Geoffrey Rowland

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Sir Geoffrey Robert Rowland QC (1948- ) was Guernsey's Bailiff between 2005 and 2012.

He was born in Guernsey in 1948 and educated at Elizabeth College. He studied Law at Southampton University, graduating in 1969, followed by Caen University, 1970-71.

He was called to the English Bar at Gray's Inn in 1970 and admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court in Guernsey in 1971. He was in practice in the firm of Collas, Day and Rowland between 1971 and 1992, where he became a senior partner in 1984. He was Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission from 1997 until 2002, Chairman of the Guernsey Press 1990-92.

In 1992, he was appointed HM Comptroller, and in 1999 became HM Procureur. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993. He also held office as HM Receiver General between 1999 and 2002.

He was sworn in as Bailiff on 15 June 2005, having served as Deputy Bailiff for three years.

He was knighted in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.

During his time in office, he oversaw the opening of the new Royal Court building in 2009, the launch of the island's Blue Plaque scheme, and the unveiling of plaques in 2010 to commemorate islanders who were deported and evacuated as a result of the German Occupation.

In addition to his duties as Bailiff, he was also an active supporter and patron of a number of local charities. He is also a prominent freemason, serving as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of Guernsey and Alderney from 1997 and was appointed Provincial Grand Master in 2000.

Bailiffs of Guernsey
Predecessor Successor
Sir de Vic Carey
Sir Geoffrey Rowland
Richard Collas


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