The new head of Alderney’s Civil Service, Theo Leijser, has visited the Island in advance of taking up his position in January.
Mr Leijser was appointed Chief Clerk, acting as Chief Executive to the States of Alderney, in October and confirmed in the role by the Lieutenant Governor, Lt-General Richard Cripwell, and at the November States meeting.
Mr Leijser explained: “I am very excited to visit in order to better understand the challenges and opportunities that Alderney faces,” said Mr Leijser whose recent positions have included Service Lead for Economy and Regeneration at South Ayrshire Council and before that, five years as Chief Executive to the Isles of Scilly.
“The people here are extremely friendly and the Members and civil service absolutely committed in their drive for the best quality of life for the community. I look forward to working with them to help make a real difference.”
He added that he enjoys island life following his time in the Scilly Isles where he was aware of the similar issues faced by both communities, including the economy, transport, healthcare and education.
He will step into his new role after a year in which States Treasurer Liz Maurice has acted as Temporary Chief Executive following the departure of the previous Chief Executive, Kath Jones.
Mrs Maurice, who has been widely lauded for her endeavours, will return to her former position in the New Year after handing over to Mr Leijser.
Pictured: Theo Leijser with Nigel Vooght, Chairman of the Policy & Finance Committee (PFC), at the Island Hall.