr Keen would almost certainly have ensured not only that the public sector operated more efficiently he would also have made sure it did so providing both good value for the tax payer and in the best interests of all islanders. We now face yet another period of interim leadership, an expensive and unnecessary recruitment process, whilst conjecture and rumour grows about the real reasons the outgoing CEO is leaving! This does no good for anyone not least the credibility of the current Council of Minsters and the promise we would have greater openness and honesty in how decisions are made. I hope Mr Keen continues to speak out and lobby those in government to manage their brief for the common good, the bedrock for anyone in leadership.
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