Jan Kuttelwasher

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher

Sadly, recently one of the founders of 2020 and more importantly one of the leading politicians in Guernsey over the last twelve years, Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher died.

 Jan was an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary and full life.  He still had much to offer and would have been a candidate in the forthcoming election.  We as an organisation are going to miss his wise guidance (and humour) and, even more sadly, so will his family and the population of the Island whom he served so well.

 Jan was born in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1946.  The dark curtain of Communism was coming down in 1948 and the Communists were moving in.  His parents then decided to leave Czechoslovakia and Jan, who was then only two and his sister were sedated and put in the boot of the car whilst the parents made their exit to Germany.  Jan and his family spent the next six months in a refugee camp in Germany. The family then moved to London as Jan’s uncle was already there. Jan’s uncle was the most distinguished of Czech pilots in the Second World War.

 Jan attended school and in London passed the 11 Plus.  He said that was one of the watershed moments of his life.  He went to a Catholic boys’ grammar school. He was outstanding as a student.  He then took up a place at Queen Mary College in the University of London. He was so bright that he graduated for the Special Honours Degree in Physics.  He then engaged in a career for which he was so wonderfully suited. He joined BOAC which later merged with two other State entities to become British Airways.  In his pilot training he had his first connection with Guernsey in that he met Jurat Jerry Girard and they both qualified at the same time.

 Jan was not just a pilot, he was a distinguished pilot, but he also set up an import/export business and he carried out some property development.  Being a former refugee Jan had that restless spirit. He had that enterprise. In 1982 he sold his business and accepted a secondment to Air Mauritius.  At that time that country was a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean. He moved his family there. He flew many of the inaugural routes for that airline and also trained local pilots on the then new 707 aircraft.

 The family returned to the UK in 1986 and he continued his career with British Airways until he retired in 2000, a career which lasted 33 years.  For many of those years he was a CAA Instructor and Examiner. He flew to many destinations a plane known nowadays as the Jumbo Jet.

 His flying career and accomplishments can be described as nothing less than distinguished.

 He and his wife had visited Guernsey on holiday in 1993 and liked the Island so much that they bought a house and effectively moved to Guernsey in early 1994.

 He and his wife took to Island life like a duck to water.  After retirement as a pilot he became a member of the St Peter Port Douzaine and was actively involved in Age Concern.  Since 2008 he has been a Deputy serving the district of St Peter Port South. He did that with integrity, ability and distinction.  He made a vast contribution to the States of Guernsey.

He sat on a number of committees.  He was previously the Deputy Minister for the Treasury and Resources Department and this term he was both Vice-President of Economic Development and later a member of the States Trading Supervisory Board.  In both of those roles he brought his considerable knowledge, not just relating to the Airport and Aviation, but also to so many other topics.

He was a man of the highest integrity and decency and possessed great humour and charm.  He was incisive and tolerant and less than a week before his death at a committee meeting of the 2020 Association he was brimming with ideas and was about to produce some papers on some important topics.

He is going to be remembered much more than just for his sustained and able promotion of the runway extension (which we believe should come to fruition).  He had so many ideas, all liberally laced with common sense, all for the benefit of our community.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and wider family, but also by our Association and the people of Guernsey.

Business Case and Cost Benefit Analysis for the Extension of the Runway

This Requête promotes good governance and would facilitate better government in relation to this issue.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher explains the upcoming runway requête:

Without the benefit analysis there would not be sufficient data to make a case either for or against a runway extension. The requête is brought by Deputies: Jan Kuttelwascher, Peter Ferbrache, Jeremy Smithies, Joseph Mooney, Marc Leadbeater, Jennifer Merrett and Victoria Oliver

Jan will be live on BBC Guernsey at about 7:50 26/11/19 discussing this.

The Institute of Directors (IoD), the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and the Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA) support the requête but are not supportive of the proposed delaying sursis by Deputies St Pier and Trott:



Here’s the Requête:


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THE HUMBLE PETITION of the undersigned Members of the States of Deliberation SHEWETH THAT:

  1. At their meeting on 13th December, 2018 the States of Deliberation resolved as follows –

“1. To approve the Core Strategic Objectives, Critical Success Factors and Investment Objectives as set out in Appendix 1 of the policy letter.

2. To note that the Core Strategic Objectives, Critical Success Factors and Investment Objectives as approved by the States will be taken forward and used to assess the cost/benefit evaluation of options that will be put forward for further investment to secure, improve and optimise the Bailiwick’s air and sea links.”1

  1. Paragraph 6.1 of the policy letter stated:

The work currently being commissioned by the Policy & Resources Committee will result in detailed cost/benefit analysis of the different options for air and sea link infrastructure and future policy development. The Investment Objectives set out in this policy letter will be used as a framework for this analysis in order to assess which options would best meet the Investment Objectives.”

  1. On 26th April, 2019 the States of Deliberation agreed the following Resolution –

1 (a) TO NEGATIVE THE PROPOSITION to agree that no further work is carried out to assess the business case for extending the airport runway outside its current boundaries given the other options available for meeting Guernsey’s air links objectives including the work of the States’ Trading Supervisory Board investigation to examine the possibility of commissioning 107 metres of starter strip/paved runway end safety area (“RESA”) to increase the current available runway length from 1463 metres to 1570 for take-off and landing on RW09 and landing on RW27.”2

  1. Your Petitioners recognise that the work undertaken by the States’ Trading Supervisory Board has now concluded, and at their meeting on 26th September, 2019 the States of Deliberation resolved as follows:

1. To approve that no further work is carried out to assess the option to extend the airport useable runway within the current airport boundary by reducing the Runway End Safety Area, at the eastern end of the runway, in accordance with the Director of Civil Aviation’s formal advice.”3

  1. In the current circumstances your Petitioners believe that there is merit in the Committee for Economic Development meeting the Resolution of December 2018 and progressing with work to develop the business case and cost benefit analysis of an extension of the runway at Guernsey Airport to achieve a length of 1,700m.

THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, YOUR PETITIONERS humbly pray that the States may be pleased to resolve:

  1. To direct the Committee for Economic Development to present a business case and cost benefit analysis for the extension of the runway at Guernsey Airport to achieve a length of at least 1,700m.

  1. To agree that this work should be completed by May 2020.

  1. To direct the Policy and Resources Committee to make available the necessary funds to carry out this work, should they be required, to not exceed £360,000.



This 6th day of October 2019

Jan Kuttelwascher

Peter Ferbrache

Jeremy Smithies

Joseph Mooney

Marc Leadbeater

Jennifer Merrett

Victoria Oliver


1 See item 19 (P.2018/133) on Billet d’État No. XXVII of 2018.

2 See item 4 (P.2019/21) on Billet d’État No. VII of 2019

3 See item 17 (P.2019/73) on Billet d’État No. XVIII (Vol. 2) of 2019





Using existing runway.

We support anything that will lead to the better connectivity of Guernsey with the mainland. We are hopeful that the Requête of Deputy Kuttelwascher (one of our members) will be one of the first steps in improving the situation.

Synopsis: Maximise existing airport facilities using existing runway to allow competing airlines to service Guernsey.

As of today (02/12/2018), has the ‘Scoping Document’ to the consultants been produced?

Deputy Kuttelwascher’s Requete on the length of Guernsey’s runway:

  1. To direct the States’ Trading Supervisory Board to consult with the Director of Civil Aviation to determine if:
  • a) A 90 metres “undershoot” RESA is acceptable for landings on runway 27
  • b) A 90 metres “overrun” RESA is acceptable on runway 09.


  • c) To  identify any safety enhancements, including EMAS, which would be required  to enable the commissioning of 107 metres of the starter strip/paved RESA or to mitigate the reduction in the length of the RESA from 197 metres to 90 metres.
  1. Following that consultation, if there is evidence to suggest that the commissioning of the 107 metres is possible, to direct the States’ Trading Supervisory Board to return to the States by March 31st 2019 with a Policy Letter giving, inter alia, indicative estimates of the costs of all components of the commissioning requirements.


Discussed: States Meeting on 24 October 2018 (Billet d’État XXIII)

Voted: 35 for, 3 absent, 2 against (Deputies Brehaut, Langlois)

“The 2020 Association” announces its launch.

New Guernsey political association comes into being: “Change starts here!”

Following success in the Island Wide Voting Referendum five members resigned from the Executive Committee of the recently formed Islanders Association because of “irreconcilable differences of administrative style” with another committee member. One of them, Harvey Marshall, says “Many people approached us afterwards, regretting the departure of the majority of the “team” at the Islanders, and asking whether we would be setting up another association. We are pleased to announce that The 2020 Association is the result. The Association is supported by Deputies Ferbrache, Mooney and Kuttelwascher, who will be playing an important role towards its success.

“Although there are some bright stars, it is our confirmed view that the present States is one of the worst ever. It is only when one examines the quality of many of the members of the States, by listening to their debates, and noting the sheer incompetence of some of the decisions taken, that one realises that if this situation continues the island will simply descend ever more speedily into being an economically stultified backwater; a result of not promptly and efficiently addressing vital issues such as connectivity and economic development, and being hampered by complacency and inadequacy.

“We think that the 2020 Association can enable a difference to be made by forming an association which can effectively bring together and support like-minded people who have been quizzed as to their attributes, acumen and approach; a better calibre of people who can stand for the States. This is the first step towards giving Guernsey an efficient government, which is what it so badly needs.

“The 2020 Association aims to provide a focal point which the electorate can recognise and can trust in the context of island wide voting. We will not be a political party. We recognise that the concept of the traditional political party is anathema in Guernsey, and so there will be no whipping. What we intend is that the membership will be canvassed via the internet for their views on particular issues as they arise – to give their opinions on what would be best for the island. The Deputies affiliated to the Association would then be informed of the results of this consultation, and requested to follow those results, but they would do so because of their knowledge of widespread views, and they would always be free to vote according to their own personal convictions if they felt really strongly.

“The first task will be to get a sufficient number of deputies elected under the association’s banner in 2020. Creating a single core manifesto to which 2020 candidates will subscribe will assist this, because the electorate will not have to read many different manifestos.

“Assuming we succeed, our next task will be to start to reform the management of the States and Civil Service, where we would bring a culture of competence, accountability and transparency to both – to encourage better, more considered decision making. We’d remove the silo mentality, leading to more joined up and efficient government; one where people see the big picture instead of focussing on their own departments. We’d encourage an administration with a co-operative “can do” approach, rather than looking for problems.

“We are against unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and the interference of Government, which should be enough to provide the fundamental, critical requirements that individuals cannot of themselves provide – and no more. We seek a realistic path towards a prosperity which should have benefits for all.

“We have a very good team lined up to help manage the above ambition, including, amongst others, Geoff Dorey and Peter Atkinson. And given our success in the IWV issue, we think we could make a big difference to the Island and put Guernsey back on the track which it used to have; where success bred success, rather than its current complacent, inefficient belief that everything will always turn out all right.”

The Chairman of the 2020 Association, Harvey Marshall, added “This is an opportunity for those who voted for Island Wide Voting, and others, to ensure the success of the Island in the future. We urge them all to support the 2020 Association.”


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