Barry started his professional career as a communications engineer and, looking for a more challenging life, joined the Army where he served in UK and NATO appointments in the Far East, Europe and UK including a secondment to Parcel Force responsible for reducing management by 20%.
He invented hybrid mails service for Forces serving overseas which is now used by the US and UK Forces world-wide. Barry retired to Guernsey in 2002 and is the Business Director of a UK engineering company specialising in the marine environment and has held various consultancy appointments in UK and Europe advising on strategy and management structures.
He was appointed Director of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce in August 2007. He is a Freeman of the City of London and has been involved in numerous organisations outside the military, including youth work and chairing various civilian committees. A keen ornithologist and has an interest in choral and classical works.
He keeps himself fit and enjoys a wide variety of outdoor pursuits including walking, sailing, sea fishing and, when he gets the time, email@example.com
John O’NeillHead of Business Development
John started his career at the Guernsey Press after being offered a permanent photographers role while still at University. During his time working in the news industry he went from being a Junior photographer, a trusted Duty Photographer, Deputy Picture Editor and finally Image Editor and Head of Department.
This role meant John was deeply involved in all aspects of Island life and responsible not only for filling each edition of the paper with news and sport features but also arranging coverage of everything from Business appointments to Island Games Events and Royal Visits. He was also one of the first main judges for the International Guernsey Photographic Festival and remained onboard for a number of years.
He left the top photographic job at the newspaper after serving 12 years to set up his own business. Specialising in high end product and architectural photography, with the occasional PR feature, he found that he already knew all the major contacts needed to run a successful business. During this time he joined the B48 Club, a morning networking club, and held a place on the Council.
John was originally brought into Chamber to help before and during a maternity leave period covering all aspects of the Events and Communications role. Soon a new role was developed appointing him as the Head of Business Development. The role was set up with the objective of encouraging growth in sectors both on and off Island. Locating potential business deals by contacting potential partners; discovering, exploring and identifying business opportunities and to enhancing organisation reputation, defining long-term organisational strategic goals and building key customer relationships.
He plays in a local band and has appeared on ITV’s Studio Jam, enjoys growing, making wine, astronomy, science journals, MotoGP, walking, running and firstname.lastname@example.org
Linsey JenkinsHead of Client Services
Linsey is originally from South Africa and emigrated to Guernsey with her family in 2006. She attended Ladies’ College where she gained A-Levels in English Literature, ICT, Economics and Afrikaans (the first Ladies’ College student to take this subject – maybe even the first in the island). She then returned to her native country to the University of Stellenbosch where she graduated with BA in International Relations in 2012.
On completing her degree, Linsey returned to Guernsey and driven by her passion for the subject, helped establish the Protect Foundation. During her time with Protect, Linsey worked to raise awareness of global human trafficking, speaking at schools, churches, businesses and societies on Guernsey.
In 2014 Linsey joined the marketing team at Specsavers Optical Group Ltd, assisting in local planning and implementation of marketing strategies.
She has now joined Guernsey Chamber as head of client services and will be primarily looking after the Chamber memberships and helping out with events as well as supporting the wide variety of tasks and projects in which the small team of three get involved.
John O’Neill, Chamber’s head of business development, welcomed Linsey to the team:
‘We are delighted that Linsey has joined us. It’s exciting to have a new member of staff who I know will bring a new set of skills and new experience to add to the mix. As the new head of client services, Linsey is now the key contact for our membership. I am sure the natural enthusiasm Linsey brings will be a real asset to Chamber and I look forward to working with her.’
In her spare time Linsey enjoys cycling, reading, watching films and making full use of the scenic cliff paths that island life has to email@example.com