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FOCUS: What will our new Assistant Ministers be doing?

FOCUS: What will our new Assistant Ministers be doing?

Thursday 01 September 2022

FOCUS: What will our new Assistant Ministers be doing?

Thursday 01 September 2022


When Chief Minister Kristina Moore welcomed her new team of 12 Ministers to their roles last month, she was clear that they should "expand responsibilities beyond" themselves.

With an "ambitious" 100-day plan to complete, she said that this would help them "deliver the best outcomes as we build a government of talent".

And Ministers appear to have taken the advice in her letters to heart, with nine Assistant Ministers having been appointed over the summer.

As well as deputising for the Minister when he or she is away, unavailable or conflicted, many Assistant Ministers also have specific responsibilities, to take some of the burden off their political boss.

Here, Express looks at who will be doing what over the next four years...

Constable Andy Jehan

Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for people services 

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Constable Andy Jehan will have responsibility for ‘people services’, so will oversee HR matters within the 8,000 strong civil service. He will also be Vice-chair of the States’ Employment Board, the official employer of all public servants.

Deputy Moore will chair SEB, with Social Security Minister Elaine Millar and Deputies Sir Philip Bailhache and Barbara Ward joining Constable Jehan on the board.

Deputy Alex Curtis

Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for telecoms and technology

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A member of Kristina Moore's 'Better Way' election group, Deputy Alex Curtis is Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for the Government’s ‘modernisation of digital technology’.

He will also take the political lead for the ‘Integrated Technology Solution’ programme, a £63m project to overhaul the Government’s finance, payroll, procurement computer systems, which in March was already eight months’ behind schedule.

Deputy Curtis is also an Assistant Minister for Deputy Kirsten Morel at Economic Development, where he will have responsibility for updating the Electronic Communications and Telecommunications laws. The wide-ranging laws govern everything from the make-up of the local telecoms market to prosecuting for sexting.

Deputy Lucy Stephenson

Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for sport and communications 

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Deputy Lucy Stephenson, who was also part of Deputy Moore's 'Better Way' team, has been made Assistant Chief Minister overseeing government communications.

As well as taking political responsibility for the Communications Unit, she will be in charge of implementing the second of 18 actions of the Council of Ministers’ 100 Day Plan: to deliver a review and recommendations on how the Government can “better engage with islanders, especially harder to reach audiences and how the Government can improve its release and presentation of information and data.”

As an Assistant Economic Development Minister, Deputy Stephenson will also be in charge of sport, so taking on responsibility for implementing the ‘Inspiring an Active Jersey’ strategy, which has a target of increasing physical activity by 10%, by 2030.

The strategy also includes creating ‘sport and wellbeing hubs’ at Les Quennevais, Le Rocquier, Springfield and Oakfield, and the possible building of an island stadium, which could dovetail with the Jersey Reds’ ambition to reach the rugby Premiership.

She will also be helping Jersey to prepare its contingent for next year’s Island Games, which will be held in Guernsey. 

Deputy Rose Binet

Assistant Minister with responsibility for mental health

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Deputy Rose Binet is an Assistant Minister at Health and Community Services with delegated responsibility for mental health

Among Deputy Binet’s responsibilities will be the completion of the significant redevelopment of Clinique Pinel and continuing the implementation of the recommendations of an independent review of Adult Mental Health Services, published last November. 

This included a review of all management roles within AMHS. It also fed into last week’s critical Mascie-Taylor review of the Hospital.

Deputy Hilary Jeune

Assistant Minister with responsibility for the climate emergency

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At Environment, Deputy Hilary Jeune will have the power to hear Planning appeals when her Minister, Jonathan Renouf, is away or conflicted.

She will also take political responsibility for all matters relating to the climate emergency. One of her significant duties will be the implementing the Carbon Neutral Roadmap, which the last Assembly passed in April. 

As part of its first phase, Deputy Jeune will be working out the detail of how £23m already ringfenced in the Climate Emergency Fund will be spent to encourage more islanders to reduce their carbon footprint.

She has also been appointed an Assistant Minister in Justice and Home Affairs, but her exact role is still being worked on.

Deputy Malcolm Ferey

Assistant Minister with responsibility for the charity sector and disability strategy

Malcolm Ferey

Deputy Malcolm Ferey, who is a member of the Jersey Liberal Conservatives, will have specific responsibilities for the charity sector and disability strategy as Assistant Minister for Social Security.

The St. Saviour representative will be focusing on how to encourage charities to work together, and help them meet the challenges of recruitment, finding volunteers and financing their activities. 

The Deputy will also take responsibility for the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, launched in 2017, which is being implemented by a project manager and two inclusion officers overseen by an advisory board, chaired by the Assistant Minister, and supported by working groups, as well as service users.

Deputy Louise Doublet 

Assistant Minister with responsibility for early years and out-of-school education

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Deputy Doublet will take responsibility for early years, families and out-of-school education, such as holiday clubs.

The Library Service may also fall within her remit. 

Like Deputy Jeune, she will also be working in Home Affairs, but her portfolio is yet to be decided.

Constable Richard Vibert

Assistant Minister with responsibility for children's social care services

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Constable Richard Vibert will have specific responsibility for Children Social Care Services, which includes children in care and care leavers.

At Treasury, Deputy Ian Gorst will be supported by Constable Vibert, who will have a role in financial services, which Deputy Gorst brought with him from External Relations.

Deputy Steve Ahier

Assistant Minister 

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Deputy Steve Ahier will also be providing support in the Treasury, as well as assisting Infrastructure Minister Tom Binet and International Development Minister Carolyn Labey.

His specific responsibilities in each area are yet to be determined.

Deputy Elaine Millar

Social Security Minister and Assistant Treasury Minister

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While Deputy Elaine Millar has a full portfolio of her own, she has also been appointed as an Assistant Minister.

Already a big spender of Government funds as Social Security Minister, she'll be supporting the Treasury Minister Ian Gorst.

Ministers without assistants

Two ministers do not have Assistant Ministers: External Relations Minister Philip Ozouf and Housing Minister David Warr.

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