The Policy Centre Jersey is an independent think tank that has the objective of increasing knowledge about and civic engagement in Jersey, thereby contributing to a more effective policy making with better outcomes for the people of the Island.
It pursues its objective by -
- Undertaking authoritative research on policy issues.
- Publishing briefings on key policy issues and easy access to relevant papers and research.
- Providing a forum for discussion on policy issues.
- Publishing brief up-to-date papers on all aspects of Jersey (history, economy, constitution, geography etc) aimed particularly at schools.
The Centre is not aligned with any political party, grouping or philosophy and is rigorously objective. It seeks to collaborate with similar bodies in the UK and other jurisdictions.
The Centre has published a paper Think tanks and their role in public policy which explains what think tanks are and how they operate generally, before considering the role of the Policy Centre Jersey.
The Centre has a constitution as an unincorporated association and is a registered Jersey charity. The Centre is governed by a Management Committee comprising Alan Merry (Chair), Phil Romeril (Secretary), Phillip Callow (Treasurer), Simon Burgess, Kate Wright and Becca De Freitas.
The work of the Centre is guided by an Advisory Council comprising people with an interest in public policy issues including representatives from charities, businesses and public bodies. Simon Burgess, Chair of the Homelessness Strategy Board, is Chair of the Advisory Council and Wendy Dorman and Kate Wright are Vice Chairs.
Simon has spent over two decades working with the hospitality industry. From training as a chef in the early part of his career, to becoming a drinks specialist, training in excess of 1,000 bartenders, across the Channel Islands, UK and Europe, from bars to pubs, clubs to restaurants, hotels to private super yachts. Simon then headed up the industry in Jersey, working as the CEO of the Jersey Hospitality Association, notably through the challenges of COVID and also as Head of Hospitality and Tourism at Jersey Business. Both gave him a strong insight into the operation of a multitude of businesses and opportunities to develop, as well as a good grasp of policy and strategy, in particular around issues such as work permits. Simon also sits on the board of Caring Cooks, Flourish, and is Vice Chair of IoD Jersey.
Alan Merry is Chair of Jersey Post. He has extensive international senior executive and board-level experience gained across a range of business sectors including financial services, retail, renewable energy and professional services. Alan was a Director of CPA Global for 8 years, Chair of the Jersey Appointments Commission and more recently, worked closely with the Board and executive team on the incorporation of the Ports of Jersey. Alan also sits on the Committee of Family Nursing and Home Care.
Simon Burgess is a consultant providing strategic advisory services to organisations, funds and real estate investors, having previously held senior management roles in global financial services businesses. He offers services as a chair, facilitator, mediator and arbitrator, whilst also holding a number of non-executive director board positions focused on real estate, private equity and infrastructure investments. He is the Independent Chair of the Jersey Homelessness Strategic Board, a member of the Jersey Housing Strategic Partnership Board and sits on a number of committees of industry bodies. He is a Chartered Director, Chartered Surveyor, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Philip is Managing Director of Moore Stephens Audit & Assurance (Channel Islands). He has over 35 years’ experience working within the financial services industry. Phillip is current Chair of the Jersey Child Care Trust and a former Chair of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Association of Jersey Charities. Over the course of his career, Phillip has served as Chair, Director, Company Secretary and Chief Executive of a number of organisations ranging from small private companies to international operations.
Phil Romeril is Co-Founder of the PCJ, and is also Chair of Family Nursing and Home Care. He qualified as a pharmacist and built up a pharmacy business in Jersey and Guernsey with 80 staff, which was sold to the Channel Islands Co-operative Society in 2014. In 2018, Phil established a new business – Homecall Ltd - to deliver the internationally recognised Call & Check service in Jersey and abroad. He has held a number of positions in the healthcare sector in Jersey.
Kate Wright is an HR and cultural change specialist and through her consultancy, Arbre Consulting, delivers HR, L&D and cultural change support across a range of clients and industries in the U.K. and Channel Islands. She co-founded The Diversity Network in Jersey 5 years ago, and works with local employers and campaign partners to help promote and facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion across the business community.
Kate has been a Commissioner for the Jersey Appointments Commission since October 2022. She is Chair of the Jersey Community Relations Trust and an Adult Advisory Panel member for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. She is also independent Chair of a Government Taskforce examining Violence Against Women and Girls in Jersey.
Wendy is a non-Executive Director and audit committee chair of three FTSE listed companies. She has over 25 years’ experience in taxation gained both in the UK and the offshore environment, working both in practice and industry. In 2001 she moved from London to Jersey and she led the Channel Islands tax practice of PwC until June 2015. Wendy is former President of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants and former Chair of the Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors. She is also a former director of Jersey Finance Limited.
Sir Mark has undertaken consultancy projects for the government of Jersey on housing, consumer protection, immigration, financial resilience and Island identity and for clients in the UK and internationally on housing finance and the development of public policy. He was written a number of books and papers on Jersey including Jersey’s population – a history. He is a former Political Leader of the City of London Corporation and currently is Chair of LINK, which runs Britain’s cash dispenser network, and of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange.
Becca is a qualified English Solicitor at Viberts law firm. Having initially join in 2015, Becca has nearly a decade of experience within the legal industry. Originally, Becca started her career in the area of Private Client, and she now sits in the firm's Employment and Corporate team, where she advises a range of clients on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and a variety of corporate matters - Becca has amassed a broad knowledge across multiple practice areas in Jersey. Previously, Becca obtained her LLB law degree at the University of East Anglia before going on to attain a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course and in her Masters in Professional Legal Practice (LLM), with the University of Law.