Revealed: Jersey's top civil servant has £50,000 second role

Jersey's most senior civil servant has a second £50,000 a year role working for a real estate company, it can be revealed.

Charlie Parker is the chief executive of the Government of Jersey, but new filings made to Companies House in the UK show he is now also a non-executive director of NewRiver REIT PLC.

The move was approved by both the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, ITV News can confirm.

NewRiver describes itself as a specialist in buying, managing and developing retail and leisure assets across the UK.

Its most recent accounts show it pays its non executive directors a basic fee of £50,000, plus expenses, and additional fees if they take on extra duties.

Mr Parker joined the government in 2017 and earns £250,000 a year.

In a statement, a government spokesperson said the appointment will have no impact on his role as chief executive.

It added: "Mr Parker does not hold any other listed or private company directorships.  However, since 2016 he has been on a Programme Board that is overseeing the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace. This position was agreed by both the former and current Chief Ministers and does not impact on his work as Chief Executive."

In a statement political party Reform Jersey has described the move as "unfortunate" and says it is "concerned" about a possible conflict of interest.

Mr Parker has hit the headlines on multiple occasions since his arrival in Jersey, including when it was revealed his contract of employment granted him permanent residency status.