Top banking executive Andrew McLaughlin named as interim CEO of Jersey's government

Andrew McLaughlin will take over as the CEO of Jersey's government. Credit: Government of Jersey

A senior banking executive has been appointed as the Government of Jersey's new interim chief executive, taking over from Suzanne Wylie, who resigned in March for personal reasons.

Dr Andrew McLaughlin will take up the role on 5 September, working under a secondment between the Government of Jersey and his current employer, NatWest, until May 2024.

He was one of 27 candidates to put themselves forward for the role of interim CEO.

In a statement, Dr McLaughlin said: "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the community of Jersey for this next period. I will do my best to support the Chief Minister and her Government as they deliver their biggest priorities.

“I hope my leadership experience brings something new to the executive team and that I, in turn, can learn from colleagues who have dedicated their career to public service."

The recruitment process hasn't been a straightforward one for Jersey's government after confusion over Ms Wylie's departure led to the Chief Minister and her deputy being accused of misleading the States Assembly and investigated by the Commissioner for Standards.

On the appointment of the new interim CEO, Jersey's Chief Minister and Chair of the States Employment Board, Deputy Kristina Moore said: "I am delighted that such a highly qualified and local candidate as Andrew has stepped up to lead Jersey’s public service.

"Andrew brings with him decades of strategic leadership experience across a number of sectors, and his personal and professional experience will be of direct benefit to the Government as we look to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and chart Jersey into a much more sustainable, prosperous, and community-focused future."

Dr McLaughlin currently works as CEO of Commercial and Institutional, Non-Ring-Fenced Bank at NatWest in London, prior to which he was CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland International in Jersey.

He has lived in Jersey since May 2015 and was a regular visitor to the Island from 1986 when he worked as a student in the Island's hospitality sector. He also holds a first-class degree in Economics and Politics and a PhD in Public Policy.

On LinkedIn, he describes himself as an "engaging senior leader who brings strategic focus, energy and commercial edge to a team."

He goes on to say he is "a creative thinker who can solve problems, build confidence and communicate with all stakeholders".

Current CEO Suzanne Wylie will formally leave her post in July, with Assistant Chief Executive Tom Walker holding responsibility until Andrew McLaughlin takes up the role in September.

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