Successful businesswoman to stand for Deputy with Reform Jersey
Catherine Curtis will be seeking election as a Reform Jersey candidate for States Deputy in St Helier Central in the June general election.
Catherine is proud to be standing as a member of Reform Jersey. She said - “This is the party that has consistently brought propositions to improve people’s lives. We support each other and share the same values. We have a shared manifesto, so voters know what, by working together, we will deliver.”
She is a Jersey born mother with a passionate desire to see responsible governance in her island. Educated at the Convent FCJ she has also lived in other countries before settling back in Jersey. “I fully support fair treatment for all Jersey residents, be they newcomers or from established Jersey families. However, we are a small island, so need a population policy, and urgently need to address the housing crisis.”
Catherine has a first-class degree in Climate Change and Innovation, and a diploma in International Environmental Policy. “I appreciate the need to protect our environment and understand the measures we can take, and the opportunities such protection will bring.”
Primarily a businesswoman, she has started several successful businesses, and continues to run a grave care business. She is the founder and ex-managing director of the companies which comprise the international brand “BabyHub”, having designed the products which have won multiple design awards and were sold in the UK, Europe, Singapore and Dubai. It was listed in Richard Branson’s top twenty UK and Irish businesses and featured on the BBC. “I stepped back from running BabyHub in June 2020, and the new team took it in a different direction. I have gained great experience in management, negotiation and risk during my seven years with BabyHub. I’m a big supporter of business in Jersey and believe we should all have the opportunity to pursue our ambitions.”
Catherine has held many voluntary positions and is currently a Rates Assessor for St Helier and a delegate (formerly curator). Through the pandemic she also worked many night shifts as a carer, primarily to be able to spend time with her mother, who was resident at St Joseph’s Care Home. “During this time, I gained valuable knowledge, including a level three diploma in adult care, and was impressed by my amazing colleagues who were so kind in their treatment of the dementia and nursing residents.” She was also a foster parent for five years. “We had many lovely children come to stay with us, and it was a great benefit to my own children.”
Reform Jersey party leader Sam Mézec said – “I am delighted that Catherine is running for election. I know that she has a strong social conscience and a desire to see Jersey become a more equal society. With her excellent record in business, she will make a very effective States Member.”