Guernsey Government House

Lieutenant-Governor's Cadets

Each year around four or five young people from Guernsey's uniformed youth organisations are selected to serve as Lieutenant-Governor's Cadets.  They play a special role in supporting The Queen's Representative at official and public functions throughout the year.

The Cadets are chosen each summer and are appointed in September, to serve for one year.  Young people aged between 15 and 18 years old on 1st September are invited to apply.

For further information please contact:

Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney
Les Ozouets Campus, Les Ozouets
St Peter Port, Guernsey

Telephone number: 01481 756099

This years cadets are:


Jacob Goss photo

Jacob Goss is 18 years old and in his final year at Elizabeth College.

He has been a member of Guernsey's Army Cadet Force since 2013 and is Second Senior Cadet, in the rank of Cadet Serjeant.  He was selected to assist in the unveiling of the RGLI memorial in Masnières, in November 2017, and also laid a wreath at the last post ceremony at The Menin Gate.  He is a qualified instructor and now assists with teaching the younger cadets. 

Jacob joined the Elizabeth College CCF RAF Section at the start of Year 10, volunteering for the CCF Honour Guard. He was the Guard's most junior member on parade at the memorial service for the late Air Marshal Walker.  He rapidly progressed to become the Senior Cadet and Guard Commander of the newly formed Island Cadet Guard, made up of cadets from both the CCF and ACF, which plays a central role in Island Parades.  Jacob is now the Senior RAF Cadet responsible for the RAF Recruits Section of the CCF.

Jacob has twice represented his school at Bisley. He finished 3rd out of more than 300 cadets in the 2017 Wellington Cup, and shot as part of the Cadet 4 Shooting team.

Jacob was named Best RAF Recruit in 2016 and received the Contingent Commander's Award in 2017 for the Best Year 11 RAF Cadet.

But Jacob's interests are not exclusively military: he is full engaged in social issues as the Island Education Representative on the Youth Forum Volunteer Gateway Club, which provides and supports leisure and recreation for islanders with learning disabilities.

Jacob plans to study politics at University, and was selected as one of eight young people from across the UK to be spend five days on the House of Lords Work Experience Placement Scheme during the summer of 2018.


Jonathan Charmley photo

Jonathan Charmley is 17 years old and a member of Elizabeth College 6th form.

He is an Air Scouts Young Leader, supporting the delivery of training and scouting activities. He holds the Gold Chief Scout Award, and has assisted in a wide range of local community events.

Jonathan is also a member of the Elizabeth College CCF RAF Section, where he holds the rank of Flight Sergeant and is the NCO-in-charge of Flight Simulation training for cadets. He was also the standard bearer on both Liberation and Remembrance parades last year. During the summer of 2018 he attended the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell, gaining a pass with merit.

Jonathan's keen interest in flying was rewarded with the 2019 Allied Air Crew Memorial flying scholarship.

Back on the ground, Jonathan is also a skilled musician, playing the violin and viola, as well as singing. He has been a member of both the Schools' Music Service and the St Saviour's Church Choir for eight years and frequently sings in residential homes for the elderly, both individually and in choirs. He has twice received the Elizabeth College Summer Orchestral Course Cup for Overall Contribution to the Course, and has been the School's Gibson Fleming Music Scholar (Choral) since 2015.

Jonathan's wide-ranging passions range from flight right through to Archaeology. He worked as a Volunteer in the States of Guernsey Archaeology Department over the summer of 2017, as well as in February 2018.

Jonathan is an active fundraiser for local Christian aid charity the Tumaini Fund. He once unleashed his inner Pru, baking and selling enough cupcakes to fund the building of foundations for a school classroom in northwest Tanzania.

Now, THAT'S a technical challenge.

Molly Simpson photo


Molly Simpson is 17 years old and a member of the Ladies' College 6th Form. She moved from the UK to Guernsey six years ago, which she says feels very much like home.

Molly is also a Young Leader with 3rd Guernsey Cubs and Scouts, where she supervises young people in weekly meetings, camps and Explorer activities.  She very much enjoys helping the young Scouts to develop and takes part in many community activities in this role. Molly is also an active member of several community groups.

Molly is an outstanding musician and devotes much time to the Schools' Music Service. She is an accomplished (Grade 8) pianist, oboe player and singer, and is a member of The National Youth Orchestra.

But despite her remarkable talents as an artist, Molly is equally passionate and gifted in the world of science, and frequently shares this with young people across the Island.  She has helped out with JUO Techno Challenge, offering guidance to groups of primary school children in constructing machines for this timed engineering competition.  She runs her school's Remove Science Club and has also helped to coordinate and supervise experiments with Year 5 at Vauvert School.  She also supervises a group of children at weekends, as part of a Science workshop.

Molly has held many leadership positions across a wide range of activities, including Guernsey's Young Enterprise scheme. She was selected to represent Guernsey in the International Youth Science Forum and is aiming to study Bio Chemistry at Nottingham University.


Luke Bourgaize photo

Luke Bourgaize is 16 years old and attends Guernsey's Sixth Form Centre, where he is studying Sociology and Philosophy.

Luke has been a member of TS SARNIA, Guernsey's Sea Cadet unit, for more than five years, where he is now a Corporal and the senior member of the Royal Marine Detachment. He helps to train new recruits and has lead his fellow Cadets on field training exercises throughout the Channel Islands. He is a key member of the Unit, and the staff of TS SARNIA say that, wherever there is an event for which volunteers are needed, you can guarantee that it will be Corporal Bourgaize at the front of the queue.

Luke has helped out on Flag Days, as well as at a tea party held for members of the Charybdis Association. He gave up much of his free time in 2017 to support fundraising activities for The Royal Marines Charity. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, given his very high standard of turnout, he also helps out at the Torteval Scarecrow Festival. Luke is described as a smart, well-qualified and very enthusiastic Cadet, and was named TS SARNIA's Royal Marine Cadet of the Year 2017.

Luke says his experience and responsibilities within the Sea Cadets are also an asset in his daily life, where, among his many achievements, he was selected to receive his school's Student Leadership Award.

But despite the demands of A-Levels and a busy role within the Sea Cadets, Luke still manages to work two days each week at Le Friquet Garden Centre. He is also enjoying his latest undertaking: learning to play the piano.

Luke's ambition is to become a Police Detective: welcome news for Guernsey at a time when there is a national shortfall in that role.