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Press Release - New Alderney CEO 24.03.2021

Alderney's new CEO

Kathryn Jones, Chief Executive, States of Alderney

With travel within the Bailiwick now restored, Kath Jones has now taken up her position as the Island's new Chief Executive this week.

Originally from South Wales, Kath grew up in beautiful Pembrokeshire and has spent the majority of her professional life in London. Happiest being able to glimpse the sea every day, her most recent work has been as Senior Administrator to the Government of Sark.

A qualified environmental scientist, Kath began her career with an environmental consultancy conducting air and water quality testing at sites including the Bank of England, a women's prison, schools and major retailers. Part of her training as an environmental scientist included four months of conservation work at St Ouens Bay in Jersey.

Switching to local government in 1988, her new career began as an official witness at an exhumation on her first day at work. She has held multiple public sector roles including Health and Safety and Environmental Health enforcement, Performance Improvement, Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), Strategy and Policy.

While working full time, Kath completed her MBA in 1995 majoring in strategic HR, attaining skills which were later used in both her senior management posts for the London Borough of Redbridge (1997-2005) and Improvement Manager at the Local Government Association (2005-2011). In these roles, she worked on improving team, departmental and corporate performance, ethical governance and leadership development.

While at the Local Government Association, Kath worked with local and national politicians, central and local government officers, their partners and stakeholders across England to improve outcomes for communities. Her work on improving the interdepartmental relationship between central and local government, with a particular focus on health, was shortlisted for the Civil Service Awards for contribution to central government excellence in 2008.

Earlier work with the University of Nottingham on stress and wellbeing at work was internationally recognised as best practice and resulted in her being invited to speak at an international conference in Copenhagen, and subsequently headhunted to work for a government agency in Melbourne, Australia, as State Project Advisor.

She completed the Ashridge Business School Future Leaders Programme in 2010. Three years later she undertook a programme at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations which she reports as "the most challenging way of learning I've ever experienced".

Kath was appointed Senior Administrator to the Government of Sark in November 2013 and quickly felt part of the community through volunteering at sheep racing, getting involved with amateur dramatics and hosting musicians for the Sark Folk Festival. She's a sailing beginner and has refused to be put off despite breaking an arm while on a friend's yacht.