John Alexander Nicholas Le Fondré
|Chief Minister of Jersey|
7 June 2018
|Governor||Sir Stephen Dalton|
|Deputy of St Lawrence|
5th December 2005 - 16 May 2018
Jersey, Channel Islands
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Le Fondré|
John Alexander Nicholas Le Fondré (born c. 1966) is a Jersey politician and the current Chief Minister of Jersey. He has been a Jersey politician since entering the States of Jersey in the 2005 elections, as deputy for the Parish of St Lawrence. He served as Assistant Finance Minister until 20 July 2007, when he assumed the position of Assistant Chief Minister.
He was educated at Victoria College, and went to Kingston Polytechnic to read Accounting and Finance. This included four months at the business school in Montpellier, France, where he became fluent in French. He graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours and went to work for Ernst and Young, both in Jersey and Luxembourg.
His family has owned El Tico, in St Ouen, Jersey, now a restaurant, for generations.
He is a chartered accountant, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (UK) and a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (USA).
He has taken a keen interest in parish affairs, acting as treasurer to the St Lawrence Battle of Flowers Association from 2001 - 2005, and also treasurer to the St Lawrence Parish Magazine - Les Laurentins from 2003 to the present.
He was a Committee Member of the St Lawrence Millennium Committee, and in that capacity also acted as Project Manager for the St Lawrence Millennium Footpath Project (1997 - 2004), also writing and summarising much of the written information on display about the path on the information boards and individual signs, as well as working on the completion of the path itself.
Elected to the States initially in 2005, he was originally the Deputy of St Lawrence, when he took on several roles such as Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Treasury and Transport and Technical Services.
In 2014, he began to work in Scrutiny panels, focusing on numerous projects such as Brexit and the Future Hospital. He also represented the island in the Assemblée Parliamentaire de Francophonie and the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
His political achievements include support the Dairy Industry through the Howard Davis Darm, making social housing rents "flexible" (up to 90% of market rates rather than at 90%), single-day elections and exempting food from GST.
While same-sex marriage was being debated in the States Assembly, Le Fondré aided in producing a 'tolerance clause' which would have allowed businesses to decline to serve same-sex or trans couples for religious reasons, however this proposal was rejected.
In the 2018 Island election, Le Fondré was elected as a Senator on an island-wide basis with 14,204 votes, putting him in third place. 30 states members, including those from the Jersey Reform Party, supported his bid to become Chief Minister.
He is a qualified RYA dinghy instructor and has assisted with teaching youngsters to sail in connection with the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club.
Le Fondré represented Victoria College, the Parish of St Lawrence, and the Island of Jersey in target shooting.