The Bailiff, Sir Michael Birt, has presented local resident Mr. Peter Hellyer with a Silver Seal for his contribution to developing a flourishing relationship between Jersey and the UAE.

Mr. Hellyer has committed large amounts of his own time to supporting consecutive Chief Ministers and many visits by Ministerial delegations to the UAE since 2002 when the first overseas visit was made. Mr. Hellyer has acted as the first point of contact for governmental liaison matters, which has enabled him to promote Jersey and its finance sector in the UAE, principally in Abu Dhabi, where he lives.

Mr. Hellyer has established strong diplomatic-level relationships with Emirati Rulers and Ministers and has helped to manage the political relationship and guide members of Jersey's finance industry. His work has helped create and promote strong relationships in Abu Dhabi and the Jersey-UAE relationship would not have flourished as well as it has without his efforts on Jersey's behalf. He has been an excellent ambassador for the Island in the UAE.

Mr. Hellyer has also developed relationships based on the Emirates’ agricultural interests and continues to build strong links with Jersey's Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, forging friendships with senior UAE-based patrons interested in supporting species conservation. Mr. Hellyer has been awarded Emirati citizenship as a leading figure in Abu Dhabi who has contributed greatly across several sectors.

Mr. Hellyer was presented with the Silver Seal by the Bailiff on Wednesday 28th November 2012, at his meeting with His Excellency Mr Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates during the Ambassador’s recent visit to the Island. The award of the Silver Seal was supported by the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst.

Mr. Hellyer has commented –

“I am delighted, and honoured, to have been presented by the Bailiff with the Silver Seal. I have, for many years, viewed both Jersey and the United Arab Emirates as my home and I have much enjoyed helping to promote a successful, and expanding, relationship between the two. The establishment by my grandfather, nearly 100 years ago, of the first Jersey branch of a British accountancy practice, when he was States Auditor, was one of the initial steps towards creating the Jersey finance industry of today, while both my father and mother were involved, nearly fifty years ago, in the creation of the magnificent gardens of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to promote both the finance industry and Durrell, and, more generally, bilateral government-to-government relations, in the United Arab Emirates, and look forward to being able to do so for many years to come.”