FORMER Concern chairman Chris Perkins is standing for Senator.
The 44-year-old finance industry worker is the seventh candidate to announce that he will stand – guaranteeing that there will be an election for the six seats on the Senatorial bench. Mr Perkins is an assistant manager at RBS Coutts Trustees, and a member of the Institute of Financial Services.
But he is better known for his work as an environment volunteer and campaigner. He was chairman of environmental pressure group Concern, obtained an MSc for research on Island lizard populations in the 1980s, was a founder member of the Agile Frog recovery group, a member of the Ramsar steering committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Mr Perkins says he is against the proposed £100m incinerator at La Collette and in favour of further government reform. He said: ‘The current policy to grow the economy and combat our ageing society through continuous population growth is wrong. It will not solve the problem of an ageing society and the economic returns from population growth will diminish year by year, as more pressure is placed on our infrastructure and quality of life.’
Mr Perkins was born in Jersey and educated at Les Quennevais and Hautlieu. The St Helier resident is married to Jill and they have three teenage children. He joins sitting Senator Mike Vibert, Deputy Peter Troy, former Magistrate Ian Le Marquand, Fairtrade campaigner Daniel Wimberley, therapist Cliff Le Clercq and environmental campaigner Nick Palmer in the running for Senator.