Government chief executive’s £50,000 second job criticised

GOVERNMENT chief executive Charlie Parker has come under fire following revelations that he accepted a £50,000-a-year directorship with a UK real-estate company.

Charlie Parker (29489708)
Charlie Parker (29489708)

The JEP can disclose that Mr Parker (pictured right), who earns £250,000 in his role as the Government of Jersey’s chief executive, was made a non-executive director of investment trust business New River last month.

Questions have also been asked about Chief Minister John Le Fondré, who sanctioned the appointment but failed to advise States Members of the news.

In response to questions from this newspaper, the government issued a statement saying that the position had no impact on Mr Parker’s role as the head of Jersey’s public sector, with his private-directorship work being done in Mr Parker’s own time.

Backbench politicians have expressed surprise at the news of Mr Parker’s extra-curricular role and questioned whether it was appropriate for him to take on such a position.

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‘Personally I don’t think that it’s appropriate for him to be involved in other companies in this way,’ said Deputy Kirsten Morel. ‘He should be 100% focused on his job in Jersey, for which he is sufficiently paid.

‘If the chief executive’s contract doesn’t stop him taking up appointments of this type, then it should do in the future – there is clear potential for a conflict of interest.’

Mr Parker’s contract, which was published in November 2018 almost a year after he took up his role in Jersey, stipulates that he may only take on additional roles with his employer’s permission. Part of Mr Parker’s States’ contract granted him full local residential qualifications, which ordinary Islanders have to earn by living in Jersey for ten years.

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