Friday, 9 April 2010

CEO Bill Ogley.

Regular readers will be aware of the name “Bill Ogley” He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to the Council of Ministers (COM). Which means he is the island’s most Senior Civil Servant and Chief Advisor to the Government.
Some may know the name “Bill Ogley” from reading the sworn Affidavit of our most senior ranking Police Officer Graham Power. Where CPO Power, among many other things, had this to say about Mr. Ogley.

“The third example I have chosen relates to a Strategic Planning Workshop held at the St Pauls Centre on Friday 24th October 2008. The Workshop was attended by a number of senior public servants including myself and the Chief Executive. At the commencement of the workshop the Chief Executive asked for silence and said that he had an announcement to make. He named a senior civil servant who was present. The person named is a suspect in the abuse investigation but has not been suspended. The Chief Executive said that the suspect had his total support and that “if anyone wants to get…….(the suspect)…….they would have to get me first”. This announcement was applauded by some but not all of the persons present. I took it as a further indication of the “in crowd” closing ranks against the “threat” of the abuse enquiry. The Chief Executive later played a significant role in my suspension.”

It is widely believed the Civil Servant mentioned works “still” at our Education Department, although this is unsubstantiated.
Others may know the name “Bill Ogley” again from the sworn Affidavit of our most senior ranking Police Officer where he had this to say.

T he feeling in the room was tense and there was general talk about the questions asked by the Health Minister and the need for some sort of action in response. I had the feeling that “something was going on” to which I was not a party. After the meeting the Chief Executive, Bill Ogley, asked me to stay behind. Also remaining were the head of States H.R., Ian Crich, the Chief Officer of Health, Mike Pollard and the then Chief Officer of Education, (Tom McKeon who has since retired.) The Chief Executive said that it was anticipated that the Council of Ministers would tomorrow be asked by the then Chief Minister, Senator Frank Walker, to pass a vote of “no confidence” in the Health Minister and that this could result in his removal from office. I was then told of measures that had apparently been put in place to facilitate this. I was told that the islands Child Protection Committee (C.P.C.) was due to meet at the same time as we were meeting and that arrangements had been made for it to pass a vote of “no confidence” in the Minister. It was then suggested that as the heads of the relevant public services we should do something similar and that this would give support to the proposal that the Chief Minister would bring forward the next day.

I was shocked by this and initially did not know what to say. I eventually made two points. Firstly I said that the Minister was entitled to ask difficult questions. As I saw
things that was his role and it was our role to provide a response, and secondly, even if that was not agreed, what was being proposed was civil servant and police engagement in political activity. I stated clearly that I did not see that as acceptable and that I would have nothing to do with it. At this point the Chief Executive asked me to leave the meeting which I did. I then made contact with a police colleague who had been at the C.PC. and discovered that this colleague had also had left their meeting for similar reasons. Shortly afterwards we both made brief notes in relation to what had happened. This was my first noteworthy experience of the formation of an “inner circle” of politicised senior civil servants loyal to the Chief Minister. The Chief Executive and the head of H.R. subsequently played a significant role in my suspension.

So according to CPO Graham Power, Mr. Bill Ogley has been a busy little “B”ee! Some might say poking his nose in where it is not permitted.

It must be said that Bill Ogley denies these allegations, although he hasn’t denied them by a sworn Affidavit, because he doesn’t have to, our Chief Minister has just taken his word for it. That's how things are done in Jersey!

Within the next few days I shall be publishing a few more “bits and pieces” involving Mr. Ogley, including an e-mail exchange involving Lenny Harper, Graham Power and Mr. Ogley. So you can view this as a little introduction.


  1. Hi nice to see one of my pictures in your post. cool!!!

  2. I have had a comment submitted that refers to Child Beaters etc.

    Sorry It's a little close to the mark and I really don't want to fall foul of any defemation or libel laws, as much as I agree with the comment.

    Cover up Jersey, I wondered where I got that picture and thought it looked like it came from your site, so thanks.

  3. Who is this Bill Ogley?

    He gets paid, no takes 4 times a politicians wage and on top of that he is garanteed a pension.

    And what has he achieved in his 12 years in power? yes power!

    What is his future?

    A Knighthood?

    A nice chap to open fates and buildings in Jersey in his retirement?

    A Golf Club Honary Member?

    VFC, why dont you interview this mystery man, with your cam corder?

    Before he disappears without a trace and a huge Golden Hand Shake!

  4. Jacques Chartier9 April 2010 at 20:59

    Nice one VCF and thanks for those words of wisdom the other day.

  5. Yes - we need to find out a lot more about Mr Ogley I think.

    His name seems to occur in relation to quite a few dastardly deeds, and he appears to be untouchable.

    WHY? I'm uncomfortable about my taxes paying for him to be in office.

  6. Bill Ogley was also the man behind the mendacious Imagine Jersey 2035. Ask Deputy Wimberley or Mark Foskitt about it. They were both at the consultation and savaged it at the time. Very clearly an 'ends justifies the means' man.

  7. I can just picture Bill Ogley mincing about and talking the talk in support of alleged child abusers.

    Just wish I'd been there to see all the nodding dogs... luckily a list was compiled at the time!

  8. Hi VFC

    I have been looking at a question asked by deputy tadier to the chief minister on my blog.

    It looks like bill ogley is coated in teflon

    I would say he is untouchable at the moment,will that change we can only hope.


  9. I suspect Ogley knows too much after all, "it's not what you know but what you know abaout who you know"