Innovator or survivor? 2014 IOD debate

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tickets are to go on sale for the popular annual Institute of Directors’ debate which takes place on Thursday 9 October at Beau Sejour.

The voice of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Guernsey-born broadcaster Sarah Montague will return to moderate this year’s debate which will have the title: Guernsey: Proactive innovator or reactive survivor?

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Monday 30 June and, based on previous years, are expected to sell very quickly.

Panellists include Guernsey’s Chief Minister Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Graham Harrison, co-founder of Commerce and Employment Guernsey business of the year Asset Risk Consultants and trainer and coach Kathy Tracey, managing director of The Learning Company. Edinburgh University politics student George Melhuish, a former sixth form attendee at the debate, will be returning to the event as a panellist.

Other high profile panellists will be announced shortly.

With one eye on the Commerce and Employment Department’s Strategic Framework for Guernsey’s Economic Development, the panel will question how Guernsey is faring in meeting its four objectives – developing existing economic sectors, supporting new ones, ensuring Guernsey works for business and tracking the development of the economy. It will also consider what changes or improvements might be made to the business plan.

Chairman of the IOD’s Guernsey branch Mark Palfrey said: “We want to question constructively whether Guernsey is doing enough to ensure its success for future generations. Is it enough to rely on our past successes in terms of innovation and the creation of opportunities or should we be making our own luck?

“I’m confident that the panel, under Sarah Montague’s moderation, will give us some thought-provoking insight into their views. As ever there will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to contribute to the discussion.

“We are grateful to Carey Olsen for their loyal support of this key event in Guernsey’s business calendar.”

John Greenfield, Managing Partner of Carey Olsen, said: “Carey Olsen is once again working in partnership with the IOD to organise this year’s debate. It remains a challenge for Guernsey to be able to provide the right framework that will both support its existing economic sectors and encourage the development of emerging new business. This is a great opportunity to apply some business thinking, both from panellists and the audience, to the topic.”

Individual tickets, which will be allocated to a club table, will cost £75.00, while the cost for a table of 10 will be £750.00. They are available online at the following website address: The website page will become active for the purchase of tickets at 9.30 a.m. on Monday 30 June, on a first come, first served basis.

Other sponsors of the IOD debate are: Long Port, Credit Suisse, JT, the Ana Leaf Foundation, TPA and Sueco.

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